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Free After 3 Years: Chicago's Jon Burge Who Tortured 100 Black Men

Free After 3 Years: Chicago’s Jon Burge Who Tortured 100 Black Men

by Carla Murphy on October 2 2014, 12:58PM

Burge, 66, will be released to a halfway house in Tampa, Florida.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

In Jordan Davis Retrial, Florida Jury Says, 'Guilty'

In Jordan Davis Retrial, Florida Jury Says, ‘Guilty’

by Carla Murphy on October 1 2014, 5:05PM

Michael Dunn now faces possibility of life without parole.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Inmates and Families Charged to Send, Spend Their Own Money

Inmates and Families Charged to Send, Spend Their Own Money

by Julianne Hing on September 30 2014, 3:43PM

Making money off of inmates is big business.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Rikers Island Will End Solitary Confinement for Its Youngest Inmates

Rikers Island Will End Solitary Confinement for Its Youngest Inmates

by Julianne Hing on September 30 2014, 2:06PM

Inmates aged 16 and 17 will no longer be held in solitary confinement.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Marlene Pinnock's Settlement Could Shift Cop Accountability

Marlene Pinnock’s Settlement Could Shift Cop Accountability

by Julianne Hing on September 26 2014, 4:10PM

Pinnock’s attorney vows: “I’m not done.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

New Report Details Barriers to Black Girls' Success

New Report Details Barriers to Black Girls’ Success

by Julianne Hing on September 25 2014, 3:50PM

Consider it a response to the boy-specific My Brother’s Keeper.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

[VIDEO] Ferguson Police Chief Apologizes to Michael Brown's Family

[VIDEO] Ferguson Police Chief Apologizes to Michael Brown’s Family

by Carla Murphy on September 25 2014, 12:17PM

Chief Thomas Jackson apologizes for the length of time that Michael Brown’s body lay in the street

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson, /NOW

$1.5M Settlement for Woman Punched on Video by California Highway Patrol

$1.5M Settlement for Woman Punched on Video by California Highway Patrol

by Carla Murphy on September 25 2014, 11:03AM

Officer Daniel Andrew will also resign

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

No Indictment for Officers Involved in John Crawford's Killing at Walmart

No Indictment for Officers Involved in John Crawford’s Killing at Walmart

by Aura Bogado on September 24 2014, 1:55PM

An Ohio grand jury has declined to indict officers who killed Crawford for holding a toy gun.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

LAUSD School Police Will Give up Grenade Launchers

LAUSD School Police Will Give up Grenade Launchers

by Julianne Hing on September 17 2014, 2:31PM

But the agency is holding onto its Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicle.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Policing the Police: A Brief History

Policing the Police: A Brief History

by Carla Murphy on September 12 2014, 3:51PM

A look back at police reforms in three cities shows mixed results

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Seven Important Facts About the Violence Against Women Act at 20

Seven Important Facts About the Violence Against Women Act at 20

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on September 12 2014, 7:00AM

This groundbreaking piece of legislation has shaped two decades of anti-violence work. Here are some vital things to consider about its evolution.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Following Ferguson: City Council Announces Reforms

Following Ferguson: City Council Announces Reforms

by Carla Murphy on September 9 2014, 3:45PM

Planned reforms aim to repair relationship with residents.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson, /NOW

Oklahoma Cop Held on Rape Charges Also Accused of Wrongful Death

Oklahoma Cop Held on Rape Charges Also Accused of Wrongful Death

by Aura Bogado on September 4 2014, 1:43PM

Holtzclaw is accused of hogtying a black man ‘with malicious intent.’

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Minnesota Law Provides Birth Doulas for Incarcerated Women

Minnesota Law Provides Birth Doulas for Incarcerated Women

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on September 4 2014, 8:45AM

It’s the first state to provide imprisoned women with this emotional and physical support.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Theodore Wafer Apologizes, is Sentenced to 17-32 Years for Renisha McBride's Murder

Theodore Wafer Apologizes, is Sentenced to 17-32 Years for Renisha McBride’s Murder

by Aura Bogado on September 3 2014, 1:07PM

‘From my fear, I caused the loss of a life that was too young to leave this world.’

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Donation Pages for Officer Darren Wilson Suddenly Closed This Weekend

Donation Pages for Officer Darren Wilson Suddenly Closed This Weekend

by Carla Murphy on September 2 2014, 11:03AM

No explanation has been given. More than $400,000 was raised.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson, /NOW

Ferguson Update: Audio of Michael Brown Shooting Authenticated

Ferguson Update: Audio of Michael Brown Shooting Authenticated

by Carla Murphy on August 28 2014, 4:13PM

The audio, in which a pause between shots can be heard, could be a critical piece of evidence

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson, /NOW

Ta-Nehisi Coates' New Book Club To Tackle Mass Incarceration

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ New Book Club To Tackle Mass Incarceration

by Carla Murphy on August 28 2014, 1:10PM

Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow” is up first.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Black Oakland City Workers Find Noose on Truck

Black Oakland City Workers Find Noose on Truck

by Aura Bogado on August 28 2014, 11:36AM

Workers say racial tensions are high at the city work yard.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW