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C. Nicole Mason

Protecting The Good Brother: On Nate Parker And The Good Black Men (And Women) Who Defend Him

C. Nicole Mason | August 26, 2016 | Black Voices
On the proverbial eve of the release of the highly anticipated Birth of a Nation, it seems as if Nate Parker's once bright star is about to be extinguished, or at least dimmed by decades old rape allegations--and it should be.
Adam Banner

Oklahoma Continues Use Of Controversial ERAD Tool for "Highway Robbery" In Civil Asset Forfeiture Cases

Adam Banner | August 26, 2016 | Crime
Although Oklahoma is the state making headlines in this area, the Institute of Justice graded 31 states at D or lower, with only one state, New Mexico, making above a B+. Everyone concerned with their constitutional rights needs to be concerned with the technology used to destroy them.
Demetria Lucas D'Oyley

Why I Just Can't Support 'The Birth Of A Nation'

Demetria Lucas D'Oyley | August 28, 2016 | Black Voices
I am withholding my support for Parker because I have to, not because I want to. Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of women who are up in arms about Parker, myself included, take no joy in it.
Russ Warner

How To Spot A Liar

Russ Warner | August 24, 2016 | Crime
While the tips given here may help you discern some lies from truth, it is in no way a failsafe method to detect deception in others. In fact, studies show that most people can spot a liar 54% of the time. You might as well flip a coin.
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Creating Change: Lessons From A Private-Prison Victory

Richard (RJ) Eskow | August 25, 2016 | Politics
Sometimes you win. That can be an unfamiliar sensation for people on the left. When you fight for good causes against powerful forces and overwhelming odds, you lose a lot of battles.
The Conversation US

Who Dies In Police Custody? Texas, California Offer New Tools To Find Out

The Conversation US | August 24, 2016 | Crime
Reliable information on deaths that occur during arrests and while in jail and prison is important. Such data allow us to identify problems in the criminal justice system and come up with solutions based on evidence. It also provides greater transparency and accountability, and ultimately can help gain communities' trust.
Christopher Zoukis

Court Rules Against Seizure Of Prisoner's Wiccan Medallion

Christopher Zoukis | August 24, 2016 | Crime
A three-judge panel of the federal appeals court in Chicago has blocked an Illinois prison warden's confiscation of a small pentacle (a five-pointed state within a circle) medallion worn by an inmate as a symbol of his Wiccan faith.
Kris Hermes

John Timoney's True Legacy Is Today's Enduring And Repressive Model For Policing Political Dissent

Kris Hermes | August 24, 2016 | Politics
One may attempt to eulogize Timoney as a "good cop," but there is no question he was fervently opposed to free speech, most especially when used in the struggle for social change.
Ronnie C. Rouse

Police In America: Friend Or Foe?

Ronnie C. Rouse | August 26, 2016 | Impact
We are members of a broken system that needs to be learned from, reviewed and renewed. A lot of people have the unfortunate burden of not understanding the importance of this until it happens to them. Because in reality, it can happen to you.
Paul Steven Stone

CONNECTING THE DOTS. The Frightening Underbelly Of The 2016 Presidential Election.

Paul Steven Stone | August 23, 2016 | Crime
WHAT IF... Over the last four years there has been a plan in place to subvert American democracy ... A plan whose total aim was the election of Hillary Clinton to the Presidency of the United States. A plan that became a conspiracy as the Clintons gained influence or control...
Robert Greenwald

You Can Stop Facebook's Murder Market

Robert Greenwald | August 23, 2016 | Politics
We should shut down all private sales, period.
Donald Cohen

The DOJ's Decision To Stop Using Private Prisons Is Just The First Step

Donald Cohen | August 23, 2016 | Politics
Last week was a turning point. The U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) announcement that it will wind down its use of private prisons is a major step in the struggle to end for-profit incarceration in America.
OpenSecrets Blog

Spotlight On Private Prisons: Lobbying And Otherwise

OpenSecrets Blog | August 23, 2016 | Politics
Federal private prisons are coming to an end, but federal lobbying by private prison companies has a deep record.
Joel Cohen

Lying To The Law: The Lochte Lesson

Joel Cohen | August 25, 2016 | Sports
The dust has now begun to settle.  And there’s no great news: Ryan Lochte is a juvenile. Maybe, despite his six golds, he was depressed seeing himself as second fiddle to Michael Phelps, and wanted to lap him in the public eye ― albeit not in a pool. Maybe too...
Richard North Patterson

No Time For Trump: Killing Off The Death Penalty

Richard North Patterson | August 23, 2016 | Politics
In crucial areas of the law, much may depend on who takes Antonin Scalia's place. Including whether America, like Yemen or North Korea, continues to execute the innocent.
Neal Rodriguez

Over Half A Million People Arrested In California For Marijuana In The Last Decade

Neal Rodriguez | August 22, 2016 | Politics
It is argued that legalization will reduce the amount of arrests for marijuana-related charges. That means less people will miss work, lose a job, have an arrest on their record, or restrict their chances of leading a productive life due to a victimless act that shouldn't be considered a crime.
Anthony Papa

Preppi Killer Robert Chambers Case Revisted on 48 Hours

Anthony Papa | August 23, 2016 | Crime
One of the vilest murders ever committed in New York City was revisited this week on CBS 48 hours. The case of the death of Jennifer Levin was examined on its 30th anniversary questioning once again her death and how could her killer Robert Chambers get...
Arthur Rizer

Police Violence: The Symptoms Of Deeper Societal Issues?

Arthur Rizer | August 21, 2016 | Crime
By Arthur Rizer and Bardia Bastin The rash of police-on-civilian and civilian-on-police violence has once again brought to a boil the question of why a nation founded on the very idea of limited government power is so tolerant when the government exercises power in the most...
James Zogby

Khalid Jabara: Victim Of Hate And Negligence

James Zogby | August 20, 2016 | Politics
Nothing will bring back Khalid, and nothing can ease the pain of loss endured by the Jabara family. Majors must pay for his crime. But that is not enough. We must work together as a nation to demand zero tolerance for those who feed the hate that emboldens sick minds to commit murder.
Jeffrey Sterling

Why I Still Have Hope In The American Dream That Failed Me

Jeffrey Sterling | August 19, 2016 | Black Voices
I am now in prison, and like so many other black bodies, I have been systematically removed from the American collective.
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