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When Innocence Isn’t Enough

When Innocence Isn’t Enough | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Once a person has been convicted, even on unimaginably shaky grounds, an almost inexorable process — one that ends in execution — is set in motion.  [via @PrisonReformMvt]

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A Closer Look at Ray Kelly’s Multi-Billion Dollar Army of Spies - COLORLINES

A Closer Look at Ray Kelly’s Multi-Billion Dollar Army of Spies - COLORLINES | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
New York Police Department has argued that it’s spending billions to spy on Muslim Americans in order to foil terror plots. That assertion simply doesn’t hold up against the few facts they’ve been willing to share.
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Kitchener dad arrested at school after daughter draws picture of gun

Kitchener dad arrested at school after daughter draws picture of gun | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
A Kitchener father is angry at police after he was arrested at his child’s school and later strip-searched at the police station, all because his 4-year-old daughter drew a picture of a gun in class...

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Lindsey Giacomelli's comment, December 10, 2012 4:11 AM
Holy cow! Is this real. I feel like this is a total violations of this guys rights. It seems like kids around this same age start playing "gun fights" and what not. I would understand sort of if social services went to his house to make sure guns were in a safe place but arresting him and strip searching him is wrong. They had no reasonable proof that he had a gun on him, let alone are second amendment right gives us the right to bear arms. When I was that age, I hadn't shot a gun yet, but I knew what they looked like, what they were used for, and that they were dangerous.
Jesse Morris's comment, December 12, 2012 8:29 AM
Well, certainly it is something to be concerned about, four year olds drawing guns and what not, but the police and the school went way overboard on this one. The obvious thing to do would be to pull the child aside and ask her some questions and then inquire of the father about what the child said. Then take it from their, however a doodle on a paper does not mean time in jail....that's just ridiculous.
Madeleine M-Stanley's comment, December 14, 2012 5:12 AM
This is an excellent example of how norms can vary in different regions. If a child here in Alaska drew a picture of their father holding a gun, nobody would assume the child was in danger. I understand that there must be efforts made to ensure that children do not have access to firearms for their safety and the safety of others; however, strip searching a father and interrogating his three children without any attempts to discuss the matter with him first is more than a little outrageous. I understand that there is a different perception of guns in other places, but education about gun safety is something is something that can reduce irrational fear about the presence of guns and provide a safer environment for everyone involved.
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Our Black History Month Series: Remembering Troy Davis

Our Black History Month Series: Remembering Troy Davis | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Troy Davis captured our hearts and minds. Once just one of the more than 1,300 Black people on death row, Davis' case had drawn both grassroots support and the attention of noted political and religious leaders in recent years because of the many...
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Will Racial Harassment by Police Ever End?

Will Racial Harassment by Police Ever End? | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Consider this: Eighty-seven percent of those stopped in 2011 were African-American or Latino, and nine out of 10 persons stopped were not arrested, nor did they even receive tickets or citations.  [via @UsaSlumdog]

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Grits for Breakfast: 'Review' of death penalty doesn't diminish public demand for blood sacrifice

Grits for Breakfast: 'Review' of death penalty doesn't diminish public demand for blood sacrifice | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

"I don't care how much you "review" the death penalty, the Texas public overwhelmingly supports it, even if it turns out the state has executed an innocent person. My boss Jeff Blackburn has called the death penalty Texas' "state religion," and in many ways I think that captures it: For the public, it's important for the same reasons the Aztecs valued ritual blood sacrifice."

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Ex-inmate on controversial prison: ‘Tamms never leaves my head’ - Joliet Herald News

Ex-inmate on controversial prison: ‘Tamms never leaves my head’ - Joliet Herald News | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Gov. Pat Quinn’s call to close the super-maximum security prison at Tamms has upset advocates who call it a “safety valve” that segregates dangerous inmates from the rest of the state’s prison population.
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Behind Bars and Beginning to Forget

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Todd Heisler spent four days photographing the members of a unique program at the California Men's Colony that pairs inmates with dementia with caretakers - other inmates.
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Strip-Searching Kids? 6 Shocking Ways Our Schools Treat Students Like Criminals

Strip-Searching Kids? 6 Shocking Ways Our Schools Treat Students Like Criminals | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Instances of nonviolent youth treated like criminals -- strip-searched or shackled for minor infractions -- shed light on a widespread problem in America's schools.
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WriteAPrisoner.com - Top Ten Ways To Reduce Recidivism

WriteAPrisoner.com - Top Ten Ways To Reduce Recidivism | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Here is a Top 10 list of suggestions. Some are proactive – what to do before they are released. Others fall into a maintenance approach – how to help them build productive, crime-free lives once released. But all are easy to implement, and together, we can reduce recidivism one letter and one inmate at a time!

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Scott Olsen: Casualty of the Occupation

Scott Olsen: Casualty of the Occupation | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
He was a Marine who survived two tours of Iraq, but it was the Oakland police who almost killed him...
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Affirmative Action on Death Row

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"Affirmative action”. These two words remain a verifiable powder keg because they bring the history of race in America to the present.
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Orange County teen is missing after release from jail

Orange County teen is missing after release from jail | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
A mentally ill Orange County teen who "aged out" of treatment programs last year and went off his medication during a 60-day jail stay has been missing since his predawn release nearly three weeks ago, his distraught mother said Monday.
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Black Youth Disproportionately Sentenced to Life Without Parole

Black Youth Disproportionately Sentenced to Life Without Parole | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
The report found the racial dynamics of victims and offenders may play a key role in
determining which offenders are sentenced to juvenile life without parol.
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The Private Prison Industry: Resistance Isn’t Futile

The Private Prison Industry: Resistance Isn’t Futile | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

 The private prison industry is on the march. In recent months the industry moved to take over 24 state prisons in southern Florida and buy five prisons in Ohio. [@PrisonReformMvt]

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Why Do Innocent People Confess?

Why Do Innocent People Confess? | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Juries and even judges don’t want to believe that somebody will confess to a crime he or she didn’t commit.
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Upper class more likely to be scofflaws due to greed

Upper class more likely to be scofflaws due to greed | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
The upper class has a higher propensity for unethical behavior, being more likely to believe – as did Gordon Gekko in the movie Wall Street – that greed is good, according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Activism Aims to Support Political Prisoners

Activism Aims to Support Political Prisoners | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

The Internationalist Prison Books Collective (IPBC) puts together a poster every month with information about political prisoners (PPs) and prisoners of war (POWs) incarcerated in the United States, along with their addresses whose birthdays are that month.

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29 Days on Drugs – Day 18: The Forgotten Children - Jack & Jill Politics

29 Days on Drugs – Day 18: The Forgotten Children - Jack & Jill Politics | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

"The U.S. still has the highest incarceration rate in the world and we’re still responsible for the greatest separation of children from their parents since the end of chattel slavery."

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What life is like for 14-year-old killer tried as an adult

What life is like for 14-year-old killer tried as an adult | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Paul Gingerich is believed to be the youngest person in Indiana ever sentenced to prison as an adult.
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the tap: America's Prison Population. 6 Million Modern Day Slaves.

the tap: America's Prison Population. 6 Million Modern Day Slaves. | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

The United States of America has long held the highest incarceration rate in the world, far surpassing any other nation. For every 100,000 Americans, 743 citizens sit behind bars. Presently, the prison population in America consists of more than six million people, a number exceeding the amount of prisoners held in the gulags of the former Soviet Union at any point in its history.


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5 NYC Students Arrested By NYPD Every Day In School, 90 Percent Are Black Or Latino

5 NYC Students Arrested By NYPD Every Day In School, 90 Percent Are Black Or Latino | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
An average of 5 students were arrested each day in New York City schools during the last three months of 2011, new NYPD data reveals. And of those students, a staggering 90 percent were black or latino.
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Advocacy Toolkits to Combat Legal Barriers Facing Individuals with Criminal Records

People with criminal records face a daunting array of counterproductive, debilitating legal barriers that make it much more difficult for them to succeed in almost every important aspect of life. The Legal Action Center’s groundbreaking report, After Prison: Roadblocks to Reentry documents and grades each state on the legal obstacles that people with criminal records face as they seek to become fully productive members of society.

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5 Reasons You Should Never Agree to a Police Search (Even if You Have Nothing to Hide) | | AlterNet

5 Reasons You Should Never Agree to a Police Search (Even if You Have Nothing to Hide) | | AlterNet | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
From the streets of the Bronx to the suburbs of the Nation's Capital, you never have to look hard to find victims of the bias and corruption delivered by the drug war.
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Catching 5.0 Slippin’

Catching 5.0 Slippin’ | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Among the many ways in which Black youth continue to be treated unlawfully, nothing proclaims that the constitution was not writen for us more than illegal search and seizures.
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