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Eric Holder Calls for Criminal Justice Reform in Farewell Address

2 days agoNews : Mediaite

Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder gave his farewell address on Friday, just one day after the Senate voted to confirm his replacement, Loretta Lynch. Speaking about the U.S. criminal justice system, Holder did not mince his word...

Twitter and Sens. Leahy, Paul Honored as 'Constitutional Champions'

Senators Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, and Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, received awards Wednesday night as "constitutional champions" for their efforts to reform the criminal justice system, including their opposition to mandatory minimum sentences.       

Hardy’s suspension raises questions about disciplinary process

From the perspective of the criminal justice system, it never will be known whether Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy committed domestic violence, because the alleged victim didn’t show up for the jury trial that could have determined his guilt.  That happened because Hardy reportedly negotiated a settlement with Nicole Holder, which resulted in him paying an amount…

There Have Been 134 Arrests At A Single High School This School Year

Research shows that removing students from school and introducing them to the criminal justice system makes them more likely to perform poorly and engage in delinquent behavior in the future. The post There Have Been 134 Arrests At A Single High School This School Year appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison: ‘I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman’

5 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The Nobel prize-winning author tells Daily Telegraph that America’s race issues will never end until disparities in criminal justice system are resolved...

Toni Morrison: ‘I Want To See A Black Man Convicted For Raping A Black Woman

Pulitzer Price-winning author Toni Morrison’s comment is about disparities in our criminal justice system. Morrison, who won the Pulitzer prize in 1988 for her novel Beloved, which told a story of racism and slavery in 19th-century Kentucky and Ohio, drew on a recent spate of high-profile killings of unarmed African Americans by law enforcement officials [...]

Legislation to help ex-offenders points to a slow shift in Annapolis

Maryland’s legislature passed a number of bills this year aimed at reforming the criminal justice system or helping ex-offenders turn their lives around, including several proposals that stalled in committee in previous legislative sessions.Read full article >>

Conrad Black on American Criminal Justice

Conrad Black, writing at National Review Online, blasts the “plague of unjust prosecutions” in the American legal system. Here is an excerpt:   Another disturbing recent development in the saga of gonzo American prosecutors is New York...Show More Summary

Seizing the Moment to Reform a Criminal Justice System that Hurts Families and Communities

On July 24, 2004, I stood in an overly air-conditioned courtroom in Gainesville, Georgia, and watched as my then-husband pled out to six years in prison for a non-violent crime. As the bailiff handcuffed him and began to lead him out of the room, I looked down at my two-month-old daughter and felt fear wash over me. Show More Summary

Seizing the Moment to Reform a Criminal Justice System that Hurts Families and Communities

On July 24, 2004, I stood in an overly air-conditioned courtroom in Gainesville, Georgia, and watched as my then-husband pled out to six years in prison for a non-violent crime. As the bailiff handcuffed him and began to lead him out of the room, I looked down at my two-month-old daughter and felt fear wash over me. Show More Summary

Defending The Jury: An Interview With Laura Appleman

How can we improve the American criminal justice system by strengthening the community's role in the process?

Police Body Cameras Receive Near-Universal Support In Poll

Americans may be deeply divided over race relations, police brutality and the criminal justice system, but their support for police body cameras remains nearly universal. In a new YouGov/Economist poll, 88 percent of Americans support police officers wearing body cameras, with 56 percent strongly favoring the idea. Show More Summary

The Tragedy of Orange Is the New Black

The hit show lays bare a dangerous flaw in the criminal justice system.

1,500 Rikers Island Inmates Have Been Behind Bars More Than A Year Without Being Convicted

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a sweeping plan Tuesday to modernize the city’s criminal justice system and improve conditions in the Rikers Island jail complex, which for years has been plagued by violence and corruption. The...Show More Summary

1,500 Rikers Island Inmates Have Been Behind Bars More Than A Year Without Being Convicted

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a sweeping plan Tuesday to modernize the city’s criminal justice system and improve conditions in the Rikers Island jail complex, which for years has been plagued by violence and corruption. The...Show More Summary

NYC Justice System Overhaul to Reduce Prison Populations by 20% - Mayor

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the criminal justice system in New York City will be revamped as part of a city-wide overhaul dubbed Justice Reboot to reduce the number of prison populations.

Conrad Black on American Criminal Justice

Tim Lynch Conrad Black, writing at National Review Online, blasts the “plague of unjust prosecutions” in the American legal system. Here is an excerpt:   Another disturbing recent development in the saga of gonzo American prosecutors...Show More Summary

I Could Have Been a Child Killer Sentenced to Life in Prison

At 12, I almost killed my uncle. I was 12 years old when I aimed my grandmother’s.22 handgun at my Uncle Cricket. I had no idea that the criminal justice system might treat me as a murderer. I was just a kid who was scared for my life...Show More Summary

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