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Life On the List

Life On the List | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

A single mistake when he was 12 landed Josh Gravens on Texas’ sex offender list. He’s been paying for it ever since....

 

As of March, Texas listed 4,784 offenders who were 16 or younger at the time of their offense. Twenty-eight of those on the sex offender registry are still children. And unlike their peers who commit assault or even murder, these adolescents’ crimes will follow them into adulthood....

 

These children are also not generally being convicted of the crimes people associate with sex offenders, like rape. Almost two-thirds of offenses were for fondling or non-forcible offenses like sharing pornography. But they all are sex offenders under the law.

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Education vs. Incarceration

Education vs. Incarceration | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Using Philadelphia as an example, this graphic compares the cost, both financial and societal, of education and incarceration. [via @prisonculture]

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The case for clemency: Pardon power too-long ignored among constitutional checks and balances

It's been a long time since this country has engaged in a serious discussion regarding the importance of constitutional clemency authority vested in the executive branch, at least unless you count the tired, Willie-Horton-esque "gotcha" coverage faced by the few governors and presidents who dare exercise their pardon power (usually timidly, and only as lame ducks). Of all the checks and balances envisioned in the Constitution by the framers, arguably none have become more atrophied from disuse or degraded from bipartisan scorn than the pardon power.

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Incompetent defendants may wait decades pretrial with no rights, options

Incompetent defendants may wait decades pretrial with no rights, options | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Advocates say some long-term patients might not belong at all. Last September, Disability Rights Texas, a watchdog organization federally authorized to investigate state mental health facilities, won release of a man who'd been arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and sent to a state hospital to have his competency restored. The law says such patients can stay no longer than the maximum criminal penalty they're facing — two years, in this case. By last year, the man had been a state hospital resident for closer to eight, said Beth Mitchell, the organization's attorney.

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Trends in Lowering the Age of Criminal Responsibility

Trends in Lowering the Age of Criminal Responsibility | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
One of the most contentious issues in juvenile justice policy is determining the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR). There is a large variation around the world on what the appropriate age is, and even within ...
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Letters From Death Row: Brett Hartmann, Ohio Inmate 357-869

Letters From Death Row: Brett Hartmann, Ohio Inmate 357-869 | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, I sent letters to every American death row inmate scheduled for execution this year. I asked them about their own survival prospects, their day-to-day lives, and their thoughts on America, its media, and its justice system.
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Police Handcuffing 7-Year-Olds? The Brutality Unleashed on Kids With Disabilities in Our School Systems

Police Handcuffing 7-Year-Olds? The Brutality Unleashed on Kids With Disabilities in Our School Systems | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
As school budgets are cut, disabled students are being handed over to police for behavioral infractions -- and handcuffs are just the beginning of what they're forced to endure.
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The Militarization of the Police

"The political term for this is "impunity;" "impunity" names a hyper-political context in which the act (police shoots man) stands above both the police and the legal prohibition against murder. It is characteristic of military operations, and armies of occupation. And in urban areas, a form of militarization of police practices has taken place through an increasing deployment of technology, rhetoric, and tactics germaine to the military. Between traditional administration and new technologies of assault, the hyper-political space of impunity opens, transforming the organization of the judiciary, and society as a whole."

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Grandmother Elisa Castillo Receives Life In Prison For First Time Drug Offense

Grandmother Elisa Castillo Receives Life In Prison For First Time Drug Offense | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Elisa Castillo is 56 years old and has never been convicted of a crime.
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Louisiana: A rare state that looks enviously at Texas overincarceration

Louisiana: A rare state that looks enviously at Texas overincarceration | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

 There are only a handful of states that could look at Texas' incarceration rates and say "Wow, I wish we were that low." According to the Times-Picayune's data, Texas' incarceration rate (prisoners per 100,000 population) currently ranks fourth nationally, tied with Alabama behind Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma. Call it the Incarceration Belt.

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Free Marissa Alexander: The Failure of Black Leadership and the Challenge of This Generation

Free Marissa Alexander: The Failure of Black Leadership and the Challenge of This Generation | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Right now in Florida there is a person serving a 20 year sentence that claimed the controversial Stand Your Ground law as defense. No, I am not referring to George Zimmerman, who is yet to stand trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin, who remained free without charge until a national outcry erupted. I am talking about Marissa Alexander, African American mother of three. Her crime? Discharging a warning shot into the wall in her home that killed or wounded no one with a gun she had a license to own and use.

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16 and Solitary: Texas Jails Isolate Children - ACLU of Texas

16 and Solitary: Texas Jails Isolate Children - ACLU of Texas | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
The report notes that the practice of isolating youth arises from the fact that youth in adult facilities face the near-constant threat of physical and sexual assault by older prisoners. As a result, corrections officials place youth in ...
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The Stunning Geography of Incarceration

The Stunning Geography of Incarceration | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

There are 5,393 carceral facilities in the United States, places where people are held in local jails, state prisons, federal corrections facilities, immigration detention centers – “anywhere where an individual can be sort of confined and locked up,” explains Josh Begley, “and, in some of the bigger instances, warehoused in one place.” [via @prisonculture]

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Can A Man Recover From False Rape Allegations?

Can A Man Recover From False Rape Allegations? | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Wanetta Gibson falsely accused Brian Banks of rape. Years later she confessed it was all a lie after he served time in jail.
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Unsafe Behind Bars

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Long-delayed mandatory rape prevention policies from the Justice Department should help curb the epidemic of sexual assaults.

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Texas honor student thrown in jail for missing school 

Texas honor student thrown in jail for missing school  | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
A 17-year-old high school student working two jobs to support her siblings, while juggling college-level classes, spent 24 hours in jail this week for missing too much school, KHOU 11 News reported.
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When courts pretend it's not about race

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The United States has a dignity problem. The concept of dignity is recognized by law in countries all over the world. [via @UsaSlumdog]

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Stanford psychologists examine how race affects juvenile sentencing

The black-offender group also rated juvenile offenders as more similar to adults in their culpability than did respondents in the white-offender group. "Race is shifting how they are thinking about juveniles," Eberhardt said.
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Meet the Exonerated

Meet the Exonerated | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
The next time you see an exoneree take his first steps to freedom, look past their smiles. Get pissed. Get involved. Make a difference.

Via Wendy Jason
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Racial Composition of Jury Pool Strongly Affects Probability of Convicting Black Defendants

Racial Composition of Jury Pool Strongly Affects Probability of Convicting Black Defendants | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

A new study conducted by researchers at Duke University found that the racial composition of jury pools has a profound effect on the probability of a black defendant being convicted. According to the study led by Professor Patrick Bayer of Duke, juries formed from all-white jury pools in Florida convicted black defendants 16 percent more often than white defendants.

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What Started a Mississippi Prison Riot? Depends on Who You Ask - COLORLINES

What Started a Mississippi Prison Riot? Depends on Who You Ask - COLORLINES | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
A Mississippi jail is on lockdown today after a Sunday night riot left one prison guard dead and as many as 20 inmates and guards injured. According to sheriff’s reports, the violence began as a gang feud and soon engulfed the privately operated facility, which holds 2,500 non-citizens incarcerated for reentering the United States after deportation and for other charges. But the fragments of information that have emerged from inmates and advocates suggest that the violence had more to do with a pattern of abuse and neglect that has emerged at privately run, for-profit prisons.

Via Wendy Jason
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Innocent, but broke

Innocent, but broke | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Glen Chapman was exonerated from death row in 2008. Why hasn't he received the $750K he deserves in compensation?
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Study: Half Of Wrongly Accused Prisoners Are Black

Study: Half Of Wrongly Accused Prisoners Are Black | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

A new registry compiled by two major universities reveals that more than 2,000 prisoners were incorrectly imprisoned for serious crimes since 1989. After perusing the registry, it has been uncovered that more than half of the newly exonerated prisoners were African American. [via @BlackYouthProj]

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Scandal in Lock Down Mode: Rick Perry and the Texas Youth Commission 1/3 | Nomadic Politics

Scandal in Lock Down Mode: Rick Perry and the Texas Youth Commission 1/3 | Nomadic Politics | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

If children, as a group, make ideal targets for predatory abusers and exploiters, then incarcerated juveniles undoubtedly make the easiest of that targeted prey. Subject to manipulation and intimidation, with limited access to legal recourse or independent monitoring and underrepresented in the political system, these children are easily forgotten by the public. The pleas from juvenile inmates generally go unheard. The very real threat of retribution by the authorities is sufficient to prevent any victims from coming forward. [via @ANomadicView]

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