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ICYMI: This Passage From Ava DuVernay's Peabody Speech Sums Up Why We Must End Mass Incarceration

DuVernay won a Peabody Award for her documentary, "13th," which examines the relationship between contemporary mass incaraceration and slavery.

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ICYMI: Criminal Justice Orgs Denounce Jeff Sessions' Mandatory Minimums Directive

Activists and advocacy groups say the attorney general's latest sentencing order fuels the War on Drugs at the expense of communities of color.

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5 Reasons Why Kris Kobach Shouldn't Lead Trump's Voter Fraud Investigations [OPINION]

The Kansas secretary of state helped create President Trump's border policy and supports voter ID measures. Now, he has a seat on the president's new voter fraud investigation commission.

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No, The Anti-Immigrant Border Wall Isn't the Infrastructure Project Americans Voted For [OPINION]

The United States already has the largest immigrant detention system in the world. Building a wall and expanding the deportation machine is not the infrastructure our country’s working families voted for or need.

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READ: Why Crime Survivors Who Refuse to Testify Should Not Be Jailed

New Orleans-based journalist Deborah Cotton died this week from wounds sustained during a 2013 shooting. Her new, posthumously published essay argues that incarcerating crime victims who won't testify feeds distrust between prosecutors and communities of color.

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Legal Advocacy Groups Sue DHS for Info on Treatment of Muslims at Border Stops, Airports

The two federal court filings demand reports on the seizure of Muslims' electronic devices and the revocation of their Trusted Traveler status.

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Michael Slager Pleads Guilty to Violating Walter Scott's Civil Rights

The former North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for fatally shooting Scott, an unarmed Black motorist, in the back during a traffic stop.

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WATCH: Ferguson Rises Up Against Police Violence in the 'Whose Streets?' Trailer

The feature documentary opens in theaters August 11, just two days after the third anniversary of Michael Brown's killing by ex-police officer Darren Wilson.

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WATCH: The Kominas Lampoons TSA, Border Profiling Questions in New 'Freedom' Music Video

"Do you prefer spicy food to non-spicy food?"

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Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Respond to Plan to Close Rikers Island

“It’s not close Rikers while we allow law makers to make policy that continues to criminalize Brown and Black people.”

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New Audio Documentary Series Explores Link Between War on Drugs, Police Violence

Audible’s “100:1 The Crack Legacy” delves into the politics and polices that disproportionately impact Black people in America.

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Ai Weiwei Will Build Fences Around New York City to Protest Xenophobia

"We are witnessing a rise in nationalism, an increase in the closure of borders, and an exclusionary attitude towards migrants and refugees, the victims of war and the casualties of globalization."

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Jeff Sessions: No More DOJ Funding for Sanctuary Cities

The attorney general says his agency will withhold funding from cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration agents.

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Mother of Ramarley Graham on Resignation of Her Son's Killer: 'New York City Should Be Appalled'

The NYPD officer who killed Constance Malcolm’s son resigned to avoid punishment. Malcom says she is not done fighting. Watch her press conference.

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New Fellowship Offers Grants for Previously Incarcerated Artists

"We firmly believe that formerly incarcerated individuals not only have a right to fully return to society, but can offer innovative solutions to one of the most pressing issues of our time."

Officer Who Killed Laquan McDonald Indicted on 16 Additional Charges

“In a moment of leniency, [a jury] may decide to convict him of aggravated battery instead.”

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Jay Z and Harvey Weinstein to Bring Trayvon Martin's Story to Film and TV

The duo behind "TIME: The Kalief Browder Story" acquired the rights to two books about Martin, including his parents' recent memoir. They plan to turn them into a narrative film and docuseries.

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Records Show NYPD Deployed Video Surveillance Teams to Hundreds of Black Lives Matter, Occupy Actions

The Verge reports that NYPD camera crews monitored protests against police violence and economic inequality from 2011 to 2013 and again in 2016.

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Deadly Police Violence and Unsolved Murder Ignite Racial Turmoil in 'Shots Fired'

Fox's new limited series stars Sanaa Lathan and Stephan James investigating the death of a White student at the hands of a Black sheriff's deputy in a small North Carolina town.

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SCOTUS Hears Case on the Use of Force in Law Enforcement

County of Los Angeles v. Mendez asks: Should officers be held liable when they cause a situation that leads to the use of force?