Criminal Justice

Supreme Court Says Controversial Lethal Injection Drug Is Legal

by Kenrya Rankin Naasel on Jun 29, 2015 11:06AM

SCOTUS rules that states can continue to use controversial drug midazolam for lethal injections—despite claim that it doesn't prevent pain during executions.

Topics: /NOW, Criminal Justice

33 Years Later, Vincent Chin's Estate Still Seeks Justice

by Sameer Rao on Jun 24, 2015 5:48PM

The family of Vincent Chin, who was murdered 33 years ago in a hate crime that galvanized Asian-American advocacy, has yet to see a dime of settlement money owed them. 

Topics: /NOW, Society, Criminal Justice

Virginia Governor Says Ex-Offenders No Longer Have To Pay To Restore Voting Rights, Likens Old Policy to Poll Taxes

by Kenrya Rankin Naasel on Jun 24, 2015 2:25PM

Ex-offenders in Virginia no longer have to pay court costs and fees before regaining right to vote, hold office or serve on a jury.

Topics: /NOW, Criminal Justice

Columbia University to Cut Ties With Private Prison Industry

by Kenrya Rankin Naasel on Jun 23, 2015 3:15PM

Student organizers who successfully fought for the divestment say Columbia is the first American university to pull its investments from the private prison industry.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth, Criminal Justice

VIDEO: D'Angelo and Bobby Seale Talk Black Power and Protest Music

by Sameer Rao on Jun 22, 2015 11:56AM

The legendary Black Panthers co-founder and R&B superstar talk protest music and  the Black Power movement while driving around Cali's Bay Area.

Topics: /NOW, Society, Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice

VIDEO: Big Sean Takes on Police Brutality and Violence in New Video

by Sameer Rao on Jun 19, 2015 5:35PM

The rapper's moving video for "One Man Can Change The World" is right on time. 

Topics: /NOW, Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice

200 Men Launch Hunger Strike At ICE Detention Center Following Detainee’s Death

by Kenrya Rankin Naasel on Jun 15, 2015 1:15PM

For the last 48 hours, more than 200 men have been on a hunger strike inside an Arizona immigration detention center in response to abuse and a "mysterious" death.

Topics: /NOW, Immigration, Criminal Justice

NYC Approves Bill That Removes Felony Conviction Check Box From Job Applications

by Kenrya Rankin Naasel on Jun 12, 2015 3:21PM

New York City joins the ranks of 100+ cities and 17 states that prohibit companies from asking applicants about their criminal record before making a job offer.

Topics: /NOW, Labor, Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Economy

Video: Dallas Teens Talk McKinney

by Sameer Rao on Jun 12, 2015 2:52PM

Campers at Dallas's Black Academy of Arts and Letters address fear and anger in the aftermath of McKinney police violence. 

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth, Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice

Ella Taught Me: Shattering the Myth of the Leaderless Movement

by Barbara Ransby on Jun 12, 2015 1:56PM

It’s in vogue to call the new movement to end police violence against black civilians leaderless. Historian and veteran activist Barbara Ransby argues that it has many leaders in the Ella Baker tradition—and that Twitter won't save us. 


Topics: Police Violence, Labor, History, Media, Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Gender & Sexuality