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Support for Death Penalty Falls to a 39-Year-Low After Troy Davis Infographic

Support for Death Penalty Falls to a 39-Year-Low After Troy Davis

by Jorge Rivas on October 14 2011, 11:46AM

Support for the penalty is down, according to a Gallup Poll. Republicans, men, whites and those living in the South and Midwest more like to support it, while people under 30 are more likely to oppose.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Prisoner Health Deteriorates as California Clamps Down on Strike

Prisoner Health Deteriorates as California Clamps Down on Strike

by Julianne Hing on October 13 2011, 10:13AM

One participating striker at Pelican Bay reportedly had to be taken to an Oregon hospital after suffering a heart attack

Topics: Criminal Justice

Supreme Court: Mumia Abu-Jamal Can Get New Sentencing

Supreme Court: Mumia Abu-Jamal Can Get New Sentencing

by Jorge Rivas on October 11 2011, 2:20PM

Supreme Court clears the way for one of the country’s most widely known inmates to get new sentencing.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Troy Davis's Last Words: 'Continue To Fight This Fight'

Troy Davis’s Last Words: ‘Continue To Fight This Fight’

by Jorge Rivas on October 11 2011, 1:32PM

Troy Davis’s last words moments before his execution: “All that I can ask is that each of you look deeper into this case, so that you really will finally see the truth.”

Topics: Criminal Justice

Detroit Grieves As Aiyana Stanley Jones's Father Faces Murder Charge

Detroit Grieves As Aiyana Stanley Jones’s Father Faces Murder Charge

by Jamilah King on October 6 2011, 2:19PM

The indictment came one after Officer Joseph Weekley was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 7-year-old’s death. But what can change Detroit’s deeply flawed method of policing?

Topics: Criminal Justice

Study: Incarcerating Hordes of Youth is Costly and Ineffective

Study: Incarcerating Hordes of Youth is Costly and Ineffective

by Jorge Rivas on October 5 2011, 1:58PM

The Annie E. Casey Foundation says that prison is no place for kids.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Schools & Youth

The Myth of the 'Perfect Immigrant' Does More Harm Than Good

The Myth of the ‘Perfect Immigrant’ Does More Harm Than Good

by Julianne Hing on October 5 2011, 10:00AM

Immigration advocate Michelle Fei says that our criminal justice system is imperfect. So why do we expect the country’s immigrants to be?

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

Guards Retaliate Against Inmates In Growing Prison Hunger Strike

Guards Retaliate Against Inmates In Growing Prison Hunger Strike

by Noelle de la Paz on October 5 2011, 10:00AM

As the strike spreads to Arizona, Mississippi and Oklahoma, prison officials have begun to crackdown on its leaders.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Detroit Police Officer Charged in Shooting Death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones

Detroit Police Officer Charged in Shooting Death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones

by Jorge Rivas on October 4 2011, 3:40PM

Joseph Weekley has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones.

Topics: Criminal Justice

The Movement to Stop Prisons From Shackling Women in Labor Builds

The Movement to Stop Prisons From Shackling Women in Labor Builds

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on October 4 2011, 9:31AM

Four more states passed laws banning the practice this legislative year, but the vast majority of state prisons still maintain the absurd idea that a woman in childbirth is a security risk.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Troy Davis's Legacy: A New, Deeply Personal Movement

Troy Davis’s Legacy: A New, Deeply Personal Movement

by Jen Marlowe, Kung Li on September 30 2011, 10:05AM

Thousands of young, black men and women in the South are declaring “I am Troy Davis” as if their lives depend on it. And they do. The fight against systemic racism in the justice system may have finally exploded out of the courts and into the community.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Troy Davis

Irvine 11 Case Against Muslim Students Sets Dangerous Precedent

Irvine 11 Case Against Muslim Students Sets Dangerous Precedent

by Noelle de la Paz on September 28 2011, 10:03AM

An Orange County jury found 10 Muslim student protesters guilty of violating Israeli ambassador Michael Oren’s freedom of speech. But will the verdict stifle protests by students of color on college campuses?

Topics: Criminal Justice

California's Prison Hunger Strike is Back On

California’s Prison Hunger Strike is Back On

by Julianne Hing on September 27 2011, 10:17AM

After refusing meals for nearly a month last summer, inmates say their demands still haven’t been met.

Topics: Criminal Justice

White Teen Accused in Hate Crime Killing of Black Man Says He Was 'Seeking Revenge'

White Teen Accused in Hate Crime Killing of Black Man Says He Was ‘Seeking Revenge’

by Jorge Rivas on September 26 2011, 12:47PM

The AP reports that Deryl Dedmon wanted payback for being robbed weeks earlier. James Craig Anderson payed the ultimate price.

Topics: Criminal Justice

More Than Half of 'Armed' Suspects Shot by LA Sheriff Were Not Armed

More Than Half of ‘Armed’ Suspects Shot by LA Sheriff Were Not Armed

by Jorge Rivas on September 23 2011, 2:07PM

A Board of Supervisors study finds an alarming rise in so-called “waistband shootings,” in which cops fired at suspects holding items such as sunglasses and cell phones. Nine out of 10 victims were black or Latino.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Death Penalty

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