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Picking the Wrong Black Man

by Jonathan Adams on August 13 2008, 4:50PM

via Stereohyped 1n 1984, Jennifer Thompson-Cannino wrongly identified, Ronald Cotton, an innocent black man, as her rapist, while her guilty black assailant went free. Years later, DNA evidence proved Cotton’s innocence, and he was released. Thompson-Cannino and Cotton are…

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New Efforts to Address Racism in the Criminal Justice System

by Terry Keleher on July 31 2008, 7:36AM

Earlier this year, Iowa and Connecticut enacted promising laws requiring the preparation of racial impact statements when state legislators are considering new sentencing legislation. Just as environmental impact statements and fiscal assessments are often used to inform policy decisions,…

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Taser Kills Young Black Man, Reminds Residents of Jena Injustice

by Jonathan Adams on July 21 2008, 3:24PM

In Winnfield, La, forty miles from Jena, another town with a history of corruption is simmering with racial tension after the death of a young Black man by a white police officer and his taser gun. Baron “Scooter” Pikes was…

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Youngest “Jena Six” Defendant Removed from House Arrest

by Jonathan Adams on July 17 2008, 1:23PM

JENA, La. (AP) — Jesse Ray Beard, one of the “Jena Six” defendants, is headed to New York after state District Court Judge Tom Yeager released him from house arrest for the summer. Beard’s attorney, David Utter, said Beard…

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Alberto Gonzales Knows What Latinos Want?

by Jonathan Adams on July 3 2008, 7:13AM

We planned to write on this yesterday, but Roberto Lovato sums it up nicely at Of América Alberto Gonzales Taking Latino Pundit Route to Political Redemption By Roberto Lovato If you read closely, the subtext of this story from…

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NYPD Continues to Blow Smoke About Pot Arrests

by Jonathan Adams on July 2 2008, 9:01AM

Randy Credico, a drug law reform advocate at the William Moses Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice, says Gay St., the small Greenwich Village block where he lives between Waverly and Christopher, is a dangerous place for young people of color…

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When An Immigrant Mom Gets Arrested

When An Immigrant Mom Gets Arrested

by Julianne Hing, Seth Wessler on July 1 2008, 12:00PM

More women—and their children—are getting trapped by the intersection of policies governing deportations, prisons and foster care.

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Mychal Bell, One of ‘Jena Six’, Wants to Play Football

by Jonathan Adams on June 17 2008, 11:04AM

H/T Electronic Village Mychal Bell, the teen at the center of the controversial Jena Six trial, is now a Carroll High School student. He awaits a decision from the hardship committee of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, which…

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Is Riding the Bus a Ticket to Jail?

by Caroline Kim on June 12 2008, 12:00PM

Border Patrol is raiding buses in Syracuse racially profiling people of color.

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Jena’s Divide and Conquer Politics

by on June 11 2008, 12:31PM

Jena, Louisiana, that smoldering microcosm of the nation’s persistent racism, is once again fueling the fire; one now spreading rapidly, engulfing more communities of color. Jena’s mayor, Murphy Mcmillin announced yesterday that the city’s residents could look forward to the…

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Jena 6 Judge’s Recusal Delayed

by Jonathan Adams on June 2 2008, 11:09AM

H/T Zentronix Lawyers for the five remaining defendants facing trial in the racially divisive Jena 6 incident in Louisiana presented evidence Friday of what they said was bias on the part of the judge presiding over the cases and sought…

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Miami’s Muslims Suit Up to Fight Crime

by Jonathan Adams on May 28 2008, 11:20AM

Seeking a balance between outreach and enforcement, Miami is launching a nearly $1 million crime-fighting initiative in Overtown that will mix police patrols, video cameras — and suit-and-tie wearing Muslims. The stepped-up policing seeks to deter would-be lawbreakers without…

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Will Justice Ever Be Served in Jena?

by Jonathan Adams on May 27 2008, 5:14PM

Originally published on zentronix By jchang Eight months after 40,000 people converged on Jena, Louisiana, justice still awaits the six young men whose cases inspired one of the biggest civil rights marches in recent history. This Friday, special judge Thomas…

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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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