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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

50,000 Deported From County Jails, And Counting

50,000 Deported From County Jails, And Counting

by on August 11 2010, 4:27PM

A new federal program expedites the process even for traffic violations.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

NYPD Shoot 46 Bullets, Kill In Harlem Shootout

NYPD Shoot 46 Bullets, Kill In Harlem Shootout

by Julianne Hing on August 11 2010, 2:48PM

An internal investigation is underway, but don’t get your hopes up.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Feds on Cold Cases: 109 Problems, But

Feds on Cold Cases: 109 Problems, But “Progress” Ain’t One

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on August 11 2010, 1:13PM

Veteran civil rights reporter Hank Klibanoff rips into DOJ’s crawling investigations.

Topics: Criminal Justice

In Post-Katrina Shooting, Charges Say Cops Meant To Kill Glover

In Post-Katrina Shooting, Charges Say Cops Meant To Kill Glover

by Julianne Hing on August 11 2010, 12:48PM

Four other officers also accused in the cover-up.

Topics: Criminal Justice

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