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The Color of Money

The Color of Money | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Bill Dedman received the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting in 1989 for researching and writing these articles.

The first series, published May 1-4, 1988, disclosed that Atlanta's banks and savings and loan institutions, although they had made loans for years in even the poorest white neighborhoods of Atlanta, did not lend in middle-class or more affluent black neighborhoods. The focus moved to lenders across the nation with the January 1989 article, "Blacks turned down for home loans from S&Ls twice as often as whites."

As a result of the stories, the federal Home Mortgage Disclosure Act was expanded to provide more information to the public on the pattern of activity by all mortgage lenders.
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The Best Resources On Ferguson For Use In The Classroom

The Best Resources On Ferguson For Use In The Classroom | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
I wanted to quickly pull together a few of what I think might be particularly useful resources to use in the classroom in talking with students about the grand jury's decision not to indict the off...
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Why Judges OK Plea Bargains That Put Innocent People In Jail

Why Judges OK Plea Bargains That Put Innocent People In Jail | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
With so many people pleading guilty, some innocent defendants invariably sign onto plea bargains just to avoid the prospect of lengthy prison sentences. These are often poor defendants who aren't optimistic about winning at trial and face intense pressure from prosecutors to enter a plea.

Despite this problem, judges very rarely reject plea bargains. That's because "they don't really have any familiarity with the underlying facts," Rakoff told me over the phone recently. Even a "conscientious judge" wouldn't have enough information to drill both sides about the plea agreement, he said.
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To use in educational unit on the justice system in the United States. This new essay might get assigned to for possible ammunition in a debate or for an essay on pros and cons or a persuasive essay. US History, Civics, even Health classes might touch on this topic. 

 

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"When you recall that, of the 2.2 million Americans in prison, over 2 million are there because of plea bargains," Rakoff writes, "we are then talking about an estimated 20,000 persons, or more, who are in prison for crimes to which they pleaded guilty but did not in fact commit."

 
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Free the Kids

Free the Kids | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Teenagers receiving life sentences without parole is a rarity around the world, but it does happen in America. Could that be changing?
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Something to share with secondary school students during a discussion of fairness or laws in the US versus the laws in other countries.

 

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Why you should care

Because when you’re still in your teen years, should your ”permanent record” be that permanent?



Read more: Life Without Parole | Acumen | OZY 

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