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Raquel Nelson's Absurd Prosecution Was Common For Black Women

Raquel Nelson’s Absurd Prosecution Was Common For Black Women

by Julianne Hing on August 2 2011, 11:37AM

“Black women are seen as harmful to their children and to society rather than as caregivers and as nurturers, except insofar as they do it as paid work, as nannies,” says UCLA scholar Sarah Haley.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Raquel Nelson

Chicago Police Shooting Spree? 43 Shot Already in 2011; 16 Dead

Chicago Police Shooting Spree? 43 Shot Already in 2011; 16 Dead

by Asraa Mustufa on August 2 2011, 9:31AM

Chicago police have already shot nearly as many residents as all of last year—most recently a 13-year-old boy. Cops argue it’s because residents have “a total lack of respect and fear.” Residents say cops are “targeting black children.”

Topics: Criminal Justice

Death Row Reform: 'We Can No Longer Pretend Courts Are Colorblind'

Death Row Reform: ‘We Can No Longer Pretend Courts Are Colorblind’

by Jamilah King on August 1 2011, 9:45AM

A North Carolina inmate will this summer be the first to invoke a state law that allows appeals based on racial bias in capital punishment sentencing.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Raquel Nelson and the Aggressive Prosecutions of Black Mothers

Raquel Nelson and the Aggressive Prosecutions of Black Mothers

by Julianne Hing on July 28 2011, 1:13PM

The criminal justice system has been especially quick in recent years to slam poor, black mothers.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Raquel Nelson

From Attica to Pelican Bay: A Brief History of Prison Rebellions

From Attica to Pelican Bay: A Brief History of Prison Rebellions

by Bryan Gerhart on July 27 2011, 10:00AM

With news that California’s prison hunger strike may have ended, we take a look back at seminal prison rebellions that have called for similar changes.

Topics: Criminal Justice

SFPD Defense of Cop Shooting? Victim's Fatal Wound Was 'Self-Inflicted'

SFPD Defense of Cop Shooting? Victim’s Fatal Wound Was ‘Self-Inflicted’

by Bryan Gerhart on July 25 2011, 10:30AM

While community outrage continues to run high and video of the shooting spreads across the Web, residents want real police accountability.

Topics: Criminal Justice

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