Categories & Tags: Criminal Justice

John Edwards cheat sheet: What are the facts, and do they make him a criminal?   |   June 9, 2011
By Marian Wang, ProPublica First, a sex scandal, followed by a messy cover-up and an even messier fessing-up. The sequence has become all but routine in Washington. But the...

 

Dispatch from Death Row: Saving Troy Davis   |   June 7, 2011
"De'Jaun, come over here, I want to talk to you." De'Jaun Correia, a slender 13-year-old with thick corn-rows in his hair, sat down next to his uncle Troy Davis in the...

 

Civitas pollster fined $10,000 for breaking NC robo-call law after complaint by Facing South editor   |   May 26, 2011
The controversy began in December 2009, when Sue Sturgis received an automated call at her home asking questions about her views on education in Wake County, N.C., the site of...

 

Supreme Court gives Southern states more incentive to push prison alternatives   |   May 24, 2011
The Supreme Court's ruling this week that California's prisons are so overcrowded it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment -- requiring the release of 30,000 prisoners...

 

VOICES: The railroading of Troy Davis   |   May 5, 2011
By Angola 3 News Laura Moye is director of the Amnesty International USA Death Penalty Abolition Campaign. In this interview, Moye talks about 42-year-old Troy Davis, an African...

 

Judge hands out tough sentences in post-Katrina killing by police   |   April 5, 2011
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica A federal judge last week sentenced two former New Orleans police officers for killing Henry Glover and incinerating his body during the aftermath of...

 

Feds find 'systemic violations of civil rights' by New Orleans police department   |   March 23, 2011
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica The U.S. Department of Justice released a 158-page report last week on the New Orleans Police Department, identifying a host of deep systemic...

 

Controversial immigration enforcement program goes statewide in North Carolina   |   March 21, 2011
By Rebekah L. Cowell, special to Facing South U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced last week that all 100 counties in North Carolina have been connected to the...

 

New paralegal training provides ray of hope for formerly incarcerated people in New Orleans   |   February 1, 2011
By Rosana Cruz, Bridge the Gulf Drive down this short stretch of St. Bernard Avenue, and you will see signs of a struggling neighborhood in despair. Bars, blighted homes, metal-...

 

Showdown over King Coal's rule in Kentucky   |   January 31, 2011
A battle that took place last week in a Kentucky courtroom shined a spotlight on the cozy relationship between the coal industry and the state -- and will help decide whether...

 

What if executives feared prison time for health and safety crimes?   |   January 28, 2011
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes In the U.S., owners and managers of companies like BP, responsible for 11 deaths and 17 injuries in last year's Gulf oil rig explosion, never face jail...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The gun lobby's deadly force   |   January 6, 2011
Of the 10 U.S. gun dealers that sold the most firearms traced to crimes over the past four years, number in the South: 5 Of the 10 states with the most crime guns exported per 100...

 

VOICES: Why Mississippi governor's sudden show of mercy is no 'shining example'   |   January 4, 2011
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America Media Last week, NAACP President Ben Jealous called Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour "a shining example" of how governors should...

 

How does the biggest prison strike in American history go unnoticed?   |   December 22, 2010
By Mark Anthony Neal, TheLoop21.com In September of 1971, more than a thousand prisoners at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, NY revolted in what eventually became one...

 

Georgia prisoner strike comes out of lockdown   |   December 16, 2010
By Kung Li Georgia prisoners came out of their cells today, ending the lockdown phase of the largest prison work strike in U.S. history. The coordinated, nonviolent action drew...

 

In wake of Glover verdicts, what's next for New Orleans' troubled police force?   |   December 14, 2010
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica One of the most striking moments in the federal civil rights prosecutions arising from the death of Henry Glover came when Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann, a...

 

Jury convicts three, acquits two in post-Katrina police shooting   |   December 10, 2010
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica A federal jury last night convicted three current or former New Orleans police officers in connection with the death of Henry Glover, a 31-year old...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The war on WikiLeaks   |   December 9, 2010
Year that President Woodrow Wilson called for "open diplomacy" that "shall proceed always frankly and in the public view": 1918 Number of secret U.S. diplomatic cables the anti-...

 

No discipline for New Orleans cop despite complaints   |   October 25, 2010
By Brendan McCarthy, New Orleans Times-Picayune, and A.C. Thompson, ProPublica The disciplinary file on the New Orleans Police Department's Dwayne Scheuermann is inches thick --...

 

VOICES: A Freedom Rider Returns to Parchman   |   October 19, 2010
By Reilly Morse I rode on the Mississippi Center for Justice's Great Mississippi Road Trip last weekend. For some folks, the most memorable moment may have been the stops at...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Taking on the mortgage banksters   |   October 15, 2010
Number of states where attorneys general are investigating the mortgage-servicing industry following allegations that questionable documents and procedures were used to support...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Debtors' prisons rise again in the South   |   October 6, 2010
The Brennan Center for Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union released reports this week documenting the growing problem of criminal justice debt and the considerable...

 

NOPD officer gets three years for cover-up of Danziger Bridge shootings   |   September 23, 2010
By Sabrina Shankman, ProPublica Former New Orleans Police Officer Jeffrey Lehrmann was sentenced Wednesday to three years in federal prison for his part in the cover-up of the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Torture, American-style   |   September 10, 2010
Date on which a federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit brought by five foreign plaintiffs transported by CIA contractors to U.S.-run prisons or foreign intelligence agencies...

 

Arrest made in murders of union activists at Colombian mine owned by Alabama coal company   |   September 8, 2010
The brother of the former Inspector General of Colombia has been arrested in connection with the murder of two union activists working for Drummond, a multinational coal company...