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'Grey's Anatomy' Star Jesse Williams Speaks Out on Jordan Davis Murder

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Jesse Williams Speaks Out on Jordan Davis Murder

by Jamilah King on February 14 2014, 11:25AM

“It is not a black problem,” the actor said.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Jailed, for Being Poor

Jailed, for Being Poor

by Carla Murphy on February 13 2014, 10:54AM

Debtors’ prisons for misdemeanor crimes are flourishing in the U.S.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Watch Now: Jordan Davis Murder Trial Live

Watch Now: Jordan Davis Murder Trial Live

by Carla Murphy on February 11 2014, 12:49PM

Accused murderer Michael Dunn takes the stand.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Obama to Announce Young Men of Color Initiative

Obama to Announce Young Men of Color Initiative

by Carla Murphy on February 11 2014, 11:14AM

Initiative expected to intervene during the crucial “school to prison pipeline” years.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

AG Holder Calls for Restoring Voting Rights to Former Felons

AG Holder Calls for Restoring Voting Rights to Former Felons

by Brentin Mock on February 11 2014, 11:00AM

Holder calls for the restoration of voting rights to all who’ve formerly been convicted of felonies.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics, Politics

Jordan Davis Murder Trial Begins in Fla. Today

Jordan Davis Murder Trial Begins in Fla. Today

by Carla Murphy on February 6 2014, 1:56PM

In a case reminiscent of Trayvon Martin’s, 17-year-old Davis was allegedly shot and killed in 2012 by a white man after an argument over loud music.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

How to Make Sense of George Zimmerman's Senseless Fight With DMX

How to Make Sense of George Zimmerman’s Senseless Fight With DMX

by Jamilah King on February 5 2014, 5:39PM

This story, and Zimmerman, aren’t going away any time soon.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

A New Development in Prison Reform

A New Development in Prison Reform

by Carla Murphy on January 30 2014, 7:00AM

Bipartisan momentum for dismantling mass incarceration is quietly building on Capitol Hill.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Court Date Set for Phila. Teen Alleging Sexual Assault By Police

Court Date Set for Phila. Teen Alleging Sexual Assault By Police

by Carla Murphy on January 24 2014, 11:30AM

Darrin Manning faces criminal charges from an arrest in which he says a female police officer injured his genitals.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Infamous Toddler Video Sparks Dialogue in Northeast Omaha

Infamous Toddler Video Sparks Dialogue in Northeast Omaha

by Carla Murphy on January 23 2014, 7:00AM

Community members react to controversial video of a cursing African-American toddler and the police union’s role in publicizing it.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Grand Jury Fails to Indict Cop Who Shot Jonathan Ferrell

by Akiba Solomon on January 22 2014, 4:17PM

The former FAMU football player was shot 10 times while seeking help after a serious car accident

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Phila. Teen Claims Stop-And-Frisk Led to Injured Genitals

Phila. Teen Claims Stop-And-Frisk Led to Injured Genitals

by Carla Murphy on January 21 2014, 4:18PM

The 16-year-old says that a female officer squeezed his genitals so hard that it ruptured his testicle.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Did Incriminating Evidence End Sheriff Baca's Career?

Did Incriminating Evidence End Sheriff Baca’s Career?

by Aura Bogado on January 14 2014, 7:00AM

Sheriff Lee Baca stepped down from Los Angeles County Sheriff amid accusations of prisoner and visitor abuse in his department. Were the too much for even Baca to bear?

Topics: Criminal Justice

Watch Video of CeCe McDonald's Release From Prison Play

Watch Video of CeCe McDonald’s Release From Prison

by Jamilah King on January 13 2014, 11:59AM

She’s a free woman!

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

After Toddler Thug Video, Federal Lawsuit Draws More Attention to Omaha Police

After Toddler Thug Video, Federal Lawsuit Draws More Attention to Omaha Police

by Carla Murphy on January 10 2014, 10:05AM

Federal lawsuit filed by the ACLU this Monday alleges excessive force against OPD

Topics: Blogs List, Criminal Justice, /NOW

Crime Victim Compensation Policies Leave Too Many Behind

Crime Victim Compensation Policies Leave Too Many Behind

by Carla Murphy on January 9 2014, 7:00AM

California recently allowed sex workers to receive crime victim compensation. Some say the change doesn’t go far enough

Topics: Criminal Justice

LA Sheriff Baca Resigns Amid Explosive Scandals

LA Sheriff Baca Resigns Amid Explosive Scandals

by Aura Bogado on January 7 2014, 1:22PM

The sheriff’s 15-year reign will come to an end in late January under deep scrutiny over abuse and corruption.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Watch Zimmerman's Girlfriend Detail His Violent Abuse

Watch Zimmerman’s Girlfriend Detail His Violent Abuse

by Aura Bogado on January 3 2014, 2:57PM

“I feel like he always gets off,” says Samantha Scheibe.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

'Oscar Grant Called Me Grandma'

‘Oscar Grant Called Me Grandma’

by Bonnie Johnson on January 1 2014, 3:01PM

On the fifth anniversary of Oscar Grant’s murder at the hands of a Bay Area transit cop, his grandmother Bonnie Johnson opens up about her grandson, and how she honors his memory.

Topics: 'Fruitvale Station', Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

WI Families Fight to End Police Investigation of Police Custody Deaths

WI Families Fight to End Police Investigation of Police Custody Deaths

by Carla Murphy on December 13 2013, 2:15PM

“Please pass this bill,” one mother pleaded.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW