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How Bad Is the Black-White Disparity In Your State's Drug Arrest Rate?

How Bad Is the Black-White Disparity In Your State’s Drug Arrest Rate?

by Julianne Hing on March 18 2014, 2:23PM

Today the ACLU launched The Uncovery for folks to track exactly that.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Studies Point to 'Access to Justice Gap' Among Low-Income and Immigrant Communities

Studies Point to ‘Access to Justice Gap’ Among Low-Income and Immigrant Communities

by Von Diaz on March 11 2014, 3:41PM

A new ‘Justice Index’ shows states in the South and Midwest are sorely lacking in access to civil legal counsel.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

The War on Drugs Continues to Keep Prisons Full

The War on Drugs Continues to Keep Prisons Full

by Von Diaz on March 11 2014, 12:16PM

More than half of those currently incarcerated are there because of drug offenses.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Drug War, /NOW

Border Patrol Use of Force Rules: Shooting at Rock-Throwers Still OK

Border Patrol Use of Force Rules: Shooting at Rock-Throwers Still OK

by Julianne Hing on March 10 2014, 2:31PM

The guidelines come after years of criticism of Border Patrol officers’ deadly shootings along the border.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, /NOW

Former Black Panther Marshall 'Eddie' Conway Released After 44 Years in Prison

Former Black Panther Marshall ‘Eddie’ Conway Released After 44 Years in Prison

by Von Diaz on March 5 2014, 2:53PM

After numerous campaigns, and consistent denial of the charges against him, the 68-year-old is now free.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Senate Blocks Obama's Pick for New Civil Rights Chief

Senate Blocks Obama’s Pick for New Civil Rights Chief

by Brentin Mock on March 5 2014, 1:12PM

Former NAACP LDF attorney Debo Adegbile is blocked on racial grounds.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, /NOW, Politics, Politics

NYPD's Lone Black Scuba Diver Files EEOC Complaint Over Racial Taunts on the Job

NYPD’s Lone Black Scuba Diver Files EEOC Complaint Over Racial Taunts on the Job

by Julianne Hing on March 4 2014, 5:13PM

“Black guys couldn’t swim,” the scuba-diving unit’s captain allegedly said to explain why he blocked Oscar Smith’s transfer.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Former Rikers Island Youth Inmate Opens Up About Solitary Confinement

Former Rikers Island Youth Inmate Opens Up About Solitary Confinement

by Julianne Hing on March 4 2014, 3:07PM

A new report on New York City’s use of solitary confinement for youth comes as the state is rolling back the practice.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Obama Favors Expanding Schools and Reducing Prisons in New Budget

Obama Favors Expanding Schools and Reducing Prisons in New Budget

by Brentin Mock on March 4 2014, 2:32PM

The budget includes targeted funds for programs to reduce racial disparities in courts and prisons.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Economy, Politics, Politics, Schools & Youth

Indian-American Man Charged with Firebombing Synagogues

Indian-American Man Charged with Firebombing Synagogues

by Carla Murphy on March 4 2014, 9:42AM

Some community members say Aakash Dalal is being treated like a terrorist

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Lawsuit: Juvenile Solitary Confinement Blocks Education

Lawsuit: Juvenile Solitary Confinement Blocks Education

by Julianne Hing on March 3 2014, 11:46AM

Contra Costa County holds youth with disabilities in solitary confinement and denies them access to education, a federal lawsuit alleges.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Schools & Youth

A Racial Murder the FBI Can't Seem to Solve

A Racial Murder the FBI Can’t Seem to Solve

by Benjamin Greenberg on February 28 2014, 7:00AM

It’s the 50th anniversary of the 1964 racial murder of Clifton Walker. For his family, closure remains elusive.

Topics: Criminal Justice, History

Conservative Texas City Memorializes Wrongfully Convicted Black Man

Conservative Texas City Memorializes Wrongfully Convicted Black Man

by Carla Murphy on February 27 2014, 7:00AM

Memorial may be the first of its kind in the nation.

Topics: Criminal Justice

On the Two-Year Anniversary of Trayvon Martin's Death

On the Two-Year Anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s Death

by Carla Murphy on February 26 2014, 5:02PM

How have you remembered his life today?

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Black Juror in Dunn Case Breaks Silence, Says Race Wasn't a Factor

Black Juror in Dunn Case Breaks Silence, Says Race Wasn’t a Factor

by Aura Bogado on February 21 2014, 1:18PM

Creshuna Miles says she thinks Dunn was guilty of second-degree murder.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

A Small Victory for Native Women

A Small Victory for Native Women

by Aura Bogado on February 21 2014, 7:00AM

Native women face one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the U.S. A new pilot project that allows tribes to prosecute non-Natives for the crime could be a game-changer.

Topics: Criminal Justice

New York to End Solitary Confinement for Youth and Pregnant Inmates

New York to End Solitary Confinement for Youth and Pregnant Inmates

by Julianne Hing on February 20 2014, 2:45PM

New York will be the largest prison system in the country to end the practice for youth inmates.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Report: People of Color More Likely to Serve Time in Private Prisons

Report: People of Color More Likely to Serve Time in Private Prisons

by Jamilah King on February 20 2014, 11:36AM

New data helps bolster the argument that the prison industry cares more about profit than rehabilitation.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Civil Rights Leaders React to Meeting With Obama Today

Civil Rights Leaders React to Meeting With Obama Today

by Brentin Mock on February 18 2014, 6:25PM

Civil rights leaders pick Obama’s brain on wages and criminal justice reform

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics

Jordan Davis: What We've Come to Expect

Jordan Davis: What We’ve Come to Expect

by Aura Bogado on February 17 2014, 2:27PM

We’ve learned to shield ourselves, and expect inequity.

Topics: Criminal Justice