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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

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