Categories & Tags: Criminal Justice

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A blow to racial justice in North Carolina   |   June 7, 2013
Date on which the Republican-controlled North Carolina House voted to repeal the remaining sections of the Racial Justice Act, a state law that allows death row inmates to have...

 

A historic win for voting rights in Virginia   |   May 31, 2013
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) unveiled a plan this week to automatically restore voting rights to people convicted of nonviolent felonies. The move won praise from civil rights...

 

A prolonged stay: The reason behind the slow pace of executions   |   May 28, 2013
By Raymond Bonner, special to ProPublica States that impose the death penalty have been facing a crisis in recent years: They are short on the drugs used in executions. In...

 

Reversal of fortune: A prosecutor on trial   |   May 2, 2013
By Raymond Bonner, Special to ProPublica For 30 years, Ken Anderson was the face of law enforcement in Williamson County, Texas, first as a bearded district attorney asking the...

 

Moving beyond us vs. them: Mayor Landrieu and racial divisiveness   |   April 8, 2013
By Pam Nath, Bridge the Gulf Judge Lance Africk heard arguments in United States District Court last week regarding a consent decree designed to correct the violent, inhumane,...

 

Bank of America makes 'dirty dozen' list of criminal financial institutions   |   March 28, 2013
A watchdog group has compiled a list of banking's "dirty dozen" corporate criminals, and Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America makes the cut. Dirt Diggers Digest, a...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will justice prevail in Louisiana for Angola 3's Woodfox?   |   March 15, 2013
Date on which a federal judge, citing racial discrimination in the grand jury foreperson selection process, reversed the conviction of Albert Woodfox for the 1972 stabbing death...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A year after Trayvon Martin's death, little has changed on 'stand your ground'   |   February 26, 2013
Date on which Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American youth, was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla. by George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman who claimed self-...

 

Is the 4th Circuit veering back to the center?   |   February 14, 2013
By Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch It's been nearly a decade since the New York Times profiled the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond -- the court of last resort...

 

VOICES: The injustice of BP's criminal plea deal   |   January 29, 2013
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf (In New Orleans today, a federal judge approved a deal allowing BP to plead guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges related to the...

 

Bank of America returns to the scene of the crime   |   January 23, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Home buyers beware: Bank of America is returning to the home loan market. According to the Wall Street Journal, BofA is "girding for a...

 

Transocean settlement deal a boost for Gulf restoration efforts   |   January 4, 2013
The Swiss corporation that owned the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that BP was leasing when its Macondo well blew up off the Louisiana coast in April 2010 has pleaded guilty to...

 

The reality of the U.S. violence epidemic beyond Sandy Hook   |   December 17, 2012
Friday's massacre of 20 first-grade students and six adults at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn. by a disturbed young man who also killed his mother has...

 

Latest sanction against BP goes beyond Gulf spill   |   November 29, 2012
By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica When the Obama administration temporarily banned BP from federal contracts Wednesday, it pointed to BP's "lack of business integrity...

 

One woman's fight for the right to vote (video)   |   November 6, 2012
Tayna Fogle is a former University of Kentucky basketball team captain whose crack cocaine addiction led to a 10-year prison sentence. After serving her time, Fogle was shocked...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Well-connected health care fraudster faces fresh scrutiny   |   August 16, 2012
Date on which HCA, the Nashville, Tenn.-based health care corporation, disclosed that the Department of Justice was investigating it for performing medically unnecessary heart...

 

By the numbers: The U.S.'s growing for-profit detention industry   |   June 21, 2012
By Suevon Lee, ProPublica The growth of the private detention industry has long been a subject of scrutiny. A recent eight-part series in the New Orleans Times-Picayune...

 

Prolonged solitary confinement on trial: An interview with law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell   |   June 18, 2012
By Angola 3 News A diverse grassroots movement confronting the widespread use of prolonged solitary confinement in US prisons appears to be gaining momentum. On the morning...

 

Five 'Stand Your Ground' cases you should know about   |   June 11, 2012
By Suevon Lee, ProPublica The Stand Your Ground law is most widely associated with the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old killed in Florida by...

 

Exonerations highlight criminal injustice in the South   |   May 23, 2012
A new database that tracks exonerations of people who were falsely convicted of crimes underscores longstanding problems with the South's criminal justice system. The...

 

How Louisiana became the prison capitol of the world   |   May 14, 2012
The share of Louisiana's population that is locked up in jails or prisons is triple that of Iran and seven times that of China. In last two decades, Lousiana's...