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Are Police Unions Choosing Labor Rights Over Public Safety?

Are Police Unions Choosing Labor Rights Over Public Safety?

by Carla Murphy on December 2 2014, 4:01PM

Some police unions protect the jobs and pensions of even police officers who have been disciplined

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Father of Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice Says Son Believes He Acted Properly

Father of Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice Says Son Believes He Acted Properly

by Julianne Hing on December 2 2014, 2:54PM

One of the officers radioed in, describing 12-year-old Rice as possibly 20 years old.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Why Prison Doesn't Work

Why Prison Doesn’t Work

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on December 2 2014, 11:00AM

Maya Schenwar, a journalist and the author of the new book ‘Locked Down, Locked Out’ talks restorative justice, birth in prison and white privilege in the fight against mass incarceration.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Killed by the Cops [INFOGRAPHIC] Infographic

Killed by the Cops [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Jamilah King on November 26 2014, 7:35PM

Black men are disproportionally killed by police. Can law enforcement be held accountable in a justice system that’s set up to support their actions?

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson

Introducing FergusonNext

Introducing FergusonNext

by Akiba Solomon on November 26 2014, 5:57PM

Post-Ferguson, Colorlines and partners want your solutions.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson

Darren Wilson Would Like to Teach Others About Use of Force

Darren Wilson Would Like to Teach Others About Use of Force

by Julianne Hing on November 26 2014, 3:38PM

And his wife is pregnant.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson, /NOW

Why Courts Can't Solve the Problem of Cops Who Kill

Why Courts Can’t Solve the Problem of Cops Who Kill

by Julianne Hing on November 26 2014, 1:07PM

Individual prosecutions of cops don’t often work, but maybe that’s because they’re not supposed to.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson

In Cleveland, Tamir Rice's Family Asks Police to Release Video

In Cleveland, Tamir Rice’s Family Asks Police to Release Video

by Carla Murphy on November 26 2014, 10:38AM

Announcement expected from police on video and audio evidence today 1 p.m. EST.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

'Ferguson Goddamn'

‘Ferguson Goddamn’

by Akiba Solomon on November 25 2014, 10:30AM

Leading activists and thinkers weigh in on the Wilson decision.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson

Obama on Ferguson Grand Jury: Anger 'Is an Understandable Reaction'

Obama on Ferguson Grand Jury: Anger ‘Is an Understandable Reaction’

by Julianne Hing on November 24 2014, 10:38PM

Obama addresses the nation shortly after a grand jury declines to indict Darren Wilson.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson, /NOW

Michael Brown's Family Asks for a Moment of Silence Post-Decision

Michael Brown’s Family Asks for a Moment of Silence Post-Decision

by Akiba Solomon on November 24 2014, 8:52PM

Family of Michael Brown, the unarmed, 18-year-old, black man killed by Ferguson, Mo., Officer Darren Wilson, is asking for a 4.5-minute period of reflection immediately following the announcement of the explosive decision by the Wilson grand jury.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson

Utah Police Kill More People than Gang Members

Utah Police Kill More People than Gang Members

by Carla Murphy on November 24 2014, 4:24PM

More attention is being paid, nationally, to police use of force

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Marissa Alexander Pleads Guilty

Marissa Alexander Pleads Guilty

by Carla Murphy on November 24 2014, 2:41PM

Deal ends four-year case that, along with Trayvon Martin’s murder, thrust Florida’s Stand Your Ground law into national spotlight.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Ferguson's 'Lost Voices' Speak [VIDEO] Play

Ferguson’s ‘Lost Voices’ Speak [VIDEO]

by Akiba Solomon on November 21 2014, 9:01AM

As the world awaits a grand jury decision in Ferguson, the accidental activists who have camped in the streets since August describe their feelings and preparations to Colorlines.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson

Ferguson's Black, Non-Black Arrest Rate Disparity Isn't the Worst in the U.S.

Ferguson’s Black, Non-Black Arrest Rate Disparity Isn’t the Worst in the U.S.

by Julianne Hing on November 19 2014, 3:46PM

There are Fergusons all over the country.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

After Corrections Commissioner's Indictment, Mississippi Private Prisons Under New Scrutiny

After Corrections Commissioner’s Indictment, Mississippi Private Prisons Under New Scrutiny

by Carla Murphy on November 17 2014, 1:01PM

The state has the second highest incarceration rate in the United States

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

States Offer Varying Protection for Youth to Put Juvenile Records Behind Them

States Offer Varying Protection for Youth to Put Juvenile Records Behind Them

by Julianne Hing on November 14 2014, 10:00AM

An expunged record is elusive, but key, for many young people looking to put their pasts behind them.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Ferguson Movement Transforms Civilians Into Activists

Ferguson Movement Transforms Civilians Into Activists

by Akiba Solomon on November 12 2014, 11:45AM

These aren’t your grandma’s organizers.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Mass Incarceration?

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Mass Incarceration?

by Carla Murphy on November 3 2014, 11:48AM

California voters may lead the way on Nov 4.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

I Was A 'Tough On Crime' Lawmaker. Here's Why I Changed

I Was A ‘Tough On Crime’ Lawmaker. Here’s Why I Changed

by Carla Murphy on October 31 2014, 10:00AM

Here’s how former Virginia attorney general Mark Earley realized that his generation had gone too far—and the work he’s been doing over the last 15 years to help undo the overly punitive system that they built.

Topics: Criminal Justice