Categories & Tags: Criminal Justice

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...

 

Congressman's cocaine bust illuminates race and gender sentencing disparities   |   November 22, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines This week, freshman Florida Congressman Trey Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and was sentenced to one year of probation after buying 3.5...

 

Was Election Day drug bust an attempt to intimidate black voters in NC?   |   November 13, 2013
Residents of Mount Gilead, a town of about 1,100 people in central North Carolina, are reeling from a police sting operation that netted 59 arrests the morning of Election Day....

 

The 'Muhammad Ali of the criminal justice system' passes on   |   October 4, 2013
By Angola 3 News This morning we lost without a doubt the biggest, bravest, and brashest personality in the political prisoner world. It is with great sadness that we write with...

 

Private prisons lock in profits with lockup quotas   |   September 20, 2013
As state governments seek to reduce their reliance on costly incarceration to meet criminal justice goals, the private prison companies that contract with them are trying to lock...

 

Homicides soar in states with 'Stand Your Ground' laws   |   September 16, 2013
Many of the 22 states that have enacted "Stand Your Ground" self-defense laws -- like the one at the center of the controversy over last year's shooting death of...

 

In effort to end prison rape, questions about a monitor's independence   |   August 30, 2013
By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica After more than a decade of national legislative efforts to end prison rape, this month was supposed to produce a significant victory: formal audits...

 

The tricky business of measuring progress eight years after Hurricane Katrina   |   August 29, 2013
Define "progress." For those in government, it typically means economic growth and improvements in quality of life that boost confidence among wealthy investors....

 

Dream Defenders leave capitol, heading for governor's home   |   August 16, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines The youth organizers of the Dream Defenders civil rights collective stood their ground and slept on the grounds of the Florida state capitol building...

 

Why is the White House aiding and abetting lawbreaking by coal plants?   |   July 25, 2013
A new report documents widespread lawbreaking among the nation's coal-power utilities that endangers public health  -- and it reveals an effort by the White House to let...

 

Opening the Box: Sarah Shourd on Herman Wallace, California hunger strikers and the horror of solitary confinement   |   July 22, 2013
By Angola 3 News Last month, we were devastated to learn that the Angola 3's Herman Wallace had been diagnosed with liver cancer, and that he was continuing to be held in...

 

Virginia unveils plan for restoring voting rights to former felons   |   July 19, 2013
In May, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced a historic win for voting rights: the automatic restoration of those rights for former nonviolent felony offenders on an...

 

How Zimmerman's colorblind trial helps the Justice Dept.'s case   |   July 18, 2013
(This story originally appeared at Colorlines.) Veteran civil rights attorneys and advocates are convinced that enough evidence of wrongdoing remains from the George Zimmerman...

 

VOICES: For young black men in American cities, you're either invisible or viewed as a threat   |   July 16, 2013
(This story originally appeared at Next City.) My wife and I left the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in a limousine last Sunday, both of us hyped from her appearance that...

 

What now for North Carolina's Racial Justice Act?   |   July 5, 2013
By Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch It didn't take long for Gov. Pat McCrory to put pen to paper and sign off on the repeal of the state's landmark Racial Justice Act,...

 

Rape and other sexual violence prevalent in juvenile justice system   |   June 11, 2013
By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica Hundreds of teen-agers are raped or sexually assaulted during their stays in the country's juvenile detention facilities, and many of them are...