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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

Georgia Sets September 21 Execution For Troy Davis

Georgia Sets September 21 Execution For Troy Davis

by Jorge Rivas on September 7 2011, 12:29PM

The state seems set on killing a man who many believe is innocent.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Family Files Suit Against Mississippi Teens Accused of Hate Crime

Family Files Suit Against Mississippi Teens Accused of Hate Crime

by Jorge Rivas on September 6 2011, 12:15PM

The family’s suit names all seven teens as defendants.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Arizona Now Charges Families $25 to Visit Loved Ones in State Prisons

Arizona Now Charges Families $25 to Visit Loved Ones in State Prisons

by Jorge Rivas on September 6 2011, 11:46AM

Prisoner advocates consider this the latest frontier for in the billion-dollar private prison industry.

Topics: Criminal Justice

15 Arrested After Amusement Park Calls Cops on Muslim Women

15 Arrested After Amusement Park Calls Cops on Muslim Women

by Jorge Rivas on September 1 2011, 12:52PM

The women were banned from going onto a ride that didn’t allow headgear. It all went downhill from there.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NYC's Non-Plan for Rikers Inmates During Irene Reminds Many of Katrina

NYC’s Non-Plan for Rikers Inmates During Irene Reminds Many of Katrina

by Julianne Hing on August 30 2011, 9:38AM

While city officials claimed that the island that houses 12,000 prisoners wasn’t in immediate danger from Hurricane Irene, they also admitted that there’s no evacuation plan. Period.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Twitter Rages as NY Announces No Evacuation Plan for Rikers

Twitter Rages as NY Announces No Evacuation Plan for Rikers

by Jorge Rivas on August 29 2011, 2:30PM

Major publications avoided the biggest story in New York’s battle against Hurricane Irene. Twitter played a critical row in bringing the news to the masses.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Environment

NYPD Has Been Spying on Muslims, Even When No Crime Is Involved

NYPD Has Been Spying on Muslims, Even When No Crime Is Involved

by Jorge Rivas on August 25 2011, 4:36AM

In a bombshell investigation, the AP uncovers an NYPD spying ring that would put the CIA and FBI to shame.

Topics: Criminal Justice

New Details in Violent Mississippi Murder of James Craig Anderson

New Details in Violent Mississippi Murder of James Craig Anderson

by Jorge Rivas on August 23 2011, 12:25PM

Family members remember the man who loved his church choir, his partner, and the four-year-old girl they raised as their own.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Feds Probe Los Angeles Sheriff Racial Profiling in White Suburbs

Feds Probe Los Angeles Sheriff Racial Profiling in White Suburbs

by Bryan Gerhart on August 23 2011, 10:51AM

Antelope Valley deputies are accused of profiling and harassing public housing residents in an effort to chase away a growing black and Latino population.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy

Black and Latino Parents Lose Child Custody Over Marijuana Charges

Black and Latino Parents Lose Child Custody Over Marijuana Charges

by Jorge Rivas on August 18 2011, 1:05PM

The New York Times reports on a startling trend that’s seeing black and Latino parents lose their children because of minor drug possession, even though whites use drugs more often.

Topics: Criminal Justice

The U.S. Is Still Recovering from 'Supercop' Bill Bratton's Policing

The U.S. Is Still Recovering from ‘Supercop’ Bill Bratton’s Policing

by Jamilah King on August 17 2011, 10:00AM

Activists say that the man who led New York and Los Angeles’s police departments into the days of zero tolerance on crime is a bad choice to lead London’s recovery.

Topics: Criminal Justice, London Riots

Deadly Secrets: What Calif. Residents Can't Know About Police Misconduct Play

Deadly Secrets: What Calif. Residents Can’t Know About Police Misconduct

by Ali Winston on August 17 2011, 9:55AM

A dramatic rollback in transparency laws left Californians with no way to monitor police misconduct complaints—and thus prevent future violence. Ali Winston investigates.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Deadly Secrets: How California Law Shields Oakland Police Violence

Deadly Secrets: How California Law Shields Oakland Police Violence

by Ali Winston on August 17 2011, 9:54AM

A dramatic rollback in transparency laws five years ago left California residents with no way to monitor police misconduct complaints—and thus prevent future violence. A Colorlines.com investigation finds Oakland is one of the cities left most vulnerable.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Police Secrets

Toddler's Murder Begs Hard Questions About Violence--and Policing

Toddler’s Murder Begs Hard Questions About Violence—and Policing

by Julianne Hing on August 17 2011, 9:50AM

East Oakland has long been plagued by gun violence, and many in the community have demanded more cops. They’ve also demanded more respect and less violence from the police who protect them.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Protestors Interrupt San Francisco Bay Area Transit System (BART) Service

Protestors Interrupt San Francisco Bay Area Transit System (BART) Service

by Jorge Rivas on August 16 2011, 12:29PM

Transit agency had to temporarily close all four downtown stations during the evening commute, but not before cutting cell phone service to people protesting the police shooting of Charles Hill.

Topics: Criminal Justice