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Killer Robots Pose Potential Problems for Future Policing

Removing officers in the field could reduce the danger they face and the need to use force. Then again, adding a layer of distance between officers and citizens could increase the use of force.

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 READ MORE


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More Than 10.35 Million People Are in Prison Around the World

A World Prison Brief study released earlier this year found that the number of people held in detention centers worldwide may exceed 11 million.

Posted on Apr 23, 2016 READ MORE



Trump’s Impeachable Offense

GOP presidential candidates are endorsing torture again.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE



Two Years Behind Bars or 20? One Day, a Computer Formula May Have a Say

Influenced by algorithms, judges who are racially biased might actually hand out milder sentences to minority defendants. But some experts worry that, in the big picture, an imperfect science may work against the accused.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



Nearly 1,000 People Were Fatally Shot by Police in the U.S. in 2015

A Washington Post study reveals that approximately 40 percent of all unarmed men shot to death by police this year were black. Black males make up just 6 percent of the U.S. population.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE



Private-Prison Executive Predicts More Profits, Downplays Criminal Justice Reform

A senior executive with the second-largest for-profit prison company in America told investment bankers last summer that, talk of drug policy and criminal justice reform notwithstanding, the United States will continue to “attract crime,” generating new “correctional needs.”

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE



Now This Is Really Criminal

Congress has created an average of 50 new crimes per year for the past decade.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: How Islamic State Made Its Billions

This fascinating and informative video from Channel 4 News in the United Kingdom explains how Islamic State is using cash from oil, extortion, taxation and robbery to pay for jihad.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Cop Who Stole From Police Killed Himself and Made It Look Like Murder

The bizarre story of a local hero turned bad cop has captivated the media. Illinois police officer “GI Joe” Gliniewicz was secretly leading a life of crime, diverting thousands of dollars from a police department’s youth auxiliary program before staging his suicide to make it look like a murder.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE



Whistleblowers in Canada Could Receive Awards Exceeding $1 Million for Exposing Corporate Wrongdoing

A formal policy is being unveiled by the Ontario Securities Commission to encourage those in the know to help ferret out white-collar crime.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Jorge Ramos on Why More Immigrants = Less Crime

When politicians blame immigrants for some of the most significant problems in the U.S., many people might believe that the vast majority of immigrants here without permission are criminals. Journalist and broadcaster Jorge Ramos explains why the opposite is true.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Murder, USA: Why Politicians Have Blood on Their Hands

Ten people died and seven were wounded this week in a mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Ore. Such shootings are more than another tragic expression of unchecked violence in the United States; they are symptomatic of a society engulfed in fear, militarism, a survival-of-the-fittest ethos and a growing disdain for human life.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE



Prosecution of White-Collar Crime Hits 20-Year Low

In 2012, President Obama pledged to “hold Wall Street accountable” for financial misdeeds related to the financial crisis. But as financial industry donations flooded into Obama’s re-election campaign, his Justice Department officials promoted policies that critics say embodied a “too big to jail” doctrine for financial crime.

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE



No, Protests Against Police Brutality Are Not Increasing Crime

In a recent piece for The Nation, Alex S. Vitale—a professor of sociology at Brooklyn College—disproves claims that the Black Lives Matter movement has caused an uptick in crime.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Colorado Theater Gunman James Holmes Sentenced to Life in Prison

Unable to unanimously agree on the death penalty, a jury gave the Aurora movie theater gunman life in prison without possibility of parole in the killing of 12 people in the 2012 rampage.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The FBI Built a Database That Can Catch Rapists, but Almost Nobody Uses It

For roughly 30 years, the FBI has virtually ignored a system meant to help cops track the behavioral patterns of violent criminals.

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Watch the Moment of ‘El Chapo’s’ Prison Break

Footage has surfaced of the moment Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the infamous drug lord known as “El Chapo,” escaped from his cell in Mexico’s Altiplano prison.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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Here’s Why Giving People Jobs and Training Could Actually Help Cut Down on Crime

A new study suggests that when people who have been involved in crimes such as theft are given the opportunity and training to do “legitimate work,” they are less likely to continue criminal activities.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver: ‘Bail Has Become a Way to Lock Up the Poor Regardless of Guilt’

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host explains how the discrimination ingrained in America’s bail system leads the poor to plead guilty to crimes they didn’t even commit.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Black People in Minneapolis Are 9 Times More Likely to Be Arrested for Minor Offenses

A damning ACLU report finds “severe,” “pervasive” and “systematic” racial disparities in arrests by Minneapolis police.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE



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Nebraska Legislators Override Governor’s Veto and Outlaw Capital Punishment

On Wednesday, the Cornhusker State became the 19th state in the U.S. to rid itself of one of our most archaic laws.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE



Swedish Supreme Court Rejects Julian Assange Appeal

Despite the rejection, lawyers for the WikiLeaks founder say they are encouraged by the judges’ 4-1 split, which may indicate that the court will change its decision.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE



Newburgh, N.Y.: A Once-Grand City That Had Its Heart Torn Out

“Once one of the grandest cities in the entire north-east, the story of Newburgh’s decline and the fight to resurrect it is the story of the struggle of many cities in the United States, a story that says much about how the nation views its urban centres, and the problems and challenges that go with them,” writes The Guardian’s Michael Deibert.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE


Obama Urges Grammy Artists to Stress That Rape, Domestic Violence Are ‘Not OK’

In a recorded message that aired Sunday night at the Grammy Awards, President Obama delivered a sobering message about sexual abuse.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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That Bird Has My Wings: An Acrostic Pantoum About Death Row Prisoner Jarvis Jay Masters

Carolyne Wright’s touching poem echoes the powerful words of Jarvis Jay Masters, an African-American on death row in a California prison.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE



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Rapper Faces Life in Prison Over His Lyrics

San Diego rapper Brandon Duncan, aka Tiny Doo, has no criminal record, yet he is now facing trial on nine counts of participating in “criminal street gang conspiracy.”

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Ferguson: Baffling Decisions Continue to Provoke a Traumatized Community

There is no question that the Michael Brown case has been mishandled from the very beginning. With the news conference Monday by St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch, we now know that it was mishandled to the very end.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 READ MORE



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The Next Attorney General Should Make Presidential Pardons Less Racist, at the Very Least

More than two years ago, a ProPublica series showed that white applicants were far more likely to receive clemency than comparable applicants who were black. Since then, the government has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a study, but the pardons system remains unchanged.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 READ MORE



Will Justice Scalia Apologize for His Part in Keeping an Innocent Man Imprisoned for 30 Years?

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once held that one of two North Carolina men who were freed this week after decades due to DNA evidence should be killed under the death penalty; a “war” within Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is breaking out; meanwhile, a human rights lawyer was recently arrested after standing on a sidewalk during a pro-Palestinian rally in New York City while waiting for her children. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 READ MORE


‘Overpoliced and Underprotected’: The Neglect of Black Communities

Amy Goodman interviews UC Berkeley professor John A. Powell on Tuesday about Ferguson, Mo. Powell says two of the most important issues of policing poor communities is whether there’s trust, and whether authorities recognize the humanity of those they are charged to protect.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Our Selective Outrage

The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown has rightly provoked widespread outrage, drawing international media attention and prompting a comment from President Obama. The same should be true—but tragically is not—of the killing of 3-year-old Knijah Amore Bibb.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Justice Department Says Rikers Island Jailers Routinely Abused Teen Inmates

An extensive report by the Justice Department has found that New York’s primary jail is an absolute hell for underage inmates.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE


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Did Richmond, Calif., Reduce Its Murder Rate by Paying People Not to Kill?

Nearly a decade ago, violent crime in Richmond, Calif., was so bad that the City Council debated declaring a state of emergency. Seeking to end the bloodshed, officials authorized DeVone Boggan to pay likely perpetrators to stay out of trouble.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE



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A Simple Fix for Our Execution Problem

Shortages of lethal drugs are causing executions to be botched in horrible ways, but the resulting public outcry could help clear a path to a lasting, moral solution.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Attorney General Holder Requires Recording of Interrogations, Unlike New York City

A new Department of Justice policy says federal agents must record interrogations, as a way to protect against coercion and false confessions.

Posted on May 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Death Penalty Report Cites Value of Taping Interrogations

A report advocating death penalty reforms finds that false confessions in capital cases can be limited by recording the questioning of suspects.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE


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Three Things Obama’s New Clemency Initiative Doesn’t Do

Prisoners’ advocates call the reforms a step forward, but they don’t address discrimination in presidential pardons or apply to everyone serving harsh sentences from outdated guidelines.

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 READ MORE


Meet a Pedophile

A pedophile is a person attracted to children, not just someone who acts on that attraction. One of many problems with the disorder is that those seeking professional help to not abuse children must take extremely big risks because of mandatory reporting laws.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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We’re Running Out of Ways to Kill People—Legally

You’d think that we Americans would have enough stuff to worry about. Severe drought desiccating a third of the country. A political system whose major talent is demonstrating stasis in action. The rich using the poor as fleshy paving stones for the road to mansions on the hill. Ben Affleck as Batman.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Even the 99 Percent Get Kidnapped in Mexico

Once the plutocrats’ plague, kidnapping for ransom in Mexico has gone decidedly mass market.

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Eugene Jarecki: The Failed War on Drugs

Chris Hedges, who has written much about prison and also teaches in one, speaks with Eugene Jarecki about his amazing film, “The House I Live In,” the failed war on drugs and the life of human beings behind bars.

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Should Women Be Charged With Murder for Giving Birth to Stillborns Due to ‘Fetal Harm’?

Rennie Gibbs, a 16-year-old in Mississippi when she gave birth to a stillborn child, is facing life in prison for taking cocaine during her pregnancy. Hers is among a burgeoning number of cases in which women are prosecuted for allegedly endangering their unborn children.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



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A Helping Hand for Young Men of Color

“My Brother’s Keeper” has a much nicer ring than “Stop and Frisk.” It also promises to be a more effective, less self-defeating way to address the interlocking social and economic crises afflicting young men of color.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



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This Texas District Attorney Candidate Says Family Violence Is ‘Overrated’

As the top law enforcement officer (should he win) in Harris County, Texas, one would hope Lloyd Oliver would prosecute domestic violence with all due zeal, but the Democratic candidate told The Texas Observer the crime is “so, so overrated” and equated abuse to a tap on the hand.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE



Race Inequality in America by Graph, From Crime Sentencing to Income

Most death sentences are handed out for killing white people, even though African-Americans make up 50 percent of murder victims (they are only 12 percent of the population).

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE



Venezuela Braces for More Violence

A week of protests in Venezuela resulted in the deaths of three people and more than 20 injured Wednesday, leaving President Nicolas Maduro in a struggle to restrain discontent among opposition groups and radical elements of his Chavista movement.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE


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