Category: Law, Crime, & Justice

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson: Mamie Till and Tarsha Jackson: ‘Mothers at the Gate’

Jackson is one of a growing number of family members nationwide, mostly mothers, who have taken up the mantle to advocate for juvenile justice reform

Timothy Braatz: Put Restorative Justice on the Democratic Platform

Destroy your enemy. In a stressed out, heavily armed, profoundly unequal and racist society, this is a dangerous message

Cherrie Bucknor: The Price We Pay

A new report from CEPR estimates that the reduction in the overall employment rate caused by the barriers faced by former prisoners and people convicted of felonies costs the United States $78 to $87 billion in annual GDP

Timothy Braatz: The Confessions of Brock Turner and a Culture of Punishment

To understand the influence of the culture of punishment, imagine a culture obsessed with rehabilitation instead

Alice Speri: A Year After Cops Fired 44 Rounds at Keith Davis, His Case Still Raises Questions About Justice in Baltimore

Prosecutors chasing convictions at all costs, often with weak cases, have only contributed to the animosity against the city’s justice apparatus

Stanley L. Cohen: The Road Home for Prisoner 19846 052

I don’t give a shit about your dog. You pay us in full by the end of the day or report here with your clothes… home confinement is done. If you don’t show… you’re a fugitive.” With these words Katasha R. Artis, the dramatically under trained ex jock who serves as the Director of the Read more…

Juan Cole: Dear Mr. Holder: Why Ed Snowden can’t get a Fair Trial in your National Security State

Former US Attorney General Eric Holder said in an interview that what NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden did was illegal but added “”We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate we engaged in and by Read more…

Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson Surya Mattu and Lauren Kirchner: Machine Bias

There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks

Matthew Harwood: Power Loves the Dark

Police Nationwide Are Secretly Exploiting Intrusive Technologies With the Feds’ Complicity

Marjorie Cohn: Michael Ratner’s Death Is a Loss for Freedom, Peace and Justice

Legendary human rights lawyer Michael Ratner died Wednesday. His pathbreaking legal and political work on behalf of the poor and oppressed around the world is unmatched. His death is an incalculable loss for the cause of freedom, peace and justice. The last time I saw Michael was shortly before he was diagnosed with cancer. We Read more…

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