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Criminal Justice

ReThink Review: Where to Invade Next -- Michael Moore's Promised Land(s)

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.12.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

While Moore's previous films utilized satire and gallows humor to show how bad things in America really are, Where to Invade Next smartly assumes you already know America's pain points and doesn't dwell on them long.

Prosecutors Are Almost Never Disciplined For Misconduct

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics

In 1994, Anthony Graves was convicted on charges of setting a fire that killed six people in south Texas. He spent the next 18 years in prison -- 12 ...

College Kids Caught With Drugs May Not Get Kicked Off Financial Aid Anymore

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For over a decade, the federal government has denied students financial aid because they have a drug conviction, a cycle that discourag...

Someone Wrote A Sketchy Guide For Evading New Rules On Prison Phone Costs

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Someone has a clever plan -- outlined in a mysterious, unsigned document -- to help prisons and jails evade Obama administration regula...

Maryland Takes Big Step Forward on Voting Rights

Tomas Lopez | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics
Tomas Lopez

Maryland's legislature today voted to override a gubernatorial veto and restored voting rights to an estimated 40,000 citizens with past criminal convictions. This is a major step forward in the effort to reform the nation's harsh and antiquated disenfranchisement laws.

If the O.J. Simpson Trial Happened in 2016

Skyler Gray | Posted 02.08.2016 | Crime
Skyler Gray

Growing up in a family of criminal defense lawyers in Los Angeles, I naturally became fascinated with the O.J. Simpson murder trial at a young age. I ...

Why the Immigration Debate Is Also a Debate About Privatization

Donald Cohen | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

As many as five million undocumented immigrants are waiting in limbo as the Supreme Court reviews challenges to President Obama's 2014 executive actions, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). But there's one group that's more than happy with the status quo.

Governor Jerry Brown's Latest Criminal Justice Reform Ballot Measure for California: Real Violence Called 'Non-Violent' Offenses

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 02.03.2016 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

In the legal lexicon, words take on meanings that are both specific and even counterintuitive. The legislators who drafted the California Penal Code knew this well and specifically defined a "violent" felony under California law.

Former Michigan Cop Sentenced In The Beating Of Black Motorist

Reuters | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.03.2016 | Black Voices

A white former suburban Detroit police officer was sentenced on Tuesday to 13 months to 10 years in prison for the beating last year of a black motor...

How Hillary Clinton Inspired a Foster Youth to Become a Lawyer

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Rep. Karen Bass

As the Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, I have time and again seen the power of positive mentorship. With encouragement and opportunity, many of the roughly 424,000 children in America's foster system go on to lead successful lives.

Victims of Human Trafficking Must Be Treated As Victims

Preston Shipp | Posted 01.29.2016 | Crime
Preston Shipp

As we commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness month, we should be especially concerned with healing victims of the kind of trauma caused by being trafficked for sex, even if those victims have acted out violently.

Bringing a More Just World into Being: Reflections on Shutting Down the Bay Bridge

Zachary Norris | Posted 01.29.2016 | Black Voices
Zachary Norris

For too long, the narrative of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life has not reflected his whole self and the radical vision he had for the world. And so on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18th, I along with 23 other people got arrested while stopping traffic on the Bay Bridge.

Justice Scalia Calls Out A Colleague For Flip-Flopping On Juvenile Justice

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

Justice Antonin Scalia didn't make it to the Supreme Court this week, but he did leave a snippy note for Justice Anthony Kennedy in a major juvenile ...

Why Yesterday Was A Huge Day For Youth Justice

Lisa Pilnik | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Lisa Pilnik

This week's developments are just part of a larger wave of reform in how communities and the justice system view and treat young people, and a growing recognition that some of our past practices and policies were ineffective.

Making Murderers

Jason Flom | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Jason Flom

The public outrage that has resulted from shows like Making a Murderer will be remembered as the tipping point when we finally decided to take seriously the need to fix the system. Change will only happen when we demand it. How many more innocent lives will be ruined before we do?

Updating Time

Stanley Ely | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Stanley Ely

I spoke on the phone to a friend in Texas. "You ought to get a copy of the current 'New Yorker' Magazine," I told him. "Your state got a good notice...

Making a Mockery

Neal Wooten | Posted 01.25.2016 | Crime
Neal Wooten

Ever since the docuseries, Making a Murderer, came out on Netflix, the internet has been abuzz. But I ignored it. When my brother called and told me t...

An Unprecedented View of America's Criminal Justice System

Donald Cohen | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

More and more Americans--including leaders from both political parties--agree that our criminal justice system is broken. There's no debate: mass incarceration is neither cost-effective for taxpayers nor safe for our communities.

Are Polygraph Exams Influencing Jury Trial Deliberations?

Adam Banner | Posted 01.20.2016 | Crime
Adam Banner

Possibly the largest problems with the polygraph, and why it has been inadmissible in most U.S. courts, is the notion that jurors give the test too much weight, particularly in light of its noted inaccuracies.

7 Terrifying Things 'Making A Murderer' Illustrates About American Justice

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics

Netflix’s gripping true crime series “Making a Murderer” explores the complex case of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who was wrongfu...

Our Judicial System: Ignoring Injustice or Colluding in It?

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 01.18.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Prosecutors have the power to prevent almost all wrongful convictions by seeking the truth, not just a conviction. If the pursuit of justice were the only goal, innocent men and women would not find themselves collateral casualties.

Obama Raises Criminal Justice Reform Stakes in State of the Union

Michael Collins | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Michael Collins

It was the big "will he or won't he" question on the minds of criminal justice reformers last night. Would Obama mention criminal justice reform in his final State of the Union?

Forging a Path to True Criminal Justice Reform in New York

JoAnne Page | Posted 01.13.2016 | New York
JoAnne Page

In 2016, our leaders in City Hall and the State Capital can take affirmative steps to reduce the number of incarcerated New Yorkers, while increasing services to those who are behind bars.

Presidential Election Year? Not For Millions of Ex-Felons

Yosha Gunasekera | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Yosha Gunasekera

Incoming Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin, set to work quickly. Through a series of executive orders, Bevin ensured that thousands of poor and minority individuals would not vote this year or potentially ever.

Paul Ryan Could Take The Easy Road On Criminal Justice Reform. He Shouldn't

David Dagan | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
David Dagan

Paul Ryan took the speakership vowing to decentralize power and re-energize House committees. It's a noble cause, but it's fair to ask that in return, the committees serve as open forums that do serious policy analysis, not just legislative sausage-making. On criminal justice, Ryan has a chance to establish that principle.