Categories & Tags: Criminal Justice

New developments in possible lynching case out of North Carolina   |   September 1, 2015
It's been a year since the lifeless body of 17-year old Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a swing set in the small town of Bladenboro, North Carolina. While state...

 

Executive in WV spill pleads guilty, gets his Bentley and millions back   |   August 20, 2015
By Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams Former Freedom Industries president Gary Southern on Wednesday pleaded guilty to pollution crimes for his company's role in a massive chemical...

 

Healing our wounds: Restorative justice is needed for Albert Woodfox, the Black Panther Party and the nation   |   June 29, 2015
By Angola 3 News On Monday, June 8, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge James Brady ruled that the Angola 3's Albert Woodfox be both immediately released and barred from a...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The torture of solitary confinement under growing scrutiny   |   June 17, 2015
Date on which a federal judge overturned Albert Woodfox's second murder conviction in the 1972 stabbing death of a prison guard during a riot and ordered the release of the 68...

 

Grassroots organizing shapes North Charleston's response to police killing of Walter Scott   |   May 29, 2015
By Kerry Taylor The city of North Charleston, South Carolina, has received strong praise for its handling of police officer Michael T. Slager's fatal shooting of 50-year-old...

 

Why 'Ban the Box' matters   |   May 7, 2015
By Dan DiMaggio, Labor Notes Gadgets like Apple's just-released watch symbolize the future — but the company doesn't want to let workers move on from their pasts....

 

'Profiting From Misery': Private prison corporations driving harsh immigration policies   |   April 17, 2015
By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams   Private prison companies are spending millions of dollars to lobby the U.S. government for harsher immigration laws that, in turn...

 

Dixie Justice: The roots and legacy of the South's incarceration boom   |   March 27, 2015
It's not news that the United States is the incarceration capital of the world: The 2.4 million people behind bars in the U.S. today is, as Matt Ford at The Atlantic noted,...

 

Seven things to know about uprising at Texas private prison for immigrants   |   February 23, 2015
By Bob Libal, Grassroots Leadership This weekend, a private prison incarcerating immigrant prisoners in Willacy County, Texas erupted into a major uprising. While most of the...

 

A Tennessee law makes motherhood a crime   |   February 12, 2015
By Rosa Goldensohn and Rachael Levy, Special to Equal Voice News At around midnight on Nov. 13, 2014, Tonya Martin slipped out into the yard that separated her trailer from the...

 

Prosecuting corporate culprits   |   January 9, 2015
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest On December 18th, the national page of the New York Times contained two stories on atypical events in the business world. One was headlined...

 

Judge exonerates 14-year-old boy executed in 1944   |   December 19, 2014
By Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams A judge on Wednesday vacated the conviction of George Stinney, Jr., who was executed in 1944 at 14 years old, making him the youngest person put...

 

Getting even tougher on corporate crime   |   December 10, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest West Virginia's coal country is not very fond of the Environmental Protection Agency these days, but another part of the federal...

 

Bankers gone wild (again)   |   November 14, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest There seems to be no end to the chutzpah of the big banks. They brazenly break the law and then pay growing but still quite affordable...

 

Americans disenfranchised for crimes would be able to sway Senate races   |   November 3, 2014
Almost six million Americans cannot vote because of laws that disenfranchise people for felony convictions -- but if their voting rights were restored, they would likely be able...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: What do the numbers say about prisons in the South?   |   September 26, 2014
Total number of people in federal and state prisons in the U.S. at the end of 2013: 1.57 million Decline in federal prison population from 2012 to 2013: 1,900 Number of...

 

Terrorism, COINTELPRO, and the Black Panther Party: An interview with law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell   |   September 8, 2014
By Angola 3 News This past July, students from Northwestern University's Medill Justice Project visited the infamous Louisiana State Prison known as Angola. While there,...

 

The environmental prosecution gap   |   August 25, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest With reports of a $16 billion Justice Department settlement with Bank of America following on the heels of other big payouts by misbehaving...

 

NC fracking bill orders prison time for disclosing chemicals, ignores health risks   |   May 19, 2014
North Carolina's legislature convened last week, and lawmakers introduced a bill that brings the state one step closer to allowing oil and gas drilling. One aspect of the...

 

Three things Obama's new clemency initiative doesn't do   |   April 28, 2014
By Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica Last week, the Department of Justice outlined expanded criteria that could allow prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes to win early release from...

 

Judge throws out murder charge in Mississippi fetal harm case   |   April 4, 2014
By Nina Martin, ProPublica A Mississippi judge has thrown out murder charges against a young woman in the 2006 death of her stillborn child, a significant setback for prosecutors...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's execution lust puts it in rare and brutal company   |   March 28, 2014
Of the 206 countries around the world, number in which executions were known to have taken place in 2013: 22 Number of executions that took place worldwide last year: 778...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A brief history of the hell that is Louisiana's Angola prison   |   March 13, 2014
Number of years that Glenn Ford, a black man wrongfully convicted of murder by an all-white jury, spent on death row in the notorious Louisiana State Penitentiary, better known as...

 

The U.S. Gulag: Incarceration and the 'immorality' of private prisons   |   December 17, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   JACKSON, Miss. -- Mariachi guitarist Johnny Mora's bout with drugs was years in his past, but the legacy of jail time it led to is as...

 

NC Election Day drug bust violated policing best practices   |   December 5, 2013
A month after 100 police, sheriff's deputies and special agents swooped in on the small North Carolina town of Mount Gilead the morning of Election Day and made dozens of drug...