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UCLA Will Investigate Black Judge's Complaint of Excessive Force

UCLA Will Investigate Black Judge’s Complaint of Excessive Force

by Julianne Hing on November 26 2013, 2:05PM

His attorney asked: “Do you think this would have happened if he was a white judge?”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

About Islan Nettles

About Islan Nettles

by Akiba Solomon on November 22 2013, 12:28PM

As the clock tick tocks on the Islan Nettles case a message is being sent: Transwomen of color’s lives don’t matter.

Topics: Gender, Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Alabama's 'Scottsboro Boys' Receive Pardon 80 Years After Arrests

Alabama’s ‘Scottsboro Boys’ Receive Pardon 80 Years After Arrests

by Jamilah King on November 21 2013, 4:40PM

The parole board was unanimous in its decision in the case that came to symbolize racism in the Deep South

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Congressman's Cocaine Bust Illuminates Race and Gender Sentencing Disparities

Congressman’s Cocaine Bust Illuminates Race and Gender Sentencing Disparities

by Brentin Mock on November 20 2013, 12:00PM

Rep. Radel gets slapped on writs for coke possession. Black and Latino men and women don’t get off so easy.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Drug War, Economy, /NOW, Politics

NYC Graffiti Haven 5Pointz Gets Whitewashed Overnight

NYC Graffiti Haven 5Pointz Gets Whitewashed Overnight

by Jamilah King on November 19 2013, 1:23PM

A candlelight vigil will be held this week.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

SF 'Batkid' Festivities Turn Violent When Cops Attack Black Cyclist

SF ‘Batkid’ Festivities Turn Violent When Cops Attack Black Cyclist

by Jamilah King on November 19 2013, 10:21AM

D’Paris “DJ” Williams was beaten and arrested following Batkid festivities.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Holder, Unbothered by Impeachment Calls, Announces Millions for Helping Ex-Drug Offenders

Holder, Unbothered by Impeachment Calls, Announces Millions for Helping Ex-Drug Offenders

by Brentin Mock on November 18 2013, 2:56PM

Holder brushes off calls for his impeachment to explain how he’s been helping reduce recidivism.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, /NOW, Politics

George Zimmerman Arrested in Florida for Domestic Violence

George Zimmerman Arrested in Florida for Domestic Violence

by Jamilah King on November 18 2013, 2:11PM

It’s the second time in recent months that he’s been at the center of domestic violence complaints.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Second-Degree Murder and Other Charges for Man Suspected of Killing Renisha McBride

Second-Degree Murder and Other Charges for Man Suspected of Killing Renisha McBride

by Aura Bogado on November 15 2013, 11:18AM

Ted Wafer is not yet in custody.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Dream Hampton on Renisha McBride and 'Criminalizing Black Corpses'

Dream Hampton on Renisha McBride and ‘Criminalizing Black Corpses’

by Jamilah King on November 13 2013, 1:45PM

In the interview, hampton articulated what’s at the core of anger surrounding the case.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Family of Slain Detroit Woman Wants Answers After Car Accident Led to Shooting

Family of Slain Detroit Woman Wants Answers After Car Accident Led to Shooting

by Jamilah King on November 7 2013, 1:22PM

Renisha McBride, 19, was shot and killed after seeking help in a mostly white neighborhood.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

The Illegal Background-Check Boom

The Illegal Background-Check Boom

by Kai Wright on November 7 2013, 10:51AM

Employers are increasingly skirting the law with hiring bans on people with criminal records—a trend that has been devastating for black and Latino workers.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Jobs Crisis

Former NYC Police Commissioner Slams Mandatory Minimums

Former NYC Police Commissioner Slams Mandatory Minimums

by Akiba Solomon on November 1 2013, 1:41PM

After serving federal time, former NYC police commissioner Bernard Kerik has a revelation about mandatory minimums and the prison system

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Flash Mob Does 'Thriller' Dance to Protest Echo Park Gang Injunctions

Flash Mob Does ‘Thriller’ Dance to Protest Echo Park Gang Injunctions

by Jamilah King on November 1 2013, 11:45AM

More than 150 people participated in and witnessed the protest.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

In Gentrified Oakland, Private Security Takes Hold

In Gentrified Oakland, Private Security Takes Hold

by Aura Bogado on November 1 2013, 7:00AM

Some of Oakland’s new residents are using crowdfunding campaigns to hire private security patrols—but not all neighbors support the move.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Stop-and-Frisk Ruling

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Stop-and-Frisk Ruling

by Aura Bogado on October 31 2013, 4:24PM

The landmark New York City verdict is now in question.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Holder Releases Millions for Criminal Defense of the Poor

Holder Releases Millions for Criminal Defense of the Poor

by Brentin Mock on October 30 2013, 4:36PM

Holder also endorses criminal justice reform ideas from newly minted U.S. Senator Cory Booker.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, /NOW

Testimony at Senate 'Stand Your Ground' Hearing Gets Bizarre

Testimony at Senate ‘Stand Your Ground’ Hearing Gets Bizarre

by Brentin Mock on October 29 2013, 11:16AM

Sen. Ted Cruz tells mothers of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis that their sons deaths were not about race.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, /NOW

California Teen Shot Dead by Police While Carrying a Toy Gun

California Teen Shot Dead by Police While Carrying a Toy Gun

by Von Diaz on October 24 2013, 11:00AM

Andy Lopez was walking home from school, and wearing a blue hoodie.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

An Animated Look at California's Practice of Solitary Confinement

An Animated Look at California’s Practice of Solitary Confinement

by Jamilah King on October 23 2013, 2:07PM

A new look inside one of our country’s most brutal punishments.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW