Criminal Justice

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'They Can Only Stretch the Bond. They Can't Break It.'

Michael Africa Jr. was born behind bars in 1978, right before his political prisoner parents were sentenced to 30 to 100 years. In 2018, for the first time in his life, Africa saw his mom and dad free and in the same space. Here’s a family story, 40 years in the making.

Eric Garner's Mother Responds as Officer Who Killed Her Son Finally Faces Disciplinary Hearing

“If this disciplinary hearing does not lead to a trial and Pantaleo losing his job, it will be a sham and a miscarriage of justice, plain and simple.”

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Midterms 2018: Progressive Prosecutors Elected to Reshape 'Lock-em-up' Mentality

Several reform-driven district attorneys won seats on Tuesday on pledges to revamp a criminal justice system that disproportionately targets people of color.

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New Report Shows Prison Can Block Access to Education for Life

Data sheds light on the educational mobility of formerly incarcerated people.

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New Docuseries Highlights the Impact of Wrong Convictions

The first episode of Vice’s “Innocence Ignored” explores the many drawbacks of Alford pleas.

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MacArthur Foundation Commits $148 Million to Criminal Justice Reform

The organization’s Safety and Justice Challenge now includes a network of 52 cities and counties creating innovative solutions to reduce over-incarceration.

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Amendment 4 Could Restore Voting Rights for Millions of Formerly Incarcerated People in Florida

People with felony convictions in the Sunshine State face some of the harshest voting laws in the nation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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. 

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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.”

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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.

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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.