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Katrina: Why Legal Advocates Are Crucial for Victims of Disaster

Chiraag Bains | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics
Chiraag Bains

Ten years after people were left to fend for themselves post-Katrina, we should all agree that inability to pay cannot mean inability to secure justice. Agreement on this principle, however, is not enough.

DOJ Cracks Down On Puerto Rico Over Financial Mismanagement

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 08.19.2015 | Latino Voices

The Department of Justice is tightening the flow of federal money to a slew of Puerto Rican government agencies after a preliminary audit turned up i...

Friday Talking Points -- GOP Debates, Round One

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Well, that was entertaining, wasn't it? We refer, of course, to the grand spectacle of the first Republican presidential debates, held last night on Fox News. Since this is all anyone's talking about in the political world today, we are going to follow suit and devote most of this column to our reactions.

DOJ Launches Website To Advise Colleges On Sexual Assault

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.06.2015 | College

The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women unveiled a new website Wednesday aiming to help guide colleges on how to address sexu...

Make Criminal Justice Reform a Key Issue in 2016

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

The state of our criminal justice system is simply so bad, the political climate for change so good, that it would be an epic desertion of our civic duties -- and of the pressure we as voters possess -- to let the 2016 election slip by without electoral promises of far-reaching reform. Which is why criminal justice must be a key issue for 2016 voters.

Pell Grant Myth Busters: Why Pell in Prisons Isn't as Controversial as You Think

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Rev. Vivian Nixon

After reading several articles surrounding the Pell ESI announcement, and their accompanying reader comments, it is abundantly clear that many are misinformed about Pell Grants and the extent to which incarcerated Americans use the funds to pay for college.

Republican Illegal Immigration Policy Will Increase Crime

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

If we hope to prevent violent crime in the US, we cannot constantly blame our problems on newcomers to our nation.

Loretta Lynch: Sandra Bland Case Highlights 'Frustration' With Police

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 07.26.2015 | Politics

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DOJ Watchdog Says New Opinion Prevents Him From Doing His Job

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice watchdog says a new opinion issued by the DOJ's legal office "undermines" the watchdog's independence and will...

Sandra Bland's Death is a Mystery

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

Sandra Bland could've been any of us. Sadly, her name is being added to a growing list of blacks dying before their time, and the destruction of black lives must come to an end.

Journalists Want Transparency, But Not Right Away

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

It didn't take long for journalists to criticize the flaw -- for them -- in the federal government's new pilot program on making public all ...

Kate Sheppard

DOJ Announces $18.7 Billion Settlement With BP Over Gulf Spill

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal government and Gulf Coast states have reached an $18.7 billion settlement agreement with the oil company BP for the 2010 Dee...

Police and Prosecutors Still Foot Drag On Hate Crimes

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The slaying of nine innocents at the Emmanuel AME church almost certainly will be classified as and prosecuted as a racially motivated hate crime. It is simply too shocking not to treat it as such. However, this will still be the rare exception.

Jessica Schulberg

Muslim Congressmen Call On Obama Administration To Investigate Armed Rally At Phoenix Mosque

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and André Carson (D-Ind.) sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Thursday requesting a Justic...

Daniel Marans

Patriot Act That Dennis Hastert Passed Led To His Indictment

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

On Oct. 24, 2001, then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) shepherded the Patriot Act through the House of Representatives. It passed 357 to 66, ...

The Cleveland Police Department and the Consent Decree

Cheryl Dorsey | Posted 05.28.2015 | Black Voices
Cheryl Dorsey

Nearly six months after the murder of Tamir Rice, Officer Loehmann has yet to be interviewed regarding the incident. I guess the "culture change" has resulted in "less secrecy" -- not. Chief Williams, why hasn't Loehmann been interviewed?

Ryan J. Reilly

Cleveland Police Agree To Rein In Force Under Justice Department Agreement

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The city of Cleveland has reached an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department intended to rein in the use of force by officers in a po...

Criminalizing Poverty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

"Held captive." It was how one 13-year-old described the feeling of growing up poor in our wealthy nation, and for more and more Americans living in poverty, this feeling isn't just a metaphor.

Justice Department Launches Civil Rights Probe Of Baltimore Police

Reuters | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Friday launched an investigation into the Baltimore police department...

Paige Lavender

Baltimore Mayor Seeks Help From Justice Department To Reform City's Police

HuffingtonPost.com | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Wednesday she is seeking help from the Department of Justice to reform the Baltimore City Police De...

Loretta Lynch Promises Police Reform In Baltimore

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

(Adds quotes and details from attorney general and Baltimore mayor) BALTIMORE, May 5 (Reuters) - New U.S. Attorney General Loretta Ly...

But They Don't Count, or Do They?

Gerald Landsberg | Posted 06.21.2015 | New York
Gerald Landsberg

That the Justice Department database does not include information on police killings makes it much harder for advocates to fight for change effectively. Those who are not counted should be counted so an accurate number of police killings is available.

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Chief Michele Leonhart To Resign Amid 'Sex Party' Scandal, Policy Disagreements

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The embattled head of the Drug Enforcement Administration will resign next month, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday. D...

Ryan J. Reilly

These 7 Drug Dealers Were Caught Red-Handed. Instead Of Jail, They Get A Second Chance.

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

CONWAY, S.C. -- Antonio was “surprised.” Dai was “shocked.” Michael said it was “crazy.” When the three men and four others walked into th...

Ryan J. Reilly

None Of The Agents Involved In DEA 'Sex Parties' Were Fired. Some Even Got Promoted.

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration defended herself on Tuesday against charges by skeptical members of Congress that the DE...