Category: Law, Crime, & Justice

Debbie Southorn: Officers Accused of Abuses Leading “Implicit Bias” Training Program

For activists working on policing issues in Chicago, the track records of police officers who have or are giving trainings underscore the problems with pushing for “improved training” as the solution for police violence

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Alice Speri: Police Make More Than 10 Million Arrests a Year

But That Doesn’t Mean They’re Solving Crimes

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Billy Corriher: Court packing in coal country

If a pending bill passes in West Virginia, Republican Gov. Jim Justice — a billionaire former coal company executive — will appoint 82 percent of the state’s appellate judiciary in just his first term

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Marjorie Cohn: Brett Kavanaugh is a Threat to Racial Justice and Voting Rights

In light of the proliferation of laws that pose obstacles to voting, the Supreme Court will have the opportunity to further eviscerate the Voting Rights Act

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Marjorie Cohn: William Barr Will Be a Loyal Foot Soldier in King Trump’s Army

At his attorney general confirmation hearing, William Barr sought to reassure senators on the Judiciary Committee that Robert Mueller’s probe would be allowed to continue, saying, “I believe it is vitally important that the Special Counsel be allowed to complete his investigation.” But Barr, who champions a disturbing radical right-wing theory of all-encompassing presidential power Read more…

Alexandra Natapoff: How Misdemeanors Turn Innocent People Into Criminals

I think that we should imagine and understand that the people in the misdemeanor system are not a “they”; they are an “us.” And that insight, to me, is the heart of the most important kind of criminal justice reform

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Marjorie Cohn: If Trump Declares a National Emergency, He’ll Be Breaking the Law

Congress refuses to enact legislation containing the nearly $6 billion that Donald Trump is demanding for an unnecessary wall on the southern US border. In response, Trump is considering whether to declare a national emergency, take money Congress has appropriated for other purposes, and divert it to build his wall. But under US law, the Read more…

Peoples Dispatch: Mumia Abu-Jamal granted a chance to appeal his case

Mumia Abu-Jamal has spent 37 years in prison after being falsely convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981

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Billy Corriher: Rick Scott leaves behind a much whiter Florida judiciary

Years of Scott appointments have resulted in a Florida judiciary that is only 6.4 percent black, though 17 percent of the state’s population is black

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Rebecca Solnit: Trump’s countless scams are finally catching up to him

The daily news drip can make it difficult to recognize the immense scale of the president’s legal troubles

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