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Criminal Justice

Crime, Punishment and Black Politics

by Katti Gray on May 28 2010, 12:00PM

Political leaders and thinkers increasingly identify criminal justice as a defining civil rights concern. But as the reaction to Aiyana Stanley-Jones’ killing suggests, that’s not always an easy sell in Black neighborhoods.

Topics: Criminal Justice

5 Ways to Channel Your Aiyana Outrage

5 Ways to Channel Your Aiyana Outrage

by Jamilah King on May 27 2010, 12:00PM

You’ve ranted on Facebook. You’ve flamed on Twitter. What else can you do when cops shoot a 7-year-old girl? Well, we’ve got some ideas.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Aiyana Stanley-Jones and Our Confused, Grieving Hearts

Aiyana Stanley-Jones and Our Confused, Grieving Hearts

by Akiba Solomon on May 25 2010, 12:00PM

Dueling Facebook pages reveal the conflicted emotions stirred when Detroit police shot a 7-year-old girl while investigating a 17-year-old boy’s murder.

Topics: Criminal Justice

States Can’t Lock Up Kids For Life, Says Supreme Court

by Kai Wright on May 18 2010, 10:46AM

The Supreme Court reined in juvenile imprisonment yesterday with a ruling that restricts states from locking up minors for life without parole for non-homicide convictions. The ruling expands on a 2005 decision that barred states from executing minors. CNN quotes…

Topics: Criminal Justice

The Long Rap Sheet of New Orleans Cops

by Jordan Flaherty on May 13 2010, 12:00PM

As the Justice Department considers overhauling the city’s law enforcement, it will have to round up more than a few post-Katrina rogues. Even the coroner’s got a past.

Topics: Criminal Justice

The Softer Side of Hate Crime?

by Michelle Chen on April 30 2010, 11:03AM

When should a teenage killer be viewed with sympathy? The New York Times broached that issue yesterday with a long profile of Jeffrey Conroy, recently convicted in the case of the stabbing death of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero. While press…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Fresno Cops Involved in Repeat Shootings Still on Duty

Fresno Cops Involved in Repeat Shootings Still on Duty

by Ali Winston on April 26 2010, 12:00PM

Our joint investigation with The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund finds that 25 police officers remain on active duty despite mutliple incidents of violence against civilians.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Daytime Curfew Laws Criminalize Youth, Don’t Fight The Crime They Say They Will

by Julianne Hing on April 7 2010, 3:09PM

The city council of Richmond, California, unanimously passed a daytime curfew law yesterday in an effort to curb truancy and crime that’s being associated with teens. The ordinance makes it illegal for any young person to be out in…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Crack Sentencing Bill Passes Senate, Offers Lessons in Political Compromises

by Julianne Hing on March 24 2010, 4:51PM

Last week the Senate unanimously passed legislation that would reduce the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin would repeal mandatory sentences for simple possession of cocaine, and bring…

Topics: Criminal Justice

One in Four Black Men in Kentucky Can’t Vote, But DRA Could Change That

by Julianne Hing on March 18 2010, 4:30PM

Those are the stats from the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, which released its report on the state of Black folks there last month. Kentucky’s got the special distinction as being one of two states that bars people with past…

Topics: Criminal Justice

The Morning Browse: Big Stuff in Today’s News

by Kai Wright on March 16 2010, 6:25AM

The evil ad wizards who brought us Willie Horton are tying Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid to Dubai “slave labor,” which they in turn equate with union labor in Nevada. MoJo’s Stephanie Mencimer reports. The FCC’s releasing it’s National…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Health, Politics, Race and Recession

Fighting for Their Lives

by Leticia Miranda on March 15 2010, 12:00PM

The Supreme Court considers whether it’s cruel and unusual punishment to lock up teenagers for life without parole.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Could Facebook Save
His Life?

by Leticia Miranda on March 15 2010, 12:00PM

Efrén Paredes Jr. has been serving a life sentence without parole since he was a teenager. Now, he and his community take his case online.

Topics: Criminal Justice

The Redeemed Immigrant: NY Gov. Makes Exception to Corrupt Rules

by Michelle Chen on March 8 2010, 6:25AM

After the mistakes he made as a kid nearly got him kicked out of the country, Qing Hong Wu has gotten a precious second chance. Embattled New York Governor David Paterson took a brief respite from a maelstrom of political…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

Start a Conversation That Says No to Racial Profiling

by Terry Keleher on March 1 2010, 11:11AM

RaceWire’s parent company, the Applied Research Center, partnered with the Rights Working Group in the production of the video above. In the aftermath of 9/11, the Rights Working Group (RWG) works to restore the “American commitment to protect civil…

Topics: Criminal Justice

It’s Official: Race May Be Factor in Police Shootings

by Jorge Rivas on February 25 2010, 11:32AM

The most recent national analysis from the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that Blacks and Latinos were nearly three times as likely as whites to be searched by police—and Blacks were almost four times as likely as whites…

Topics: Criminal Justice

How Do We Talk About Police Brutality When The Cops Aren’t White?

by Julianne Hing on February 23 2010, 12:40PM

Yesterday, the verdict in the trial involving three New York police officers accused of abusing a young man of color was announced. Without even knowing the particulars of the case—say, for instance, that one of the police officers in question…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Unstoppable Oppression: NYC Police Stops Point to Institutional Racism

by Michelle Chen on February 17 2010, 9:23PM

You may not think of New York City police as a particularly touchy-feely bunch (particularly in light of the latest twist in the case of police-shooting victim Sean Bell). But New Yorkers could tell you some stories about the…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Many Bullets, No Answers in Death of Detroit Muslim Leader

by Michelle Chen on February 2 2010, 9:05PM

Just a few weeks after the end of Ramadan last year, a gunfight broke out at a warehouse in Dearborn Michigan. After all the shots were fired, Imam Luqman Ameein Abdullah was dead. His body, riddled with bullet holes,…

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security

When Numbers Lie: Prisoners of the Census in New York

by Michelle Chen on February 1 2010, 6:25PM

Across New York City, tens of thousands of Black and Latino residents have gone missing. You’ll find them languishing behind bars in upstate towns, where they’re punished by being robbed of their potential as income-earners, parents and community members….

Topics: Criminal Justice