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The Gated Community Mentality

The Gated Community Mentality | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Trayvon Martin’s supporters declare “We are all Trayvon,” but to what extent is the United States also all George Zimmerman?
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Study: Prosecutors Did Not Face Discipline for Misconduct in Cases

Study: Prosecutors Did Not Face Discipline for Misconduct in Cases | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Innocence Project data to be released today shows that in 91 Texas cases of prosecutorial misconduct, prosecutors faced no discipline.
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Texas accuses anti-death penalty charity Reprieve of fomenting violence

Texas accuses anti-death penalty charity Reprieve of fomenting violence | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Texas, America's most prolific practitioner of the death penalty, has launched an extraordinary attack on the international anti-death penalty charity Reprieve, accusing it of intimidating and harassing drug companies and likening the group to violent prison gangs responsible for the eruption of prison riots.

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Drug War Nightmare: How We Created a Massive Racial Caste System in America | | AlterNet

Drug War Nightmare: How We Created a Massive Racial Caste System in America | | AlterNet | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

In the “era of colorblindness” there’s a nearly fanatical desire to cling to the myth that we as a nation have “moved beyond” race. Here are a few facts that run counter to that triumphant racial narrative:

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Religion in Prisons: A 50-State Survey of Prison Chaplains

Religion in Prisons: A 50-State Survey of Prison Chaplains | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
According to a survey of professional prison chaplains, America’s state penitentiaries are a bustle of religious activity. Chaplains say that efforts by inmates to convert other inmates are common and that at least some religious switching occurs.
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In Sean Bell Killing, 4 Officers to Be Forced Out

In Sean Bell Killing, 4 Officers to Be Forced Out | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
A ruling to fire a detective for his role in the killing of Sean Bell in Queens is upheld, and three other officers will be forced to resign.

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Why black people don't trust the police

Why black people don't trust the police | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
LZ Granderson says the way police have mishandled the Trayvon Martin killing shows less interest in learning the truth and more interest in covering up.
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BOOK REVIEW: 'The Night Dad Went to Jail'

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Night Dad Went to Jail' | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Interacting with the criminal justice system can be confusing and frightening, especially for a prisoner’s child. Unable to understand what’s going on, they may feel great fear, insecurity, anger, or even guilt.

 

The Night Dad Went to Jail: What to Expect When Someone You Loves Goes to Jail, is an illustrated children’s book intended to make the experience of a parent’s incarceration a little less frightening.


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Do Juvenile Killers Deserve Life Behind Bars? : NPR

Do Juvenile Killers Deserve Life Behind Bars? : NPR | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in two homicide cases testing whether it is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a 14-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Schoolhouse/Jailhouse

For more than ten years now, scholars, activists, educators, juvenile justice personnel and parents have been discussing the so-called School to Prison Pipeline All this discussion has not produced meaningful policy changes that result in the lessening of the flow of youth of color from schools into legal systems.

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Black Kids and Skittles: A Deadly Combination

Probable cause? Zimmerman’s own story and actions are probable cause. He’s not a police officer. Martin didn’t fit the description of some baby-faced serial killer. That’s the problem with Urban Cowboy justice.
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Trayvon Martin: Trayvon Martin would be alive if Neighborhood Watch rules followed

Trayvon Martin: Trayvon Martin would be alive if Neighborhood Watch rules followed | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

If George Zimmerman didn't break every rule in the book when it comes to Neighborhood Watch programs, he came close. Zimmerman called Sanford police on Feb. 26, a rainy Sunday evening, to report a suspicious person inside his neighborhood near Seminole Towne Center. [via @UsaSlumdog]

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The Top 10 Most Startling Facts About People of Color and Criminal Justice in the United States

The Top 10 Most Startling Facts About People of Color and Criminal Justice in the United States | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Today people of color continue to be disproportionately incarcerated, policed, and sentenced to death at significantly higher rates than their white counterparts. Further, racial disparities in the criminal-justice system threaten communities of color—disenfranchising thousands by limiting voting rights and denying equal access to employment, housing, public benefits, and education to millions more. [via @prisonculture]

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Report: 2,500 serving life for crimes committed as children

Report: 2,500 serving life for crimes committed as children | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

With the Land of the Free far out of step with the rest of the world, wonder over our criminal justice policies is not uncommon internationally, but nowhere moreso than regarding our treatment of juveniles. We are the only country in the world who condemns juveniles to spend their entire life behind bars for crimes committed as children.

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Racial Profiling Is Alive and Well

Racial Profiling Is Alive and Well | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

It is unfair to assume that administrators in the criminal justice systems (particularly the police agencies) have overlooked the issue of cultural diversity and moral education.... Then the question we need to ask: Why moral education has not reduced racial profiling and other biased practices by police?

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Infographic: The Last Words: Texas Death Row Inmates' Final Statements

Infographic: The Last Words: Texas Death Row Inmates' Final Statements | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

On its website, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice prints every offender's last statement, which contain expressions of love, prayer, apology, defiance, confession, and silence. Taken together, they comprise a heartbreaking snapshot of nearly 300 lives lost.

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Black fathers and sons behind bars together: How common is it?

Black fathers and sons behind bars together: How common is it? | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
 Has the high rate of black male incarceration has lead to a phenomenon of father-son reunions that are fostered by the penal system?...
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Family Of Ramarley Graham, Unarmed Black Teen Killed By NYPD, Rallies For Justice In The Bronx (PHOTOS)

Family Of Ramarley Graham, Unarmed Black Teen Killed By NYPD, Rallies For Justice In The Bronx (PHOTOS) | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

The family of Ramarley Graham, the unarmed Bronx 18-year-old shot and killed by an NYPD officer in February, says they will hold rallies and marches every Thursday for 18 weeks to demand justice, CBS reports. [via @TeacherC @RyanNewYork]

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President Obama/Black Politicians, Yes Have Reinvented the Negro.

President Obama/Black Politicians, Yes Have Reinvented the Negro. | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Just as slavery, Jim Crow and today’s focus on mass incarceration operates within the context of a system of institutions, policies and laws that function in concert to subordinate and disenfranchise a select group of folk defined mostly on race. [via @UsaSlumdog]

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Study finds juvenile offenders cope better with families closer to detention ... - Killeen Daily Herald

Study finds juvenile offenders cope better with families closer to detention ... - Killeen Daily Herald | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Study finds juvenile offenders cope better with families closer to detention ...Killeen Daily HeraldBy Philip Jankowski A recent study about Texas juveniles in a state detention center showed the youths responded better when they were closer to...
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Is It Just Another Tuesday?

Is It Just Another Tuesday? | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

We must stand up and be heard, demand that we, as a nation, develop a culture of understanding and compassion for all, especially our youth, many of whom grow up in poverty and dysfunction without the support of a healthy, stable family and effective, nurturing educational system. I have seen time and again, young people who were born into abusive circumstances and forced to develop unhealthy survival mechanisms, turn their lives around to become productive members of society. Don't we all deserve that chance? Aren't we all enhanced, our lives made bigger and more meaningful, when we reach out to support those who may need a helping hand in their greatest hour of need?


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Ex-Prisoners Say Life Term Is Cruel for Teens, As Case Hits High Court

Ex-Prisoners Say Life Term Is Cruel for Teens, As Case Hits High Court | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Is it cruel and unusual punishment to get life in prison at 14 years old? Sandra McElwaine reports.

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How Can America Condemn Children to Die in Prison?

How Can America Condemn Children to Die in Prison? | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
On March 20, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments that ask whether it's ever constitutional to condemn a child to spend the rest of their life in prison.
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Realignment California Prison Industrial Complex

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Realignment California Prison Industrial Complex - solutions California will use to reduce the number of inmates in the state’s 33 prisons.

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Inmate Labor Used In Alabama Primary Election

Inmate Labor Used In Alabama Primary Election | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
TV images are searing reminder of disproportionate disenfranchisement of African American felons...
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