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New York Ends Prison Gerrymandering

New York Ends Prison Gerrymandering

by Michelle Chen on August 9 2010, 9:01AM

A New York bill would bar counties from using census data to inflate their population numbers with prison headcounts.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Obama Signs Drug Sentencing Reform Into Law

Obama Signs Drug Sentencing Reform Into Law

by Jamilah King on August 3 2010, 4:18PM

Reform advocates say the compromise bill is a first step to closing massive racial disparities in incarceration.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Voices from Brooklyn: Racial Profiling's Part of Everyday Life Here Play

Voices from Brooklyn: Racial Profiling’s Part of Everyday Life Here

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on August 2 2010, 1:00PM

It’s not just Arizona. ColorLines speaks with young black men in Brownsville, Brooklyn, about living with NYPD’s profiling policy.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Stop and Frisk

Indian Country Wins Power to Fight Sexual Assault

Indian Country Wins Power to Fight Sexual Assault

by Michelle Chen on August 2 2010, 9:30AM

Native women are more than twice as likely to get assaulted, and 9 out of 10 attackers are non-native.

Topics: Criminal Justice, On Gender

House Votes to Fix Drug Laws

House Votes to Fix Drug Laws

by Jamilah King on July 28 2010, 8:05PM

The legislation would reduce disparities in crack and powder cocaine sentencing, which has swelled the black prison population over the past two decades.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NYC Settles Sean Bell Case for $7 Million

NYC Settles Sean Bell Case for $7 Million

by Julianne Hing on July 28 2010, 11:49AM

It’s getting expensive for city police forces to keep shooting unarmed citizens.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Push to Fix Drug Laws Before Congress' Summer Break

Push to Fix Drug Laws Before Congress’ Summer Break

by Jamilah King on July 27 2010, 9:45AM

A compromise bill awaiting House attention would reduce, but not get rid of the crack-powder cocaine disparity.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Reality TV Gig Prompts Detroit Police Chief's Ouster

Reality TV Gig Prompts Detroit Police Chief’s Ouster

by Jamilah King on July 22 2010, 4:23PM

Aiyana Stanley-Jones’s killing prompted some to argue that city cops have grown more violent as they’ve preened for the cameras.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Prison System Chains Women in Childbirth

Prison System Chains Women in Childbirth

by Michelle Chen on July 20 2010, 10:30AM

In many places around the country, it’s still legal to keep incarcerated women shackled while they go through labor.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality, On Gender

Calif. Puts BART Police Under Civilian Oversight After Grant Killing

Calif. Puts BART Police Under Civilian Oversight After Grant Killing

by Julianne Hing on July 19 2010, 8:31AM

Two new efforts to keep transit cops accountable after repeated violent incidents.

Topics: Criminal Justice

NY State Makes Cops Stop Collecting Names at Stop-and-Frisk

NY State Makes Cops Stop Collecting Names at Stop-and-Frisk

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on July 16 2010, 12:56PM

Paterson to sign legislation to stop cops from inventorying young people of color who are not arrested or fined.

Topics: Criminal Justice

You Can't Fix Juvenile Justice and Ignore Race

You Can’t Fix Juvenile Justice and Ignore Race

by Dom Apollon on July 16 2010, 12:31PM

It’ll take more than a cost-benefit analysis to stop locking up so many black and brown kids.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Feds Take Over New York's Troubled Youth Prisons

Feds Take Over New York’s Troubled Youth Prisons

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on July 16 2010, 11:19AM

Advocates say it’s a start, but kids with mental health needs ought to be in treatment, not lock up.

Topics: Criminal Justice

New Orleans Cops Plead Not Guilty in Danziger Bridge Shooting

New Orleans Cops Plead Not Guilty in Danziger Bridge Shooting

by Julianne Hing on July 14 2010, 3:00PM

The Justice Department has charged a growing list officers in the post-Katrina violence and subsequent coverup.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Six More New Orleans Cops Charged in Post-Katrina Shooting

Six More New Orleans Cops Charged in Post-Katrina Shooting

by Julianne Hing on July 13 2010, 7:33PM

Federal charges just keep coming in the Danzinger Bridge shootings.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Profiling's Still the Routine for Brooklyn's Black Men

Profiling’s Still the Routine for Brooklyn’s Black Men

by Kai Wright on July 12 2010, 3:14PM

NYT investigation finds 52,000 stop-and-frisks in four years in one neighborhood.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Kai Wright

Oscar Grant Family Calls Mehserle Letter A Ploy

Oscar Grant Family Calls Mehserle Letter A Ploy

by Julianne Hing on July 12 2010, 12:30PM

Ex-Bart cop’s missive dismissed as effort to get a more lenient sentence.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Verdict: What's Inside the Jury's Ruling

Oscar Grant Verdict: What’s Inside the Jury’s Ruling

by Julianne Hing on July 9 2010, 11:36AM

How could a jury all but acquit a white cop for yet another killing of a young Black man?

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Oscar Grant Trial: Is An Uprising Worth It?

Oscar Grant Trial: Is An Uprising Worth It?

by Jamilah King on July 2 2010, 6:44PM

As the city of Oakland, and the country at large, sits on pins and needles waiting for a verdict in the murder trial of former police officer Johannes Mehserle, shop owners are holding their breath. Cops are ready to fight….

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

What the Grant Jury Must Decide Infographic

What the Grant Jury Must Decide

by Hatty Lee on July 2 2010, 11:27AM

A handy, graphic guide breaking down the charges and what the prosecution must prove for each.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial