Criminal Justice

A Black man wearing a white T-shirt that says "Tamir Rice Only" in black ink speaks at a protest

Tamir Rice's Mom Wants to Know Why Another Ohio PD Hired the Troubled Cop Who Killed Her Son (Updated)

Timothy Loehmann, the former Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014, was offered a new police job at another Ohio department. Rice’s mother, Samaria, is demanding answers.

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Jury Finds Jason Van Dyke Guilty of Murdering Laquan McDonald

The former Chicago Police Department officer shot the Black teenager 16 times as he was retreating.

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Philly Mural Project 'Portraits of Justice' Confronts Mass Incarceration

Formerly incarcerated artists working with Mural Arts Philadelphia created a new art installation in defiance of former mayor and police chief Frank Rizzo’s history of violence in the city.

California governor signs criminal justice reform measures.

Series of New Laws Overhauls California's Criminal Justice System

Governor Jerry Brown signs a slew of measures aimed at reducing prison population and stemming the criminalization of people of color.

Police body camera technology

READ: Body Cameras Won't Save Us

A new article from The Atlantic says there is only so much that technology can do to improve police accountability.

Murder rate drops in US, according to FBI data

Violent Crime Rates Fall, But Incarceration Rates Still High

Ames Grawert of Brennan Center for Justice: “Congress and states should back commonsense sentencing reform that would correct grave injustices in the way we sentence and incarcerate.”

BIll Cosby and Andrew Wyatt. Black man in dark navy suit and blue and brown tie stands behind Black man in blue suit and black glasses in front of beige wall

Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault

The sentence marks the culmination of several years of legal action surrounding Cosby’s alleged decades of drugging and assaulting women.

ICE arresting sponsors of undocumented children.

ICE is Arresting Immigrants Who Attempt to Sponsor Undocumented Children

Majority of arrests are result of immigration violations, not criminal activity.

 

Jeff Sessions further limits judicial independence of immigration judges

Attorney General Further Limits Judges' Ability to Dismiss Deportation Cases

Critics say the new directive from Jeff Sessions is the latest in a series of moves designed to limit judicial independece and integrity.

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WATCH: The 5-Year Fight to Shut Down 'War Games Training' in the Bay Area

Bay Area activists have long maintained that the annual Urban Shield SWAT training and expo promotes police militarization under the guise of emergency preparedness. Here’s how they shut it down. 

Satellite image of a storm landing on the United States Atlantic coast.

South Carolina Refused to Evacuate Incarcerated People Ahead of Hurricane Florence

“If Governor McMaster truly does not want to ‘gamble with the lives of the people of South Carolina,’ he needs to make sure that the prison system is up to par, or evacuate the inmates just as he has ordered the rest of us to do.”

new york police department dispatch vehicle is parked outside of a school in the background students are walking

REPORT: The Urgent Need to Dismantle School Policing in Communities of Color

A new report from Advancement Project and Alliance for Educational Justice amplifies the voices of students of color who are demanding police-free schools.

Incarcerated man in blue hat and pants and jacket with yellow letters in grey handcuffs held by corrections officer in green uniform and hat in front of black lockers and cells and grey floor with yellow stripe

San Quentin Speaks Via New Season of 'Ear Hustle' Podcast

The third season of the podcast, recorded by incarcerated people at San Quentin State Prison, explores the dynamics of lockdown, the experiences of incarcerated immigrants and more.

U.S. gun violence is a human rights crisis, says Amnesty International

Under the Gun: U.S. Firearm Violence Is a Human Rights Crisis

A new report from Amnesty International says that gun violence in the United States is a crisis that has an exorbitant toll on communities of color.

Dallas Police Officer Faces Manslaughter Charge in Black Man's Shooting Death

Dallas Police Officer Faces Manslaughter Charge in Shooting Death of Botham Jean

Amber Guyger’s fatal shooting of the Black man recast national attention on police violence and accountability.

Native American Activists Celebrate Decision To Mark Columbus Day In LA County As Indigenous Peoples Day Starting 2019

READ: Bills Seek to Save the Lives Of Native Women

Savannas Act, the End Trafficking of Native Americans Act and the #NotInvisible campaign hope to strengthen the federal response for Indigenous women who are kidnapped and murdered.

Trump Administration Proposes Longer Detention for Migrant Children

Trump Administration Proposes Longer Detention for Migrant Children

A newly proposed rule would circumvent a long-established agreement that limits child detention to 20 days.

Democrats call on Trump administration to reunite 500 children who remain separated from their parents

Democrats Demand Reunification Plan for 500 Separated Children

More than 40 days after the deadline to reunify thousands of immigrant families, hundreds of children still remain separated from their parents.

Brett Kavanaugh. White man's face takes up half the frame.

WATCH: Brett Kavanaugh's Live Senate Hearing

NAACP President Derrick Johnson: “His views on voting rights, affirmative action, equal employment, fair housing and criminal justice could shut the courthouse door on justice for a generation.”

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READ: Notes From Inside the Prison Strike

Kevin Rashid Johnson writes from solitary confinement about the importance of fighting to reform the criminal justice system.