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Has California's Prison Hunger Strike Really Ended?

Has California’s Prison Hunger Strike Really Ended?

by Jamilah King on July 21 2011, 4:27PM

Advocates say that nothing’s been confirmed, and it’s unclear whether inmate demands have been met.

Topics: Criminal Justice

35 Arrested Protesting Police Killing of 19-Year-Old in San Francisco

35 Arrested Protesting Police Killing of 19-Year-Old in San Francisco

by Bryan Gerhart on July 21 2011, 9:30AM

Residents and activists are speaking out against an increase in what they call “transit racism” and harassment by police.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Inmate Health Dwindles as Prison Hunger Strike Enters Fourth Week

Inmate Health Dwindles as Prison Hunger Strike Enters Fourth Week

by Jorge Rivas on July 20 2011, 12:13PM

Some striking inmates have lost over 20 pounds, and the situation is fast becoming a matter of life or death.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Johntue Caldwell, Best Friend of Oscar Grant, Found Dead

Johntue Caldwell, Best Friend of Oscar Grant, Found Dead

by Julianne Hing on July 18 2011, 10:13AM

Caldwell was with Grant on January 1, 2009, when Grant was shot and killed by Johannes Mehserle, a BART transit officer.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Does the Road to Prison Reform Wind Through the Right Wing?

Does the Road to Prison Reform Wind Through the Right Wing?

by Shani O. Hilton on July 15 2011, 9:52AM

Things have moved slowly on Capitol Hill. Now, NAACP says conservative allies may speed things up.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War, Politics

Who's Policing Miami Cops After 63 Unsolved Civilian Shootings?

Who’s Policing Miami Cops After 63 Unsolved Civilian Shootings?

by Bryan Gerhart on July 14 2011, 10:00AM

Once again, Miami cops are living up to their brutal reputation.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Protesters Disrupt Train Service, Ridicule BART Rep

Protesters Disrupt Train Service, Ridicule BART Rep

by Bryan Gerhart on July 13 2011, 12:55PM

Commuters were held up during a protest against fatal shootings by BART police at Civic Center Station in San Francisco.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Witness Account of BART Police Shooting Prompts More Questions

Witness Account of BART Police Shooting Prompts More Questions

by Bryan Gerhart on July 11 2011, 1:30PM

Those who saw the shooting say that transit cops should “absolutely not” have shot and killed Charles Blair Hill.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Thousands of CA Inmates Show Solidarity With Prison Hunger Strike

Thousands of CA Inmates Show Solidarity With Prison Hunger Strike

by Bryan Gerhart on July 8 2011, 11:13AM

Over 6,000 strikers are participating so in an effort that’s reached across counties and states to call for more humane treatment in some of the country’s harshest prison units.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Five Prison Reform Ideas Being Ignored on Capitol Hill

Five Prison Reform Ideas Being Ignored on Capitol Hill

by Shani O. Hilton on July 8 2011, 10:20AM

There’s no shortage of ideas for fixing the damage done by decades of drug war.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War

BART Officers Kill Man at San Francisco Train Station

BART Officers Kill Man at San Francisco Train Station

by Bryan Gerhart on July 6 2011, 2:18PM

The department must now explain as much as possible to a public already wary of the officers in the wake of Oscar Grant.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NYPD Caught on Tape Beating Fans at Hip-Hop Release Party

NYPD Caught on Tape Beating Fans at Hip-Hop Release Party

by Jorge Rivas on July 1 2011, 1:30PM

Fans came to support hip-hop legends. Instead, they were met with a brutal cop takedown. Now they’re fighting against charges that they were the aggressors.

Topics: Criminal Justice

The Next Battle for Crack Cocaine Sentence Reform? Congress

The Next Battle for Crack Cocaine Sentence Reform? Congress

by Shani O. Hilton on July 1 2011, 11:40AM

Not every crack cocaine offender will have their sentence reduced. Here’s why.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War

Justice Revisited! Crack Sentencing Reform Applies to Old Convictions

Justice Revisited! Crack Sentencing Reform Applies to Old Convictions

by Shani O. Hilton on June 30 2011, 9:29AM

The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to retroactively apply Congress’ 2010 reform to drug convictions.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War

Oscar Grant's Family Wins $1.3 Million Settlement

Oscar Grant’s Family Wins $1.3 Million Settlement

by Julianne Hing on June 29 2011, 2:43PM

The Bay Area transit agency has agreed to pay the family in its wrongful death and civil rights suit.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Trial for Post-Katrina Danziger Bridge Police Shootings Begins

Trial for Post-Katrina Danziger Bridge Police Shootings Begins

by Julianne Hing on June 29 2011, 10:00AM

The trial is the largest of a string of prosecutions the Department of Justice has pursued against the NOPD for fatal shootings that took place in the days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Paramedic: Oscar Grant Received Inadequate Treatment After Shooting

Paramedic: Oscar Grant Received Inadequate Treatment After Shooting

by Asraa Mustufa on June 28 2011, 1:27PM

A lawsuit accuses the Oakland Fire Department of covering up misconduct in the infamous police shooting incident.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Supporters Remember Vincent Chin, Still Search for Justice

Supporters Remember Vincent Chin, Still Search for Justice

by Asraa Mustufa on June 21 2011, 3:30PM

It’s been nearly 30 years since Chin was murdered amid massive deindustrialization in Detroit.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Former Transit Cop Johannes Mehserle Has Retail Dreams

Former Transit Cop Johannes Mehserle Has Retail Dreams

by Julianne Hing on June 20 2011, 9:58AM

After serving 11 months in jail for the murder of Oscar Grant, Mehserle is ready to move on with his life.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Evaluating the Drug War on Its 40th Birthday, by the Numbers Infographic

Evaluating the Drug War on Its 40th Birthday, by the Numbers

by Akiba Solomon, Stokely Baksh on June 17 2011, 11:40AM

Forty years and $1 trillion in, the war on drugs hasn’t worked—unless locking up a massive number of black and brown people was the plan all along.

Topics: Gender, Criminal Justice, Drug War