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Death Penalty “Unlikely” for Mississisipi Teen Found Guilty of Running over James Anderson

by Jorge Rivas on September 23 2011, 1:21PM

Hinds County district attorney says he’ll likely grant the victim’s family’s wishes and spare the life of the teen found guilty of running over James Anderson.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Beyond Troy Davis: How Race Colors Death Row 'Justice' Infographic

Beyond Troy Davis: How Race Colors Death Row ‘Justice’

by Jamilah King, Hatty Lee on September 23 2011, 9:00AM

Troy Davis’s execution is an outrage, but it’s a bracingly typical one. Here’s a detailed look at how race shapes who ends up on death row and with life sentences in the U.S.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Troy Davis

William Jelani Cobb Reports from the Prison Gates

William Jelani Cobb Reports from the Prison Gates

by Akiba Solomon on September 22 2011, 2:00PM

The historian and author spent seven hours outside of the prison where Troy Davis was executed last night. Here, he describes the mood of the crowd, the police reaction and he weighs in on why Obama didn’t step in.

Topics: Gender, Criminal Justice, Troy Davis

Wanna Make Troy Davis the Last Death Penalty Victim? Here's How to Start

Wanna Make Troy Davis the Last Death Penalty Victim? Here’s How to Start

by Rinku Sen on September 22 2011, 11:58AM

As people across the globe mourn the death of Troy Davis, it’s time to recognize and support groups that are working to abolish capital punishment.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Movement

A Wrenching Night of Global Solidarity as Georgia Kills Troy Davis Photo

A Wrenching Night of Global Solidarity as Georgia Kills Troy Davis

by Stokely Baksh on September 22 2011, 9:40AM

As the world watched, hundreds gathered outside the prison where Troy Davis was killed last night. They prayed for a more humane and equitable criminal justice system. Now that Davis is slain, the question is how to make that reform real.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Troy Davis

The Long, Murderous Arm of the Law Has Killed Troy Davis

The Long, Murderous Arm of the Law Has Killed Troy Davis

by Kai Wright, Jamilah King on September 21 2011, 11:13PM

Tonight, we mourn not only Davis’s life, but all of those lives that have been destroyed and taken in the name of a criminally unjust system of law and order.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Kai Wright, Troy Davis

Kim Kardashian, Big Boi and the Celebrity Outcry to Save Troy Davis

Kim Kardashian, Big Boi and the Celebrity Outcry to Save Troy Davis

by Jorge Rivas on September 21 2011, 12:24PM

Kim Kardashian surprised many by telling her 10 million followers she believes Troy Davis is innocent, joining other high profile figures who’ve added their names to the cause.

Topics: Criminal Justice

A Circle of Prayer for Troy Davis--and the Country That Would Kill Him

A Circle of Prayer for Troy Davis—and the Country That Would Kill Him

by Jen Marlowe on September 21 2011, 9:27AM

As Georgia prepares to kill Troy Davis tonight, he and his family fight on for justice. “The struggle for justice doesn’t end with me,” he tells his supporters. “This struggle is for all the Troy Davis’s who came before me and all the ones who will come after me.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, Troy Davis

California Puts Into Motion Alternative Custody for Incarcerated Moms

California Puts Into Motion Alternative Custody for Incarcerated Moms

by Julianne Hing on September 20 2011, 9:00AM

But most of these women won’t be going home any time soon. Here’s why.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Family of James Anderson Opposes Death Penalty in Alleged Hate Crime

Family of James Anderson Opposes Death Penalty in Alleged Hate Crime

by Jorge Rivas on September 15 2011, 2:01PM

“The punishment for those with hate in their hearts should be one tempered with love,” says the family.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Georgia Plans to Kill Troy Davis Next Week. Can It Still Be Stopped?

Georgia Plans to Kill Troy Davis Next Week. Can It Still Be Stopped?

by Jen Marlowe on September 14 2011, 9:30AM

The answer remains unclear. But the state clemency board is being bombarded with letters requesting it pay attention to deeply troubling evidence suggesting Davis’s innocence.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Troy Davis

Harsh Immigration Policies Push Latino Majority Into Federal Prisons

Harsh Immigration Policies Push Latino Majority Into Federal Prisons

by Julianne Hing on September 12 2011, 9:45AM

The aggressive prosecutions are driven by a failed political strategy, immigration experts say.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Video Clears Orlando Man of Charges of Trying to Kill Cops

Video Clears Orlando Man of Charges of Trying to Kill Cops

by Jorge Rivas on September 9 2011, 2:38PM

Orlando police officers get caught in a lie. After they shoot a guy twice.

Topics: Criminal Justice

James Anderson's Partner Can't Join Family's Wrongful Death Suit in Mississippi

James Anderson’s Partner Can’t Join Family’s Wrongful Death Suit in Mississippi

by Jorge Rivas on September 9 2011, 1:48PM

Under state law, Anderson’s male partner of 17 years is not allowed to join the family’s civil suit against the white teens suspected in his high-profile murder.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Ohio Gov. Kasich Reduces Charges for Kelley Williams-Bolar

Ohio Gov. Kasich Reduces Charges for Kelley Williams-Bolar

by Julianne Hing on September 8 2011, 10:53AM

After a whirlwind case, the Ohio mom has finally caught a bit of a break.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Georgia Sets September 21 Execution For Troy Davis

Georgia Sets September 21 Execution For Troy Davis

by Jorge Rivas on September 7 2011, 12:29PM

The state seems set on killing a man who many believe is innocent.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Family Files Suit Against Mississippi Teens Accused of Hate Crime

Family Files Suit Against Mississippi Teens Accused of Hate Crime

by Jorge Rivas on September 6 2011, 12:15PM

The family’s suit names all seven teens as defendants.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Arizona Now Charges Families $25 to Visit Loved Ones in State Prisons

Arizona Now Charges Families $25 to Visit Loved Ones in State Prisons

by Jorge Rivas on September 6 2011, 11:46AM

Prisoner advocates consider this the latest frontier for in the billion-dollar private prison industry.

Topics: Criminal Justice

15 Arrested After Amusement Park Calls Cops on Muslim Women

15 Arrested After Amusement Park Calls Cops on Muslim Women

by Jorge Rivas on September 1 2011, 12:52PM

The women were banned from going onto a ride that didn’t allow headgear. It all went downhill from there.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NYC's Non-Plan for Rikers Inmates During Irene Reminds Many of Katrina

NYC’s Non-Plan for Rikers Inmates During Irene Reminds Many of Katrina

by Julianne Hing on August 30 2011, 9:38AM

While city officials claimed that the island that houses 12,000 prisoners wasn’t in immediate danger from Hurricane Irene, they also admitted that there’s no evacuation plan. Period.

Topics: Criminal Justice