Categories & Tags: Criminal Justice

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...

 

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...