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Englewood 5 Released After Confessions Proven to be Coerced

Englewood 5 Released After Confessions Proven to be Coerced

by Jorge Rivas on November 17 2011, 4:45PM

Five Chicago black men were released from prison yesterday after lawyers and DNA evidence proved the men were forced to make false confessions.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NYC Muslim Leaders Encourage Residents to Know Their Rights

NYC Muslim Leaders Encourage Residents to Know Their Rights

by Jorge Rivas on November 15 2011, 3:05PM

After an investigation found that the NYPD had infiltrated hundreds of Muslim mosques to spy on civilians, community leaders are people to be careful.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Report: 66 Percent of Hate Crime Victims Targeted Because of Anti-Latino Bias

Report: 66 Percent of Hate Crime Victims Targeted Because of Anti-Latino Bias

by Jorge Rivas on November 15 2011, 11:35AM

As the country becomes browner, hate crimes against Latinos are on the rise.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

New Report Finds Private Prisons a Threat to Criminal Justice Reform

New Report Finds Private Prisons a Threat to Criminal Justice Reform

by Noelle de la Paz on November 11 2011, 10:08AM

As state’s struggle to close record budget gaps, private prisons have become an easy way to make millions.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Convictions Overturned for Three Wrongfully Accused Men in Dixmoor Five Case

Convictions Overturned for Three Wrongfully Accused Men in Dixmoor Five Case

by Jorge Rivas on November 4 2011, 1:20PM

The case brings shines a critical light on how cops interrogate teens in high-profile criminal investigations.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Crack Cocaine Sentencing Reforms Go Into Effect

Crack Cocaine Sentencing Reforms Go Into Effect

by Jorge Rivas on November 2 2011, 5:16PM

An estimated 12,000 people serving time for crack cocaine offenses could see their sentences reduced.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Zurana Horton's Murder Gives Brooklyn a Ground Zero of Gun Terror

Zurana Horton’s Murder Gives Brooklyn a Ground Zero of Gun Terror

by Curtis Stephen on November 1 2011, 9:45AM

When a 34-year-old mom was gunned down by stray bullets, her murder gripped the city and made global headlines. The news cycle has moved on, but Brownsville remains as flooded as ever with guns.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Dispatches, Guns

Teen Accused in James Anderson's Killing Linked to Other Hate Crimes

Teen Accused in James Anderson’s Killing Linked to Other Hate Crimes

by Jorge Rivas on October 28 2011, 10:44AM

Parents, students and now the Department of Justice say Deryl Dedmon has been involved in multiple hate crimes in Mississippi.

Topics: Criminal Justice

The Police Raid on Occupy Oakland Was Nothing New for This City

The Police Raid on Occupy Oakland Was Nothing New for This City

by Ali Winston on October 28 2011, 10:25AM

This week’s chaos was the latest in at least two years of violent responses to public protest—and a long string of violence against suspects in black neighborhoods.

Topics: #Occupy, Criminal Justice

NYPD Officer Tries to Explain Away The 50 Shots That Killed Sean Bell

NYPD Officer Tries to Explain Away The 50 Shots That Killed Sean Bell

by Jorge Rivas on October 27 2011, 2:16PM

NYPD Detective Gescard Isnora is facing disciplinary action five years after Bell’s death.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NYPD Cop Taped Making Racial Slur About Black Man After Stop-and-Frisk

NYPD Cop Taped Making Racial Slur About Black Man After Stop-and-Frisk

by Jorge Rivas on October 18 2011, 11:51AM

It’s just the latest case of racial bias in a controversial departmental policy that targets young black and brown men.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Dozens of Beatings and Coverups by Officers in L.A. County Jails

Dozens of Beatings and Coverups by Officers in L.A. County Jails

by Jorge Rivas on October 14 2011, 3:58PM

The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department is under even more scrutiny, just as the state begins moving thousands of inmates from state prisons to county jails.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Calif. Prison Hunger Strike Ends at Pelican Bay, Continues Elsewhere

Calif. Prison Hunger Strike Ends at Pelican Bay, Continues Elsewhere

by Jorge Rivas on October 14 2011, 3:44PM

Prisoner advocates say a three-week hunger strike protesting long-term solitary confinement has ended at the “supermax” Pelican Bay. But reports say it’s ongoing in at least two other state prisons.

Topics: Criminal Justice

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