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Got a Record? You Can Still Get a Job in Massachusetts

Got a Record? You Can Still Get a Job in Massachusetts

by Dom Apollon on September 3 2010, 12:04PM

Massachusetts just became the second state to “ban the box” on job applications in both the public and private sector.

Topics: Criminal Justice

DOJ vs. Joe Arpaio: Here Comes the Lawsuit

DOJ vs. Joe Arpaio: Here Comes the Lawsuit

by Julianne Hing on September 2 2010, 6:12PM

The DOJ has been investigating the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for alleged civil rights abuses since 2009.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

It Cost BART $6 Million to Kill Oscar Grant

It Cost BART $6 Million to Kill Oscar Grant

by Julianne Hing on August 31 2010, 11:42AM

It might be legally defensible for police to kill innocent people, but it sure is expensive.

Topics: Criminal Justice

How New Orleans Plans to Clean Up Its Cops Infographic

How New Orleans Plans to Clean Up Its Cops

by Hatty Lee on August 30 2010, 11:10AM

A breakdown of the efforts to rebuild New Orleans police—and hold officers’ accountable to violence in the days after Katrina.

Topics: Criminal Justice

For New Orleans, Katrina Recovery Means Remaking Police, Too

For New Orleans, Katrina Recovery Means Remaking Police, Too

by Julianne Hing on August 30 2010, 11:02AM

With the Justice Department bearing down, the city tries to go from worst to best in holding police accountable to the communities they serve.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Katrina Recovery

Feds Talk About Prisoner Sex Abuse, But Don't Act

Feds Talk About Prisoner Sex Abuse, But Don’t Act

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on August 27 2010, 2:21PM

Attorney General Eric Holder regrets missing deadline to institute changes.

Topics: Criminal Justice

ACLU Confronts Denver Prison's Abusive Strip Searches

ACLU Confronts Denver Prison’s Abusive Strip Searches

by Michelle Chen on August 27 2010, 9:16AM

Allegations of abusive strip searches at a prison reflect the perverse power imbalance inherent in the system.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality, On Gender

Marcelo Lucero's Teen Killers Sentenced for Anti-Immigrant Attack

Marcelo Lucero’s Teen Killers Sentenced for Anti-Immigrant Attack

by Julianne Hing on August 26 2010, 12:30PM

The teens admitted to taking part in the perverse sport of “beaner-hopping,” where they would prowl the streets looking for Latino immigrants to attack.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

NYPD Declines Hometown Meeting on Racial Profiling

NYPD Declines Hometown Meeting on Racial Profiling

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on August 25 2010, 5:09PM

Meanwhile, department’s nationwide take a step toward progressive change.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Did New Orleans Authorize NOPD To Shoot

Did New Orleans Authorize NOPD To Shoot “Looters” After Katrina?

by Julianne Hing on August 25 2010, 12:30PM

New reports allege police brass called martial law to “take back the city and shoot looters.”

Topics: Criminal Justice

Before SB 1070, Arizona Sold Prisons to Highest Bidders

Before SB 1070, Arizona Sold Prisons to Highest Bidders

by Jamilah King on August 25 2010, 11:18AM

Before SB 1070, lawmakers had all but turned the state’s prisons over to private companies. Now they’re getting cheated.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Will NOPD's Impressive 65-Point Plan Overhaul Troubled Agency?

Will NOPD’s Impressive 65-Point Plan Overhaul Troubled Agency?

by Julianne Hing on August 24 2010, 1:27PM

Many of the changes are structural reforms that include instituting weekly accountability meetings

Topics: Criminal Justice

Wisconsin Responds to Imprisoned Women's Mental Health Crisis

Wisconsin Responds to Imprisoned Women’s Mental Health Crisis

by Michelle Chen on August 24 2010, 9:10AM

The ACLU has settled a landmark lawsuit over female inmates’ mental and physical health services in Wisconsin.

Topics: Criminal Justice, On Gender

Wanted: Ebonics Translators for DEA

Wanted: Ebonics Translators for DEA

by Jamilah King on August 23 2010, 6:40PM

And the language debate flares up again.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Five New Not-Guilty Pleas from NOPD Over Henry Glover's Death

Five New Not-Guilty Pleas from NOPD Over Henry Glover’s Death

by Julianne Hing on August 20 2010, 2:21PM

One officer could face a lifetime prison sentence if found guilty.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NYPD Shoots Man 23 Times, Then Hits Him With 3 Weapons Charges

NYPD Shoots Man 23 Times, Then Hits Him With 3 Weapons Charges

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on August 19 2010, 1:02PM

And he still faces a possible charge of attempted murder.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Groups Press Justice Department on Prison Rape

Groups Press Justice Department on Prison Rape

by Michelle Chen on August 18 2010, 11:23AM

Groups call for an end to the culture of impunity that looms over the incarcerated.

Topics: Criminal Justice, On Gender

Remembering the 1965 Watts Riots Photo

Remembering the 1965 Watts Riots

by Hatty Lee on August 14 2010, 12:04PM

This week marks the 45th anniversary of a violent eruption that revealed the frustration—and fury—injustice creates inside walled-off urban ghettos.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Feds Probe Detroit Cops' Shooting of 7-Year-Old Girl

Feds Probe Detroit Cops’ Shooting of 7-Year-Old Girl

by Jamilah King on August 12 2010, 3:31PM

And it’s not the first time Detroit police have been eyed by the feds amid brutality claims.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Update: The NYPD Just Won't Stop On Frisking

Update: The NYPD Just Won’t Stop On Frisking

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on August 12 2010, 1:00PM

88 percent of those stopped were black and Latino, according to department data.

Topics: Criminal Justice