Categories & Tags: Criminal Justice

INSTITUTE INDEX: Expanding access to good jobs after jail   |   February 26, 2016
Number of U.S. adults who have a serious misdemeanor or felony arrest or conviction record: 70 million Number of people released from state and federal prisons each year: 630,000...

 

VOICES: Public defender meltdown in Louisiana   |   February 25, 2016
By Bill Quigley Louisiana, which has the highest incarceration rate in the country, no longer provides public defenders to all its people accused of crimes; within months over...

 

Innovative citizen initiatives open access to police data   |   January 8, 2016
As outrage mounts over fatal police shootings of unarmed civilians, a growing number of police departments nationwide are releasing data on officer-involved shootings, use of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A historic victory for voting rights and racial justice in Kentucky   |   November 25, 2015
Date on which Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D), in one of his last acts in office, signed an executive order to automatically restore voting rights to certain felons who've...

 

Alabama considers a step back from prosecuting pregnant drug users   |   November 20, 2015
By Nina Martin, ProPublica A health task force appointed by Alabama's Republican governor is weighing proposals that could dramatically reform the nation's harshest law...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The harsh treatment of black girls in the South's public schools   |   October 30, 2015
Date on which the FBI and the Justice Department announced they were opening an investigation into the violent arrest of a 16-year-old African-American girl identified as Shakara...

 

How the South could 'un-choose' mass incarceration   |   October 9, 2015
Mass incarceration, an issue that has long plagued the U.S., has been in the news recently, with President Obama and Republican and Democratic presidential candidates alike...

 

Volkswagen deserves its day in criminal court   |   October 6, 2015
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Volkswagen's scheme to circumvent federal emissions regulations for millions of its cars cries out for tough prosecution. Yet it turns out...

 

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,...