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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

Contra Costa County Drops Costly Juvenile Record-Sealing Fee

Contra Costa County Drops Costly Juvenile Record-Sealing Fee

by Julianne Hing on May 14 2014, 3:24PM

The county used to charge $150 for adults to apply to see if they were eligible to seal their juvenile records.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

In New Documentary, Men Are Out of Jail But Still Imprisoned

In New Documentary, Men Are Out of Jail But Still Imprisoned

by Carla Murphy on May 14 2014, 7:00AM

Director El Sawyer says home is just another kind of prison—and that’s the problem

Topics: Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice

Infographic: From Disability to Criminality Infographic

Infographic: From Disability to Criminality

by Erin Zipper, Julianne Hing on May 13 2014, 7:00AM

The dangerous intersection at which too many black children are diverted from school to jail.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Schools & Youth, Schools & Youth

Paying to Get Locked Up: The High Fees of Juvenile Detention

Paying to Get Locked Up: The High Fees of Juvenile Detention

by Julianne Hing on May 9 2014, 5:28PM

Parents are charged $25 a day every day that their child is locked up, and that’s just one of many fees assessed for kids in the juvenile justice system.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

A New View of Drug-Addicted Moms

A New View of Drug-Addicted Moms

by Jamilah King on May 9 2014, 7:00AM

A new campaign seeks to change the way we see mothers at the crossroads of parenting and addiction.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Video: Portland Committee Reviews Arrest of Nine-Year-Old Girl

Video: Portland Committee Reviews Arrest of Nine-Year-Old Girl

by Aura Bogado on May 8 2014, 12:18PM

The child was in a wet swimsuit when she was handcuffed and taken into custody at an adult jail.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Justice Department to Begin Collecting Racial Profiling Data

Justice Department to Begin Collecting Racial Profiling Data

by Brentin Mock on April 28 2014, 1:00PM

The Justice Department will start tabulating stop-and-frisk frequency and racial bias.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics, Politics

Report: At Least 14 Heat-Related Deaths in Texas Prisons Since 2007

Report: At Least 14 Heat-Related Deaths in Texas Prisons Since 2007

by Julianne Hing on April 25 2014, 2:30PM

Temperatures hit a heat index of 149 degrees Fahrenheit.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

When Police Kill, Should They Judge Themselves?

When Police Kill, Should They Judge Themselves?

by Carla Murphy on April 24 2014, 12:15PM

Wisc. first in the nation to say, no

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Obama and Holder to Expand Clemency for Unfair Prison Sentences

Obama and Holder to Expand Clemency for Unfair Prison Sentences

by Brentin Mock on April 21 2014, 1:44PM

The Obama Administration wants to free more people unfairly imprisoned from jail

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics

Concussion Studies: From NFL Players to Jailed Youth

Concussion Studies: From NFL Players to Jailed Youth

by Carla Murphy on April 21 2014, 10:03AM

New research looks at high rates of concussions among jailed youth

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

More Voting Rights Restoration Coming for Virginia

More Voting Rights Restoration Coming for Virginia

by Brentin Mock on April 18 2014, 10:01AM

Anyone with drug felony convictions in Virginia will now be eligible for automatic voting rights restoration.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, /NOW

Prison Rape: Getting From Punchline to Serious Crime

Prison Rape: Getting From Punchline to Serious Crime

by Carla Murphy on April 18 2014, 7:00AM

A status check on the under-reported effort to protect prisoners from sexual violence

Topics: Criminal Justice