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Report: Blacks and Latinos Make Up 86 Percent of Pot Arrests in NYC

Report: Blacks and Latinos Make Up 86 Percent of Pot Arrests in NYC

by Julianne Hing on February 15 2011, 12:30PM

If ever a person needed more salient proof of systemic inequities in criminal justice system, these numbers seem to provide it.

Topics: Criminal Justice

New Orleans Council Votes to Shrink City's Jail Size

New Orleans Council Votes to Shrink City’s Jail Size

by Jamilah King on February 7 2011, 3:17PM

Activists claim victory in the city’s move to approve a third fewer beds in new facility.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Missouri Town Outraged Over Canine Brutality

Missouri Town Outraged Over Canine Brutality

by Channing Kennedy on February 6 2011, 4:21PM

But for black folks? Not so much.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Mass Murders Still Unsolved in New Mexico

Mass Murders Still Unsolved in New Mexico

by Jamilah King on February 4 2011, 11:27AM

The bodies of at least 11 women of color have been found buried in the desert.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Judge Upholds Hate Crime Charges in NYC Muslim Cab Attack

Judge Upholds Hate Crime Charges in NYC Muslim Cab Attack

by Jamilah King on January 27 2011, 10:24AM

Accused slasher Michael Enright plead not guilty on Wednesday.

Topics: Criminal Justice

The Onion: White Girl Sentenced To Trial As Black Adult

The Onion: White Girl Sentenced To Trial As Black Adult

by Jamilah King on January 24 2011, 11:05AM

Because sometimes all you can do is laugh.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Investigations Force Feds to Revisit Murders of Civil Rights Era

Investigations Force Feds to Revisit Murders of Civil Rights Era

by Benjamin Greenberg on January 12 2011, 10:17AM

There were many more killings than those of activists. A Louisiana black businessman’s murder is the latest case reporters have reopened.

Topics: Criminal Justice, History

Georgia to Investigate Reports of Prisoner Abuse

Georgia to Investigate Reports of Prisoner Abuse

by Julianne Hing on January 7 2011, 3:39PM

The news comes weeks after inmates used cell phones to stage massive work stoppages.

Topics: Criminal Justice

San Francisco Cops Caught on Tape Shooting Man in Wheelchair

San Francisco Cops Caught on Tape Shooting Man in Wheelchair

by Jamilah King on January 6 2011, 11:21AM

After two police shootings in as many weeks, department brass hope Tasers can salvage city morale.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NAACP: Georgia Prison Guards Beat Inmates in Retaliatory Violence

NAACP: Georgia Prison Guards Beat Inmates in Retaliatory Violence

by Julianne Hing on January 4 2011, 4:22PM

New reports surface weeks after inmates staged massive strikes at four Georgia prisons.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Arnold Cuts Life Sentence For Abused Sex Worker

Arnold Cuts Life Sentence For Abused Sex Worker

by Jamilah King on January 4 2011, 12:19PM

On his last day in office, Gov. Schwarzenegger gave a ray of hope to Sara Kruzan.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Schools & Youth

Scott Sisters Finally Set Free

Scott Sisters Finally Set Free

by Jamilah King on January 3 2011, 11:29AM

But don’t go patting Gov. Barbour on the back just yet.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Words of Love for Georgia Prison Strikers

Words of Love for Georgia Prison Strikers

by Jamilah King on December 15 2010, 6:55PM

Inmates with contraband cell phones have helped ignite new furor over inhumane prison conditions.

Topics: Celebrate Love, Criminal Justice

No Criminal Charges for Seattle's Racial-Slur-Slinging Cop

No Criminal Charges for Seattle’s Racial-Slur-Slinging Cop

by Julianne Hing on December 15 2010, 4:45PM

Shandy Cobane still faces FBI and Internal Affairs investigations.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Georgia Prisoners End Protest, But Continue Demands

Georgia Prisoners End Protest, But Continue Demands

by Julianne Hing on December 15 2010, 12:44PM

Inmates used cell phones, and good old fashioned organizing to capture the nation’s attention.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Colorado Welcomes First Latina, Lesbian Supreme Court Justice

Colorado Welcomes First Latina, Lesbian Supreme Court Justice

by Jamilah King on December 15 2010, 12:22PM

The move comes as the state considers Arizona-style immigration reforms.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Teen Convicted of First-Degree Murder for Derrion Albert's Death

Teen Convicted of First-Degree Murder for Derrion Albert’s Death

by Julianne Hing on December 13 2010, 4:20PM

Meanwhile, four other teens face additional charges.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Three NOPD Convicted for Henry Glover's Post-Katrina Killing

Three NOPD Convicted for Henry Glover’s Post-Katrina Killing

by Julianne Hing on December 13 2010, 12:35PM

Now the police force makes its slow move toward reform.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Superior Court Judge Denies Mehserle Bail

Superior Court Judge Denies Mehserle Bail

by Jamilah King on December 3 2010, 5:45PM

Meanwhile, Mehserle’s still appealing his charge on involuntary manslaughter.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Kamala Harris Win Rounds Out Dem Sweep of Cali

Kamala Harris Win Rounds Out Dem Sweep of Cali

by Jamilah King on November 29 2010, 12:25AM

Looks like there’s still hope for democrats.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Politics