Criminal Justice

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...

 

Quran-burning plans by Florida church come on rising tide of anti-Islamic bigotry   |   September 8, 2010
A Florida church says it intends to follow through with plans to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks despite warnings from top U.S....

 

Federal agents open inquiry into order authorizing NOPD cops to shoot looters   |   September 1, 2010
By Robin Fields, ProPublica Federal agents are looking into allegations that high-ranking New Orleans police commanders gave orders after Hurricane Katrina authorizing officers...

 

After Katrina, New Orleans cops were told they could shoot looters   |   August 24, 2010
This story was reported by Sabrina Shankman and Tom Jennings of Frontline, Brendan McCarthy and Laura Maggi of The New Orleans Times-Picayune and A.C. Thompson of ProPublica. In...

 

Man indicted for alleged racial attack in post-Katrina New Orleans   |   July 22, 2010
By Brendan McCarthy, The Times-Picayune, and A.C. Thompson, ProPublica A former New Orleans resident was charged last week with federal hate crimes for his alleged role in a...

 

Six New Orleans police charged in post-Katrina killings, but activists say deeper change is needed   |   July 16, 2010
By Jordan Flaherty, Huffington Post This week, federal officials charged six current and former New Orleans police officers in connection with the killing of civilians in the days...

 

Six more charged in New Orleans Danziger Bridge shootings   |   July 14, 2010
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday announced the indictment of six current or former New Orleans Police Department officers in connection to...