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'Ferguson Goddamn'

‘Ferguson Goddamn’

by Akiba Solomon on November 25 2014, 10:30AM

Leading activists and thinkers weigh in on the Wilson decision.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson

Obama on Ferguson Grand Jury: Anger 'Is an Understandable Reaction'

Obama on Ferguson Grand Jury: Anger ‘Is an Understandable Reaction’

by Julianne Hing on November 24 2014, 10:38PM

Obama addresses the nation shortly after a grand jury declines to indict Darren Wilson.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson, /NOW

Michael Brown's Family Asks for a Moment of Silence Post-Decision

Michael Brown’s Family Asks for a Moment of Silence Post-Decision

by Akiba Solomon on November 24 2014, 8:52PM

Family of Michael Brown, the unarmed, 18-year-old, black man killed by Ferguson, Mo., Officer Darren Wilson, is asking for a 4.5-minute period of reflection immediately following the announcement of the explosive decision by the Wilson grand jury.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson

Utah Police Kill More People than Gang Members

Utah Police Kill More People than Gang Members

by Carla Murphy on November 24 2014, 4:24PM

More attention is being paid, nationally, to police use of force

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Marissa Alexander Pleads Guilty

Marissa Alexander Pleads Guilty

by Carla Murphy on November 24 2014, 2:41PM

Deal ends four-year case that, along with Trayvon Martin’s murder, thrust Florida’s Stand Your Ground law into national spotlight.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Ferguson's 'Lost Voices' Speak [VIDEO] Play

Ferguson’s ‘Lost Voices’ Speak [VIDEO]

by Akiba Solomon on November 21 2014, 9:01AM

As the world awaits a grand jury decision in Ferguson, the accidental activists who have camped in the streets since August describe their feelings and preparations to Colorlines.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson

Ferguson's Black, Non-Black Arrest Rate Disparity Isn't the Worst in the U.S.

Ferguson’s Black, Non-Black Arrest Rate Disparity Isn’t the Worst in the U.S.

by Julianne Hing on November 19 2014, 3:46PM

There are Fergusons all over the country.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

After Corrections Commissioner's Indictment, Mississippi Private Prisons Under New Scrutiny

After Corrections Commissioner’s Indictment, Mississippi Private Prisons Under New Scrutiny

by Carla Murphy on November 17 2014, 1:01PM

The state has the second highest incarceration rate in the United States

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

States Offer Varying Protection for Youth to Put Juvenile Records Behind Them

States Offer Varying Protection for Youth to Put Juvenile Records Behind Them

by Julianne Hing on November 14 2014, 10:00AM

An expunged record is elusive, but key, for many young people looking to put their pasts behind them.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Ferguson Movement Transforms Civilians Into Activists

Ferguson Movement Transforms Civilians Into Activists

by Akiba Solomon on November 12 2014, 11:45AM

These aren’t your grandma’s organizers.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Mass Incarceration?

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Mass Incarceration?

by Carla Murphy on November 3 2014, 11:48AM

California voters may lead the way on Nov 4.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

I Was A 'Tough On Crime' Lawmaker. Here's Why I Changed

I Was A ‘Tough On Crime’ Lawmaker. Here’s Why I Changed

by Carla Murphy on October 31 2014, 10:00AM

Here’s how former Virginia attorney general Mark Earley realized that his generation had gone too far—and the work he’s been doing over the last 15 years to help undo the overly punitive system that they built.

Topics: Criminal Justice

 Eric Holder Doesn't Like the Leaks Coming From Ferguson

Eric Holder Doesn’t Like the Leaks Coming From Ferguson

by Julianne Hing on October 24 2014, 12:40PM

He’s “exasperated.”

Topics: Criminal Justice

Study: Where Stop-and-Frisk Goes, Trauma Follows

Study: Where Stop-and-Frisk Goes, Trauma Follows

by Julianne Hing on October 22 2014, 2:14PM

In the first survey of young men on stop-and-frisk’s impact on their mental health.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Health, /NOW

One Lawyer Keeps the Pressure On For Criminal Justice Reform

One Lawyer Keeps the Pressure On For Criminal Justice Reform

by Carla Murphy on October 21 2014, 3:16PM

With 2.2 million people incarcerated, Bryan Stevenson keeps asking, Is that what justice looks like?

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Rikers Island Jail Spends About $100K Per Inmate Annually

Rikers Island Jail Spends About $100K Per Inmate Annually

by Carla Murphy on October 17 2014, 5:51PM

Costs rose as inmate population declined 18 percent.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

For One Black Muslim, a Prison Sentence for Refusing FBI Informant Recruitment

For One Black Muslim, a Prison Sentence for Refusing FBI Informant Recruitment

by Julianne Hing on October 15 2014, 4:59PM

Connecting the dots between COINTELPRO and modern-day domestic surveillance of Muslims.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, /NOW

Gunshot Residue Found on Vonderrit Myers, Police Say

Gunshot Residue Found on Vonderrit Myers, Police Say

by Julianne Hing on October 15 2014, 12:07PM

The St. Louis Police Association calls the teen “no angel.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson, /NOW

Watch: Stop-and-Frisk and Police-Community Relations in the U.S.

Watch: Stop-and-Frisk and Police-Community Relations in the U.S.

by Carla Murphy on October 15 2014, 11:04AM

Livestream begins today at 12 p.m. EST.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

In Ferguson, a Secretive, Federal Team of Racial Conflict Mediators

In Ferguson, a Secretive, Federal Team of Racial Conflict Mediators

by Julianne Hing on October 14 2014, 3:06PM

They’re called the Community Relations Service.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Ferguson, /NOW