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New Freedom Riders Take on NYPD

New Freedom Riders Take on NYPD | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Here in New York, people of good conscience are horrified by the practices of the NYPD that systematically target young African Americans and Latinos. Now, a courageous interracial group of activists is working to take on the NYPD’s racist practices (h/t @CarlaMurphy for this story).

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Black History and the American Art of Denial

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Citing a lawsuit filed in Alabama against a prison that prevented a prisoner from receiving a book about slavery, Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. evaluates America's complicated relationship with black history.
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Ramarley Graham, Unarmed Teen, Illegally Killed By New York Police, Lawyer Says

Ramarley Graham, Unarmed Teen, Illegally Killed By New York Police, Lawyer Says | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
 A week after police shot to death an unarmed 18-year-old in his grandmother's Bronx apartment, questions continue to swirl around the aggressive police tactics that led to the fatal confrontation.
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Seattle Cop Cuffs 2 Innocent Black Men, Says He Will Make Stuff Up

Seattle Cop Cuffs 2 Innocent Black Men, Says He Will Make Stuff Up | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

A Seattle police officer has been caught on tape saying "I'll make stuff up" when arresting two black men who were later found to be innocent, according to KOMO News.

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Official: 358 killed in Honduras prison fire

Official: 358 killed in Honduras prison fire | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
COMAYAGUA, Honduras (AP) — A fire started by an inmate tore through an overcrowded prison in Honduras, burning and suffocating screaming men in their locked cells as rescuers desperately searched for keys.
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The Convict Lease System by Frederick Douglass

The Convict Lease System by Frederick Douglass | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

[C]onvicts are leased out to work for railway contractors, mining companies and those who farm large plantations. These companies assume charge of the convicts, work them as cheap labor and pay the states a handsome revenue for their labor. Nine tenths of these convicts are Negroes. There are two reasons for this.

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Judge Asks for Court of Inquiry Into Former Morton Prosecutor

Judge Asks for Court of Inquiry Into Former Morton Prosecutor | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Judge Sid Harle said today he will recommend that Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson convene a court of inquiry to review a slew of evidence against former Williamson County prosecutor Ken Anderson.
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Despite Reform, Violence Rises Among Youths at Juvenile Lockups

Despite Reform, Violence Rises Among Youths at Juvenile Lockups | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

"Overall, the rate of confirmed youth-on-youth assaults has more than tripled at the secure juvenile offender facilities statewide in the five years since lawmakers approved those reforms. Attacks on staff members have also increased."

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Ramon Banks & the Shiny Victim Theory

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What is a ‘shiny’ victim? Babies, the elderly, the mentally disabled and of course an innocent couple who were sheltering their friend from an alleged abusive boyfriend. Shiny victims generate public outrage and media coverage. Often local District Attorney seizes these opportunities to promise justice to the people. In Texas, Justice means the death penalty.

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Black Americans Given Longer Sentences than White Americans for Same Crimes

Black Americans Given Longer Sentences than White Americans for Same Crimes | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
In federal cases, black defendants faced average sentences of 60 months, while the average for white defendants was only 38 months.
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An Unusual Glimpse Behind Bars: Juveniles In The Justice System : NPR

An Unusual Glimpse Behind Bars: Juveniles In The Justice System : NPR | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
In the confines of jail cells, a veteran photographer documents children's experiences.
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Race and Death Penalty Juries

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The evidence of gross racial prejudice in a North Carolina case shows why the state’s anti-bias law is needed in death penalty cases.
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Raise the Crime Rate

Raise the Crime Rate | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

"Uncounted in the official tallies are the hundreds of thousands of crimes that take place in the country’s prison system, a vast and growing residential network whose forsaken tenants increasingly bear the brunt of America’s propensity for anger and violence"

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Slavery and the Prison Industrial Complex - Angela Davis

5th Annual Eric Williams Memorial Lecture at Florida International University
Date: 9-19-2003
Speaker: Angela Davies, Professor in History of Consciousness and Chair of Women's Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
Title: "Slavery and the Prison Industrial Complex"


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In Chicago, Mental Health Patients Have No Place to Go

In Chicago, Mental Health Patients Have No Place to Go | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Chicago plans to shut down six of its 12 mental health centers by the end of April, leaving many patients without adequate treatment and potentially driving up prison populations.
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29 Days on Drugs – Day 13: Slavery by another Name

29 Days on Drugs – Day 13: Slavery by another Name | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Almost 150 years after the Civil War, far from becoming a “freer” society, the United States leads the world in penal servitude. The rate of incarceration in the United States surpasses that of every other nation by a wide margin

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Is NYPD Running Wild? Patterns of Brutality Raise Questions About Mayor's Control of Police | | AlterNet

Is NYPD Running Wild? Patterns of Brutality Raise Questions About Mayor's Control of Police | | AlterNet | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Behind the NYPD's beating of Jateik Reed and the killing of Ramarley Graham is a long history of police harassment.

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Private Prison Corporation Offers Cash In Exchange For State Prisons

Private Prison Corporation Offers Cash In Exchange For State Prisons | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
As state governments wrestle with massive budget shortfalls, a Wall Street giant is offering a solution: cash in exchange for state property. Prisons, to be exact.
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Will Frustrated Moms and Cops End the Drug War? | | AlterNet

Will Frustrated Moms and Cops End the Drug War? | | AlterNet | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
It will be moms who come to rescue their children from the deadly grip of prohibition, and police against the drug war are eagerly ready to support them in this quest.
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California's death penalty law: It simply does not work

California's death penalty law: It simply does not work | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

The ineffective legal beast created by California's death penalty laws costs taxpayers more than $100 million annually and ties up the lives of prosecutors and victims who could be moving on to other things.

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'US experiences militarization of police'

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"On Thursday, New York City police officers chased and shot dead 18-year-old Ramarley Graham, an unarmed black male, while fleeing to his grandmother’s house. Experts say the shooting can be linked to the NYPD’s aggressive street policing program called ‘stop and frisk’ which critics say targets low-income minority neighborhoods."

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Ramarley Graham: NYPD Slays Unarmed Black Teen as Outrage over Targeting of People of Color Grows

Ramarley Graham: NYPD Slays Unarmed Black Teen as Outrage over Targeting of People of Color Grows | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
The New York City Police Department is under mounting criticism after police shot dead an unarmed teenager inside his own home.
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Troy Davis Nephew De'Jaun Davis-Correia on What's Next

Troy Davis Nephew De'Jaun Davis-Correia on What's Next | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

"De'Jaun, 17, of Savannah, Ga., was born into the debate about capital punishment. His uncle, Troy Davis, was already on death row for the August 1989 murder of police officer Mark MacPhail."

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Horrific Peek into Women's Prisons Finds: "Sisters, Fighting For Our Lives Together' | | AlterNet

Horrific Peek into Women's Prisons Finds: "Sisters, Fighting For Our Lives Together' | | AlterNet | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
New book offers a horrific peek behind the walls of US prisons and reveals the human rights violations suffered by women in confinement.
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The Pentagon Is Offering Free Military Hardware To Every Police Department In The US

The Pentagon Is Offering Free Military Hardware To Every Police Department In The US | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

"We produce so much military equipment that inventories of military robots, M-16 assault rifles, helicopters, armored vehicles, and grenade launchers eventually start to pile up and it turns out a lot of these weapons are going straight to American police forces to be used against US citizens.

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