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Supreme Court Rules on Mandatory Sentencing for Repeat Offenders

by Jonathan Adams on May 21 2008, 1:14PM

The Supreme Court says a man with a long criminal record deserves a lengthy prison term, under a federal law aimed at keeping repeat offenders behind bars longer. Monday’s 6-3 decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito, deals with provisions…

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Making Justice in New York City Just

by Jonathan Adams on May 6 2008, 10:34AM

Originally published on DMIblog By Jennifer Carnig The NYPD is arresting more than 35,000 New Yorkers a year on marijuana charges, a remarkably aggressive arrest policy that began during the Giuliani years and has carried on full throttle through the…

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Children Behind Bars for Life

by Alex Jung on May 1 2008, 12:00PM

A new report focuses on the youngest victims of mandatory sentencing.

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Reggie Walton

by Kai Wright on May 1 2008, 12:00PM

The federal judge who dropped the hammer on Lewis “Scooter” Libby explains his crusade against crack sentencing laws.

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Detectives Found Not Guilty in Sean Bell Case

by Donna Hernandez on April 25 2008, 9:34AM

Today is an emotional day for New York and many major cities dealing with police brutality issues in their neighborhoods. Judge Arthur Cooperman ruled that the detectives Michael Oliver, Gescard Isnora and Marc Cooper bore no criminal responsibility for Bell’s…

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Flash Point

by Jessica Hoffmann on April 18 2008, 12:00PM

A police officer’s killing in Phoenix leads to plans for expanding police involvement in immigration enforcement.

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What Kind of Cop Would You Be?

by Guest Columnist on April 10 2008, 2:07PM

by Alex Jung Maybe police forces should require all of their recruits to take this test. The online test is from researchers at the University of Chicago, with the basic premise of deciding how long it takes the participant to…

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Hindsight is 20/20

by Guest Columnist on April 7 2008, 10:43AM

By Rend Smith Friday night, ABC’s 20/20 ran a piece on John White, the African-American Long-Islander convicted of killing Daniel Cicciaro Jr, a white 17-year-old. If you’re not familiar with the case, here’s a quick and dirty summary. Cicciaro, known…

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Is this Justice for Mumia?

by Donna Hernandez on April 5 2008, 8:20AM

In the last week, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that Mumia Abu-Jamal should have a new jury trial to determine only whether he should serve life in prison or be sentenced to death. The decision…

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Ground Zero for Immigration?

by Valeria Fern�ndez on March 20 2008, 12:00PM

Latinos are fleeing Arizona as crackdowns increase in the border state.

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Puerto Rican Independentistas Protest Grand Jury

by Donna Hernandez on January 11 2008, 11:14AM

Today we commemorate one of the first systemic sociologists in Latin America, Eugenio Maria de Hostos. De Hostos, a founder of the Antillean Confederation, an organization known for lobbying for the liberation of various Caribbean and Latin American countries from…

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Missed Signals

by Jeff Kelly Lowenstein on November 4 2007, 12:00PM

The Chicago Reporter found that 45 percent of Chicago police officers named in wrongful death suits have had multiple lawsuits against them but receive minimal internal discipline.

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Why So High?

by Jessica Hoffmann on November 4 2007, 12:00PM

The Phoenix metropolitan area, with the highest rate of fatal police shootings among the 10 biggest U.S. cities, is also the most dangerous in the nation for Latinos.

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Race as a Trigger

by Shelly Zeiger on November 4 2007, 12:00PM

Would an unarmed black man be spared a barrage of 41 bullets fired by police officers if he were white?

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Killed by the Cops

by Jeff Kelly Lowenstein on November 4 2007, 12:00PM

In a joint national investigation, ColorLines and The Chicago Reporter found that Blacks are overrepresented and Latinos a rising number of those fatally shot by police.

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The Elusive Concept of Blackness

by Beandrea Davis on November 4 2007, 12:00PM

Through photography and film, artist Hank Willis Thomas explores what it means to be Black today.

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Unequal Protection

by Gabriel Thompson on November 2 2007, 12:00PM

Even with the change in administration and a drop in crime, the number of people killed each year by the NYPD remains steady.

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Black, Latino Suburbs Have Most Shootings

by Erin Dostal on November 1 2007, 12:00PM

In Chicago suburbs, more police shootings have occurred in communities with large black or Latino populations.

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Video: Bullets in the Hood

by The Applied Research Center on November 1 2007, 12:00PM

Excerpt from 2004 documentary produced by ProTV and the Downtown Community Television Center

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Turning to Tasers

by Jessica Hoffmann on November 1 2007, 12:00PM

Phoenix police became the first in the country to use Tasers, but will that decrease shootings?

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