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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

Oscar Grant's Family Wins $1.3 Million Settlement

Oscar Grant’s Family Wins $1.3 Million Settlement

by Julianne Hing on June 29 2011, 2:43PM

The Bay Area transit agency has agreed to pay the family in its wrongful death and civil rights suit.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Trial for Post-Katrina Danziger Bridge Police Shootings Begins

Trial for Post-Katrina Danziger Bridge Police Shootings Begins

by Julianne Hing on June 29 2011, 10:00AM

The trial is the largest of a string of prosecutions the Department of Justice has pursued against the NOPD for fatal shootings that took place in the days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Paramedic: Oscar Grant Received Inadequate Treatment After Shooting

Paramedic: Oscar Grant Received Inadequate Treatment After Shooting

by Asraa Mustufa on June 28 2011, 1:27PM

A lawsuit accuses the Oakland Fire Department of covering up misconduct in the infamous police shooting incident.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Supporters Remember Vincent Chin, Still Search for Justice

Supporters Remember Vincent Chin, Still Search for Justice

by Asraa Mustufa on June 21 2011, 3:30PM

It’s been nearly 30 years since Chin was murdered amid massive deindustrialization in Detroit.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Former Transit Cop Johannes Mehserle Has Retail Dreams

Former Transit Cop Johannes Mehserle Has Retail Dreams

by Julianne Hing on June 20 2011, 9:58AM

After serving 11 months in jail for the murder of Oscar Grant, Mehserle is ready to move on with his life.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Evaluating the Drug War on Its 40th Birthday, by the Numbers Infographic

Evaluating the Drug War on Its 40th Birthday, by the Numbers

by Akiba Solomon, Stokely Baksh on June 17 2011, 11:40AM

Forty years and $1 trillion in, the war on drugs hasn’t worked—unless locking up a massive number of black and brown people was the plan all along.

Topics: Gender, Criminal Justice, Drug War

Are Cell Phones Public Enemy Number One With Miami Cops?

Are Cell Phones Public Enemy Number One With Miami Cops?

by Jamilah King on June 16 2011, 1:15PM

The Miami Herald reports that since 2008, at least 11 people claim that they’ve been arrested and/or had their phones confiscated by police officers.

Topics: Criminal Justice

History Repeats Itself in Peter King's Fear of Black 'Prislam'

History Repeats Itself in Peter King’s Fear of Black ‘Prislam’

by Shani O. Hilton on June 16 2011, 10:41AM

In round two of the Republican legislator’s hearings on so-called radicalization among Muslim Americans, committee members fuss over a familiar threat: black men who convert in prison.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security

Cleveland Cops Caught On Tape Brutally Beating Suspect

Cleveland Cops Caught On Tape Brutally Beating Suspect

by Asraa Mustufa on June 14 2011, 2:53PM

Police officials insist there’s been no cover-up.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Remembering Oscar Grant on the Day of Johannes Mehserle's Release

Remembering Oscar Grant on the Day of Johannes Mehserle’s Release

by Julianne Hing on June 14 2011, 9:31AM

As the world reacts with anger, Oscar Grant’s family continues to grieve.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial