Criminal Justice

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WATCH: Trailer for Ava Duvernay's 'When They See Us'

The four-part limited Netflix series about the Central Park Five stars a slew of esteemed actors, including Michael K. Williams and John Leguizamo.

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Marijuana Doc 'Grass Is Greener' Highlights War on Black and Latinx Communities

Fab 5 Freddy’s directorial debut explores the history of weed in the United States, including its criminalization and impact on music.

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Chicago Sues Jussie Smollet for Money Spent on Investigation

The civil suit seeks roughly $130,000 plus legal fees, which is the maximum amount allowed by law. 

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Q&A: How These Oregon Leaders Are Empowering Black Women in the Criminal Justice System

Colorlines talks to Abbey Stamp and O’Nesha Cochran, two women at the forefront of revolutionary change in their community.

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READ: Chicago Implements GPS Monitoring Devices That Calls, Records Children Without Their Consent

Cook County officials say the monitoring tool improves communication with children, but critics say it is an invasion of privacy and violation of the Constitution.

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'Blowin’ Up' is a New Doc About a Court Room That Rules In Favor of Compassion

What happens when sex workers receive support rather than punishment? Everything. 

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The Marshall Project Launches Print Publication for People Living Behind Bars

News Inside is distributed at prisons and jails.

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New PBS Doc 'Tre Maison Dason' Explores Growing Up With An Incarcerated Parent

One in 14 American children has a parent who is currently, or was previously, in prison. “Tre Maison Dasan” follows three of these children.

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New Report Highlights Need, Strategies for Juvenile Justice Reform

The Urban Institute and the Youth First Initiative want to help America move away from youth incarceration in favor of community-based solutions.

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Prosecutors Drop All 16 Charges Against Jussie Smollett

The state’s attorney’s office says the actor’s community service and agreement to forfeit his bond led it to dismiss the charges.

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Atlanta Child Murders Case Reopened Ahead of New Documentary

ID’s “The Atlanta Child Murders” spurred the reopening of the 40-year old case of 29 missing and dead Black children.

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Florida House Advances Bill That Would Limit Voting Rights for Formerly Incarcerated

Will formerly incarcerated Florida residents be forced to pay fees before their voting rights are restored?

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ICYMI: Meek Mill's New Docuseries Has a Teaser Trailer

In “#FreeMeek,” the Philly rapper hero details his firsthand experience with the criminal justice system.

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New Report Offers Big Picture Look at Mass Incarceration

The Prison Policy Initiative shines a light on racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

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New Report Analyzes Racial Bias in Police Traffic Stops

The Stanford Policing Project determined Black and Latinx drivers are pulled over more frequently than White drivers, even with less evidence of wrongdoing.

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States Consider Ban on Shackling Incarcerated People During Childbirth

The American Civil Liberties Union estimates that roughly 12,000 pregnant women are jailed in the United States each year.

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Should Jussie Smollett Have Been Indicted on 16 Felony Counts?

Twitter users weigh in on the latest development in the case.

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Former Juvenile Lifers Need a Pressure Valve [Op-Ed]

Abd’Allah Wali Lateef of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth makes the case for social service, mental health and parole policy reform to help former life-sentenced children successfully return to society.

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Federal Prosecutors Open Civil Rights Investigation Into Police Killing of Stephon Clark

It comes on the heels of the California attorney general’s decision to not file criminal charges against the officers identified in the shooting.

A Black man wearing sunglasses wears a white T-shirt with a with a photo of Stephon Clark during a demonstration in Sacramento, California on March 22, 2018.

Police Arrest Protesters After No Charges for Officers Who Killed Stephon Clark

Demonstrators were taken into custody while protesting the decision not to prosecute two Sacramento cops who fatally shot the unarmed Black man in March 2018.