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Renisha McBride Murder Trial Begins Today

Renisha McBride Murder Trial Begins Today

by Carla Murphy on July 21 2014, 10:29AM

McBride’s murder has drawn attention for similarities to Trayvon Martin’s

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Marlene Pinnock Files Lawsuit Over Freeway Beating

Marlene Pinnock Files Lawsuit Over Freeway Beating

by Julianne Hing on July 18 2014, 11:51AM

The CHP officer caught pummeling Pinnock with punches used excessive force, the lawsuit claims.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

'Crack Baby' Hysteria Returns

‘Crack Baby’ Hysteria Returns

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on July 18 2014, 7:00AM

Same myth, different drugs—and still used to criminalize mothers of color.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Study: Black Men No Better, Sometimes Worse Off Than in 1960s

Study: Black Men No Better, Sometimes Worse Off Than in 1960s

by Julianne Hing on July 16 2014, 12:40PM

Thanks to the prison boom.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, /NOW

NYT: Violent Abuse of the Mentally Ill Is Routine, Widespread at Rikers Island

NYT: Violent Abuse of the Mentally Ill Is Routine, Widespread at Rikers Island

by Julianne Hing on July 14 2014, 12:48PM

Last year, 129 inmates were severely beaten in altercations with guards at the New York City jail.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Marlene Pinnock's Freeway Beating Revives Talk of Officers' Responsibilities

Marlene Pinnock’s Freeway Beating Revives Talk of Officers’ Responsibilities

by Julianne Hing on July 11 2014, 2:44PM

Cops aren’t social workers, but they are first responders.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Sentenced to 10 Years

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Sentenced to 10 Years

by Aura Bogado on July 9 2014, 1:42PM

He reports to federal prison in September

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Family Plans Lawsuit After CHP Officer's Violent Freeway Beating of a Black Woman

Family Plans Lawsuit After CHP Officer’s Violent Freeway Beating of a Black Woman

by Julianne Hing on July 7 2014, 3:01PM

The family of Marlene Pinnock is demanding answers and legal justice after a California highway patrol officer beat her on a Los Angeles freeway

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

California's 'Ban the Box' Law Could Aid 7 Million Job Seekers

California’s ‘Ban the Box’ Law Could Aid 7 Million Job Seekers

by Julianne Hing on July 1 2014, 4:01PM

Twelve states have adopted legislation to stop the automatic exclusion of job seekers with criminal backgrounds.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Labor, /NOW

Well, Just How Bad Are Alabama's Prisons?

Well, Just How Bad Are Alabama’s Prisons?

by Carla Murphy on June 26 2014, 10:20AM

A five-month investigation goes in depth

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Friends Raise Funds to Honor Undocumented Trans Activist After 'Suspicious' Death

Friends Raise Funds to Honor Undocumented Trans Activist After ‘Suspicious’ Death

by Aura Bogado on June 20 2014, 2:41PM

The cause of Zoraida Reyes’s death has yet to be determined.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Central Park Five Settle With New York City For $40 Million

Central Park Five Settle With New York City For $40 Million

by Carla Murphy on June 20 2014, 10:02AM

The Five were wrongly convicted as teens for the brutal rape and assault of the Central Park Jogger

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

New York Man Cleared After 25 Years In Prison Plans $162M Suit

New York Man Cleared After 25 Years In Prison Plans $162M Suit

by Carla Murphy on June 18 2014, 12:34PM

While murder happened he was at Disney World on a family trip

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Prisons' Fastest Growing Population: Mentally Ill, Aging Inmates

Prisons’ Fastest Growing Population: Mentally Ill, Aging Inmates

by Julianne Hing on June 16 2014, 11:41AM

Today, prisons function as “society’s psychiatric institutions.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Marissa Alexander's Retrial Postponed to December

Marissa Alexander’s Retrial Postponed to December

by Aura Bogado on June 10 2014, 3:29PM

A pending Florida law could determine Alexander’s future.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Deputy Testimony Confirms Culture of Abuse in L.A. County Jails

Deputy Testimony Confirms Culture of Abuse in L.A. County Jails

by Julianne Hing on June 6 2014, 7:00AM

Unprovoked beatings, filmed “gladiator-style” fights between inmates, “flashlight therapy” were all a routine part of life inside the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Commuter Attacked for Speaking Bengali

Commuter Attacked for Speaking Bengali

by Carla Murphy on June 5 2014, 10:26AM

The alleged assailant has been charged with misdemeanor assault and battery as a hate crime.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Connecticut Holds Transgender Girl in Adult Prison

Connecticut Holds Transgender Girl in Adult Prison

by Aura Bogado on June 3 2014, 7:00AM

“Jane Doe” has never been criminally charged or convicted. So why has she been behind bars since April 8?

Topics: Criminal Justice

Woman Sues After Baby Dies Following Delivery in Solitary

Woman Sues After Baby Dies Following Delivery in Solitary

by Aura Bogado on May 27 2014, 2:38PM

This is what the war on drugs looks like.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NYPD Smashes 14-Year-Old Boy Through Store Window

NYPD Smashes 14-Year-Old Boy Through Store Window

by Carla Murphy on May 21 2014, 10:42AM

Reporting raises questions about how the incident occurred and whether it was officially reported

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW