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Entries by Saki Knafo

Meet One Of The Thousands Of Drug Offenders Hoping Obama Will Shorten Their Prison Terms

(24) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 4:08 PM

Donel Clark was working at Dallas grocery store, supporting his wife and three young sons, when he took a more lucrative job as a “cook” in a friend’s kitchen, where the main ingredient was raw cocaine and the final product was crack. In 1994, when Clark was 29, a judge...

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Hispano condenado por muerte de bebé libra la pena capital

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 12:23 PM

En el 2005, Manuel Vélez, un trabajador en el ramo de la construcción en Brownsville, Texas, se mudó con su novia, Acela Moreno. Dos semanas después, Vélez se percató de que Ángel, el bebé de Moreno, de apenas 11 meses, tenía problemas para respirar. Vélez despertó a Moreno y fue...

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Three Cities Are Trying To Keep Low-Level Offenders Out Of Jail

(6) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 4:43 PM

Jeannine Owens was afraid that her adult son was planning to set their home on fire. So she picked up the phone and dialed 911, as she’d done many times before with heartbreaking results. She’d seen the police clap her son into handcuffs and drag him off to jail, but...

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Prisoner Walks Free After Years On Texas Death Row

(66) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 6:11 PM

In 2005, Manuel Velez, a construction worker in Brownsville, Texas, moved in with his girlfriend, Acela Moreno. Two weeks later, he noticed that Moreno's 11-month-old baby, Angel, was struggling to breathe. Velez woke Moreno and went next door to get help, but by the time the rescue workers showed up,...

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NYPD 'Emasculated' Its Own Chokehold Ban, Watchdog Agency Finds

(12) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 10:16 PM

NEW YORK -- Three months after Eric Garner died at the hands of New York police while shouting, "I can't breathe," a city agency has found that chokehold complaints against the New York Police Department are on the rise.

Although the police department has banned chokeholds for more than...

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California Takes Overdue Stand Against 'Failed Drug Laws'

(28) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 6:21 PM

California lawmakers finally reformed a drug sentencing law that critics throughout the country long denounced as racist.

The California Fair Sentencing Act, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) late on Sunday evening, ensures that people who are convicted of certain offenses involving crack cocaine will no longer receive harsher punishments...

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New York Plan Misses The Whole Point Of Drug Policy Reform

(23) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 7:43 PM

Three years ago, police officers in Seattle took a chance on a radical and unprecedented approach to the city's drug problem: They stopped automatically locking up everyone arrested for drugs and, instead, began referring addicted people to social workers, who provided them with free apartments, referrals to psychiatrists...

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Those Street Dancers Bill Bratton Said The NYPD Doesn't Bother? Here They Are Getting Ticketed

(19) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 4:38 PM

NEW YORK -- New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton claimed at a packed city council meeting on Monday that the police don’t have a problem with people who dance on the streets to make a living.

Arrests of dancers who perform on the city’s subway trains have tripled...

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New Video Explains How Cops Became Soldiers

(31) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 12:40 PM

Keene, New Hampshire, population 23,000, is home to an annual pumpkin festival, a summer baseball team called the Swamp Bats -- and something called a Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck. Cullman, Alabama, population 14,000, has a military vehicle built to withstand a blast from a land mine. The...

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Nonprofit Floats Unusual Alternative To Private Prison

(81) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 10:20 AM

A group of activists in Washington, D.C., have proposed a novel solution to a problem that has affected the United States for decades: the practice of locking people up in private prisons that critics say are more concerned with making money for their shareholders than with helping lawbreakers turn their...

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Change Of Habit: How Seattle Cops Fought An Addiction To Locking Up Drug Users

(43) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 10:18 AM


Jeremy Bradford and a friend were walking through downtown Seattle one summer night in 2011, looking for a place where they could share the contents of the baggie in Bradford’s pocket, when they ran into a man who told them about a spot...

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Ferguson Police Report Raises More Questions Than It Answers

(597) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 3:50 PM

It’s been nearly two weeks since a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot and killed an unarmed teenager, but the police department has yet to offer a full account of the hazy circumstances surrounding Michael Brown’s death.

An official incident report, which the American Civil Liberties Union obtained from...

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Durbin Sparks Backlash After Praising Prison As Job-Creator

(19) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 5:58 PM

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has spoken out time and again on the floor of the Capitol in Washington about the injustice of a criminal justice system that has filled America's jails and prisons with more than 2 million people.

But at home with his constituents this week, Durbin praised the...

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It's Perfectly Legal To Film The Cops

(747) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 10:26 PM

Snapping photos of police in Ferguson, Missouri, may have gotten Huffington Post reporter Ryan J. Reilly arrested Wednesday night while he was covering protests prompted by the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was shot to death by a police officer.

Reilly and Washington Post...

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Why Bad New York Cops Can Get Away With Abuse

(213) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 7:38 AM

NEW YORK -- Two years ago, a black man named Darren Collins claimed that a New York City cop humiliated him in front of his friends in broad daylight, pulling down his pants and underwear on the street and tapping his testicles in an unlawful search for drugs.


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'It Ends Today': Eric Garner's Parting Words Become Rallying Cry At Vigil

(241) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 9:34 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Dozens of New Yorkers gathered Tuesday near where Eric Garner died for a candlelight vigil in memory of the gentle giant whose videotaped death after NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in a chokehold has sparked citywide anger.

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton also visited...

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Chokehold Death Puts New York's Controversial Police Chief Back In The Spotlight

(112) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 8:31 PM

NEW YORK -- On a freezing day this past winter, a small group of protesters gathered outside police headquarters in downtown Manhattan. They were barely noticed by the throngs of reporters who streamed through the doors of 1 Police Plaza to watch a celebrated cop be sworn in...

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White House Admits Prison Won't Solve The Drug Problem, But Drug War Grinds On

(115) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 8:35 PM

The Obama administration's drug czar admitted Wednesday that locking people up won't keep them from using drugs, but he stopped short of renouncing punitive policies that have made America's long war on drugs widely unpopular.

Michael Botticelli, head of the Obama administration’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, said in...

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Study Finds Racial Disparities In Manhattan DA's Office

(11) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 9:25 PM

A new report may shed light on why blacks and Latinos are often punished more severely than whites for the same crimes.

The study, released on Tuesday by the Vera Institute for Justice, shows that prosecutors in the office of Manhattan’s district attorney have cracked down...

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Nation's Capital Takes Next Big Step Toward Legalizing Marijuana

(9) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 3:39 PM

Thousands of residents of Washington, D.C., have signed a petition calling for the nation's capital to join Colorado and Washington state in legalizing recreational marijuana.

The petition, submitted Monday by the D.C. Cannabis Campaign to the D.C. Board of Elections, bears 58,000 signatures, more than twice the number needed...

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