Categories & Tags: Criminal Justice

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...

 

VOICES: The absurd prosecution of John Edwards   |   May 4, 2012
By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch North Carolina is the scene of an embarrassing national spectacle these days. The trial of John Edwards is a sad and sordid matter that has to...

 

BP sees a return to grandeur as Gulf fishermen reel from disaster   |   May 1, 2012
By Rocky Kistner, Bridge the Gulf The second memorial of the nation's worst oil catastrophe has come and gone, forever linked to Earth Day and seared into the psyches of...

 

Wal-Mart and Watergate   |   April 27, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Wal-Mart has been probably been accused of more types of misconduct than any other large corporation. The latest additions to the list are...

 

The New Vigilantes: Trayvon Martin and the 'shoot first' lobby   |   March 21, 2012
In 2007, 61-year old Joe Horn looked out the window of his Pasadena, Texas home and saw a pair of black men in his neighbors' yard, apparently involved in a burglary. Horn...

 

Trayvon Martin killing brings scrutiny to controversial self-defense laws   |   March 20, 2012
The U.S. Department of Justice announced late Monday that it would investigate the February deadly shooting of an unarmed black teen by a neighborhood watch vigilante in a gated...

 

Another Supreme Court boost for corporate unaccountability?   |   March 13, 2012
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Global corporations often think they are above the law, but for more than a decade some of the most egregious human rights and environmental...

 

Ernie Lopez to face charges again   |   January 30, 2012
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica A Texas district attorney has decided to re-try an Amarillo man on charges that he sexually assaulted a six-month old girl, just days after the state...

 

Texas court voids conviction in child death case   |   January 26, 2012
By A.C Thompson, ProPublica The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals yesterday set aside the conviction of Ernie Lopez, an Amarillo man found guilty in 2003 of sexually assaulting six...

 

In Mississippi, identities of pardon applicants must be public   |   January 13, 2012
By Dafna Linzer, ProPublica The legality of last-minute clemency decisions by outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour appears to hinge on whether the recipients gave sufficient...

 

Top 5 of 2011 - #3: The fight to save Troy Davis   |   December 27, 2011
NOTE: Facing South will be posting lightly over the winter holidays. As we close out the year, we look at Facing South's big stories in 2011. Our earlier entries in the series...

 

VOICES: It doesn't matter to GOP that race matters   |   November 29, 2011
By Chris Fitzsimon, N.C. Policy Watch The most remarkable thing in the Senate debate and vote to repeal the Racial Justice Act (RJA) Monday was that no one seriously responded to...

 

U.S. deportees to Haiti, jailed without cause, face severe health risks   |   November 16, 2011
By Jacob Kushner, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The United States has deported more than 250 Haitians since January knowing that one in two...

 

Justice for Sale: Record spending floods into judicial campaigns   |   October 27, 2011
How much money does it cost to buy a judge? More than ever, according to a new report which finds that spending on state high court elections skyrocketed in 2009-2010, especially...

 

What I learned at my arrest at Troy Davis' execution   |   October 13, 2011
By Stephen Dear A few minutes before Troy Davis was scheduled to be poisoned to death in Jackson, Ga., on Sept. 24, I made the sign of the cross, took a deep breath and, with...

 

Troy Davis protesters occupy Wall Street   |   September 26, 2011
By Ryan Devereaux, New America Media Less than twenty-four hours after the state of Georgia injected a cocktail of lethal drugs into the bloodstream of Troy Anthony Davis, the...

 

Troy Davis case shows need for eyewitness identification reform   |   September 22, 2011
The long struggle to save the life of Georgia death-row inmate Troy Davis ended last night at 11:08 p.m., when Davis -- who maintained his innocence to the very end -- was...

 

Why does the South execute more people?   |   September 22, 2011
In the wake of the high-profile but ultimately unsuccessful effort to save Georgia's Troy Davis from execution, media outlets are buzzing that the Davis case has sparked a new...

 

The extraordinary movement to save Troy Davis   |   September 19, 2011
By Kung Li Today, Monday September 19, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles meets to decide whether Troy Davis will live or die. [Editor's note: On Tuesday, September 20...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Is Georgia about to execute an innocent man?   |   September 15, 2011
Date on which the state of Georgia plans to execute Troy Davis: 9/21/2011 Year in which Davis was convicted of the 1989 murder of Savannah, Ga. Police Officer Mark MacPhail: 1991...