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Michelle Alexander: More Black Men in Prison Than Were Enslaved in 1850

Michelle Alexander: More Black Men in Prison Than Were Enslaved in 1850

by Thoai Lu on March 30 2011, 10:00AM

Clearly, colorblindness hasn’t gotten us very far.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Miami's Spate of Cop Shootings of Black Men

Miami’s Spate of Cop Shootings of Black Men

by Julianne Hing on March 25 2011, 3:16PM

Seven black men have been killed by Miami cops in the course of eight months.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Supreme Court Weighs Rights of Parents Facing Jail Over Child Support

Supreme Court Weighs Rights of Parents Facing Jail Over Child Support

by Jamilah King on March 23 2011, 5:07PM

Are child support lockups becoming debtors’ prisons?

Topics: Criminal Justice

Oakland's Still Crawling Toward Police Reform

Oakland’s Still Crawling Toward Police Reform

by Jamilah King on March 21 2011, 5:00PM

Two years after Lovelle Mixon shot and killed four cops amid a climate of deep hostility in Oakland, what’s changed?

Topics: Criminal Justice

Drug Arrest of Infographic

Drug Arrest of “The Wire” Actor Is a Reminder of Prison Churning

by Thoai Lu on March 21 2011, 11:32AM

Felicia Pearson is hardly unique as a formerly incarcerated African American who lands back in jail.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Obama Gears Up for a Gun Fight, but Doesn't Fire on Race

Obama Gears Up for a Gun Fight, but Doesn’t Fire on Race

by Shani O. Hilton on March 17 2011, 6:30PM

Race is conspicuously missing from a growing D.C. conversation about gun violence.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Politics

Federal Civil Rights Suit Challenges Louisiana's Felony Sex Work Law

Federal Civil Rights Suit Challenges Louisiana’s Felony Sex Work Law

by Jordan Flaherty on March 17 2011, 10:19AM

Jordan Flaherty follows up on last year’s report of an archaic anti-gay law that puts sex workers in child molestation registries.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

LAPD: Cop Who Killed Manuel Jamines Acted Within the Law

LAPD: Cop Who Killed Manuel Jamines Acted Within the Law

by Julianne Hing on March 15 2011, 6:11PM

The September 2010 shooting sparked days of protest in L.A.’s Central American community.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Illinois Abolishes Death Penalty

Illinois Abolishes Death Penalty

by Julianne Hing on March 10 2011, 3:26PM

Gov. Quinn said that the possibility of executing an innocent person made him question the integrity of the system.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Deadly Shooting of Sikh Men Rocks Calif. Community

Deadly Shooting of Sikh Men Rocks Calif. Community

by Julianne Hing on March 9 2011, 10:53AM

Sacramento police are investigating the shootings of Surinder Singh and Gurmej Atwal as hate crimes.

Topics: Criminal Justice

California's Adult State Prisons, in Pictures

California’s Adult State Prisons, in Pictures

by Hatty Lee, Jamilah King on March 4 2011, 11:53AM

When it comes to California’s prisons, Josh Begley makes a big statement with simple visuals.

Topics: Criminal Justice

20 Years After Rodney King, Who's Holding Cops Accountable?

20 Years After Rodney King, Who’s Holding Cops Accountable?

by Julianne Hing on March 3 2011, 4:41PM

Video has provided a powerful tool for communities catching cops who abuse their power, deep reforms are still desperately needed.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Laurence Fishburne Plays Thurgood Marshall in New One-Man Show

Laurence Fishburne Plays Thurgood Marshall in New One-Man Show

by Thoai Lu on March 2 2011, 10:00AM

The Tony Award-winning actor introduces the trailblazing civil rights hero to a new generation of viewers.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Georgia Prison Guards Arrested for Retaliatory Abuse of Inmate

Georgia Prison Guards Arrested for Retaliatory Abuse of Inmate

by Julianne Hing on February 25 2011, 3:48PM

The fallout continues from last December’s massive prison strike.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Health Concerns Could Send Jamie and Gladys Scott Back to Prison

Health Concerns Could Send Jamie and Gladys Scott Back to Prison

by Jamilah King on February 25 2011, 2:24PM

The sisters must lose a combined 160 pounds in order to test for the kidney transplant that was a condition of their parole.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Luis Ramirez's Attackers Get Nine Years in Prison for Deadly Beating

Luis Ramirez’s Attackers Get Nine Years in Prison for Deadly Beating

by Julianne Hing on February 24 2011, 3:20PM

But other teens from the attackers’ hometown are outraged that they’re being tried in the first place.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Houston's Top Cop Defends Videotaped Beating of Teen Boy

Houston’s Top Cop Defends Videotaped Beating of Teen Boy

by Julianne Hing on February 18 2011, 6:59AM

Police Chief Charles McClelland says his force is suffering because of a few bad apples.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Seattle Cop Resigns After Native American Man's Killing Ruled Unjustified

Seattle Cop Resigns After Native American Man’s Killing Ruled Unjustified

by Julianne Hing on February 17 2011, 11:51AM

Will Seattle District Attorney Dan Satterberg ever hold police officers accountable for misconduct?

Topics: Criminal Justice

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