Category: Law, Crime, & Justice

Judith Coburn: America’s Criminal Injustice System

The Annals of a Private Eye

Bakari Kitwana: Arresting Development

What all of these activists have in common is that they are first-time offenders facing serious charges—and they have all been on the frontlines of direct-action protests in their own communities

Gauri Reddy: Government Fears Chelsea Manning Disclosures May Lead to Indictments for War Crimes

28-year-old whistleblower, Private Chelsea Manning, currently serving a 35 year sentence at Kansas’ Fort Leavenworth, tried to kill herself on July 5.  As a result of her suicide attempt, she now faces further punishment including possible indefinite solitary confinement. Manning, who was first taken into custody in 2010 had already been subjected to solitary confinement for 9 Read more…

Chase Strangio: Chelsea Manning Faces Indefinite Solitary Confinement & Extra Prison Time After Suicide Attempt

The perils and the damages of being forced to be punished through the denial of your core identity is something that has led to her depression

Donna Murch: Paying for Punishment

One of the enduring lessons from past struggle for social change is that where there is the greatest suffering, there is also the most creative and insightful response

David H. Gans: How Scalia Made It Difficult to Bring Cases to Court

The late Supreme Court justice wrote a number of opinions that limited the ability of racial minorities, victims of police misconduct, and others to vindicate their constitutional rights

Frida Berrigan: “Pow, Pow, Yous Are Dead!”

Children, Toy Guns, and the Real Thing

Matt Ford: Wisconsin’s Voting Laws Struck Down

A federal judge ruled Friday the state’s voter-ID law and other restrictions violated the Constitution

David Morris: The Next President Will Likely Appoint 4 Supreme Court Justices: Which President Do You Want Picking Them?

This election is all about the Supreme Court that will shape our lives for the next 30 years

Juan Cole: The most Left Wing Supreme Court in a Generation? Sec. Clinton’s most important Progressive Prospect

Progressives who had backed Bernie Sanders are understandably upset about the prospect of a Clinton presidency. Some put their hopes in the Democratic Party platform, where Bernie supporters won on issues like a $15 minimum wage. But party platforms don’t mean much in the end. It is likely that if she wins the presidency, the Read more…

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