Categories & Tags: Criminal Justice

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...

 

What's next for Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3?   |   June 22, 2010
By James Ridgeway and Jean Casella, Mother Jones Albert Woodfox has spent nearly all of the last 38 years in solitary confinement at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola....

 

Justice in Mississippi: Curtis Flowers starts record sixth murder trial   |   June 10, 2010
An African American man, Curtis Flowers, made history this week when he became the first person in U.S. history to ever go on trial for murder six times for the same crime. Mr....

 

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,...

 

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...