Criminal Justice

VOICES: Why everyone should know about Kamau Marcharia   |   May 21, 2010
Who is Kamau Marcharia a.k.a. Robert John Lewis and why should anyone care about him? And, how did he get tangled up in sex offender punishment and politics, voting rights...

 

ICE numbers belie Obama promise on immigration enforcement   |   April 21, 2010
By Marcelo Ballvé, New America Media The Obama administration had long promised to shift the focus of immigration enforcement from workers to employers. In real terms, that means...

 

Fourth New Orleans police officer charged in post-Katrina shooting at Danziger Bridge   |   April 20, 2010
By Ryan Knutson, ProPublica Federal investigators charged another New Orleans police officer in connection to the Danziger Bridge shootings, in which two civilians were killed...

 

New clues emerge in post-Katrina vigilante shooting at Algiers Point   |   April 13, 2010
by A.C. Thompson, ProPublica, and Brendan McCarthy, Times-Picayune Three days after Hurricane Katrina turned New Orleans into a ghost town, somebody shot Donnell Herrington twice...

 

Texas Tough: An Interview with Robert Perkinson   |   April 5, 2010
By Adam Culbreath, Open Society Blog Your new book, Texas Tough: The Rise of a Prison Empire, paints a pretty dismal and disturbing picture of the history of incarceration in...

 

Feds investigating Baton Rouge police for post-Katrina actions   |   March 30, 2010
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the Baton Rouge Police Department's actions in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, according to the...

 

Immigrants being held for Census count, then deported   |   March 26, 2010
By Kevin Sieff, Texas Observer Henry Arroliga lives in South Texas' Port Isabel Detention Center, one of the nation's largest immigration detention facilities. After 17...

 

TURNING THE LOCK-EM-UP TIDE: State prison populations decline for first time since 1972   |   March 17, 2010
Locking people up in jails and prisons is expensive. State officials know this all too well: In a country that puts more people behind bars than any other -- the U.S. has less...

 

In Baton Rouge, more evidence of police misconduct after Hurricane Katrina   |   March 17, 2010
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica On Sunday, the Baton Rouge Advocate published a damning exposé detailing allegations of misconduct by Baton Rouge police officers in the aftermath of...

 

Second figure charged in post-Katrina police shootings   |   March 11, 2010
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica A second former New Orleans Police Department officer has been charged in federal court in connection with the Sept. 4, 2005 shootings on the Danziger...

 

FBI confirms investigations into post-Katrina violence widening   |   March 8, 2010
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica If you've been following our Law & Disorder series, there are a couple of fresh developments. Our partners at the Times-Picayune have some new...

 

Former New Orleans police detective pleads guilty in Katrina shooting cover-up   |   February 26, 2010
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica Former New Orleans Police Department Lt. Michael Lohman pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiring to obstruct justice, in connection with one of...

 

Historic judgment in North Carolina declares innocent a man imprisoned for 17 years   |   February 18, 2010
History was made yesterday in North Carolina when a special panel of judges declared innocent a man who served 17 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. Gregory Taylor...

 

New Orleans police officer under investigation in shooting in days after Katrina   |   February 13, 2010
By Brendan McCarthy and Laura Maggi, Times-Picayune with additional reporting by A.C. Thompson, ProPublica A rookie New Orleans police officer who had been on the force for just a...

 

Southern injustice   |   January 6, 2010
By James Ridgeway and Jean Casella, Mother Jones For the better part of four decades, Victory Wallace, 70, has made a monthly trip from New Orleans to the Louisiana State...

 

Top Stories of 2009 | #8: Want some real #acornfacts?   |   December 18, 2009
As the year draws to a close, Facing South is taking a look back at the big stories that shaped the region and the top 10 stories we did at FS that made a big splash. Here's #8: #...

 

End TVA's special treatment under law, enviros urge Obama   |   December 15, 2009
Representatives from 15 environmental advocacy groups have called on President Obama to end the Tennessee Valley Authority's immunity from federal prosecution for its Kingston...

 

VOICES: Why ACORN won   |   December 12, 2009
By Bill Quigley, Center for Constitutional Rights On December 11, 2009, a federal judge ruled that Congress had unconstitutionally cut off all federal funds to ACORN. The judge...

 

VOICES: Life without parole for teens is uncivilized   |   November 30, 2009
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America Media In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court took a huge step toward joining nearly all nations on the globe when it banned teen executions. But it...

 

VOICES: New crack cocaine bill leaves thousands behind bars   |   October 21, 2009
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America Media WASHINGTON -- Illinois Senator Dick Durbin's Fairness in Sentencing Act 2009 is anything but fair to the thousands of inmates...

 

Is justice finally on its way for police actions in the aftermath of Katrina?   |   October 13, 2009
By Jordan Flaherty, Justice Roars Two weeks ago, a federal judge partially granted class certification in a lawsuit seeking to hold the Gretna Police Department and the...

 

Appeal denied after 37 years in solitary confinement   |   October 12, 2009
By James Ridgeway, The Unsilent Generation The Louisiana State Supreme Court Friday denied an appeal from Herman Wallace, who has been held in solitary confinement for more than...

 

Feds investigate actions of the New Orleans Police Department during Katrina   |   October 9, 2009
Residents of New Orleans reported many instances of police misconduct in the days following Hurricane Katrina. Four years on, federal investigations into the actions of New...

 

Questions remain about possible execution of an innocent man in Texas   |   October 6, 2009
Last month, Facing South reported on the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, a Texas man executed in 2004 for allegedly setting his house on fire and killing his three children....

 

CENSUS WATCH: Census worker death continues to haunt Appalachia   |   October 1, 2009
The death of Bill Sparkman, a 51-year-old part-time Census field worker, continues to haunt the Appalachian region. As Facing South previously reported, Sparkman's body was found...