Category Archives: criminal justice

High Number of Philadelphia Police Shootings “Part of a Larger Pattern”

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-03-27/civil-rights/high-number-of-philadelphia-police-shootings-part-of-a-larger-pattern/a45386-1 March 27, 2015 – Dan Heyman, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window HARRISBURG, Pa. – A Justice Department report that found a high number of shootings by Philadelphia police confirms what critics have been … Continue reading

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Picking Cotton: How an Innocent Man Got a Life Sentence—March 24, Aston

Best-selling author comes to Newmann University on March 24 She was raped. She identified her attacker. She was wrong. Jennifer Thompson was a 22-year-old college senior in 1984 when she was brutally raped in her apartment. As the attacker held a … Continue reading

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Racial Differences in Drug Arrest Rates Cannot Be Explained by Drug Offending or Community Contexts

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): In “Race Differences in Drug Offending and Drug Distribution Arrests,” published in Crime & Delinquency, Ojmarrh Mitchell and Michael Caudy evaluate three prominent explanations for racial and ethnic disparities in drug arrests: differences in the … Continue reading

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Girls in the School-to-Prison Pipeline

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): Compendium of Suspension Trends for Grades K-12 A new report from the Civil Rights Project at University of California, Los Angeles examines national trends in the 3.5 million public school suspensions during the 2011-2012 school … Continue reading

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Food and Justice: Nutrition for Children, Families and People Who Are Incarcerated—May 30, Philadelphia

From Bread for the World (http://www.bread.org): Mark your calendars! A day-long event focused on education and advocacy on child nutrition reauthorization and food issues affecting prisoners, their families, and returning citizens who are leaving prison, as well as low-income communities … Continue reading

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Why Congress Should Pass the REDEEM Act

Posted at http://talkpoverty.org/2015/03/11/congress-pass-redeem-act by Rebecca Vallas Posted on March 11, 2015 at 11:32 am Updated: March 13, 2015 at 10:42 am At a time of historic polarization in Washington, one issue has garnered strong bipartisan support: criminal justice reform. Exhibit A is the list … Continue reading

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NRCAT Calls for Further Action Following a New Report on Solitary Confinement in the Federal Bureau of Prisons

From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (http://www.nrcat.org): WASHINGTON, D.C. –The National Religious Campaign Against Torture has long been committed to ending long-term solitary confinement in the nation’s prisons and jails, motivated by the moral objections to the practice from … Continue reading

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Mass Incarceration Has Been a Costly and Utter Failure: Report

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/13/mass-incarceration-has-been-costly-and-utter-failure-report Published on Friday, February 13, 2015 by Common Dreams Despite evidence pointing to ineffectiveness of harsh penalties, ‘lawmakers are slow to take action and public outrage is largely absent,’ writes Dr. Joseph Stiglitz by Nadia Prupis, staff writer … Continue reading

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Jails Have Become Warehouses for the Poor, Ill and Addicted, a Report Says

New York Times By Timothy Williams Feb. 11, 2015 Jails across the country have become vast warehouses made up primarily of people too poor to post bail or too ill with mental health or drug problems to adequately care for themselves, … Continue reading

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We Must Give Americans with Criminal Records a Fair Shot

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): The United States is the global leader (PDF) in incarceration. Today, more than 2.2 million (PDF) Americans are behind bars in state and federal prisons and jails, a figure that has increased more than fourfold … Continue reading

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