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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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For-Profit Probation Companies Target the Poor

By Donald Kaufman

Here’s a look into the dysfunctionality of for-profit probation companies and the story of Thomas Barrett.

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The PTSD Crisis That’s Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own Neighborhoods

Americans wounded in their own neighborhoods are not getting treatment for PTSD. They’re not even getting diagnosed.

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Why 15-Year-Old Travion Blount Got More Than 6 Life Sentences for a Crime in Which No One Was Hurt

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, as one of his last acts in office, reduced the sentence of a 23-year-old African-American inmate named Travion Blount to 40 years in prison, making him eligible for release at age 55.

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William Stuntz: Crime and Punishment and the Fight Against Racial Injustice

William Stuntz was a socially conservative evangelical Christian whose fight for race allied him across all political systems.

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Marijuana Injustices

I have come to believe that we should legalize or at least decriminalize marijuana use. The way we enforce marijuana laws is unconscionable.

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Louisiana’s Incarceration Is a Private Business

Louisiana has assailed its residents to a level unequal to any other state, entering the new year with another signature No. 1 ranking in lockups. It has created a system more efficient and despondent than state run prisons or regular privatization. The costs are low, profits high and human life is a commodity that allows the market to keep growing.

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A More Benevolent Nation?

Tired of gloom and ceaseless talk of American decline? Me too. So let’s celebrate an important way in which the United States has become stronger—and a genuinely kinder and gentler nation.

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Our National Crime: Life Sentences for Low-Grade, Nonviolent Offenses

Nearly 3,300 people around the country—about two-thirds of them black—are serving prison sentences for nonviolent crimes. And four of five were drug-related. In a new report, the ACLU explores the human cost of policy failure.

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Police Brutality, Mental Illness and ‘The Memphis Model’

Elsa Cruz filed a federal lawsuit in New York this week, months after police shot her husband dead.

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Iran Has to Decide Whether to Hang a Man—for the Second Time

A convicted drug smuggler was pronounced dead after hanging from the gallows for 12 minutes, but his family discovered in the morgue that he was still breathing.

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The Origins of Our Police State

The unleashing of police on poor people of color in the “war on drugs” is the first step in the rise of totalitarianism.

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Crime Writer Elmore Leonard Dies at 87

Along with his literary contributions, the author’s crime thrillers became part of the American cultural conversation through screen adaptations of several of his stories. He died Tuesday at his home in Michigan at age 87.

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Arbitrary, and Uncalled For

For all who believe in colorblind justice—and want to see fewer African-American and Hispanic men caught up in the system—there are two items of good news.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



Stop-and-Frisk: The World According to Questlove

Hip-hop hit a milestone this week, turning 40 years old. The same week, Federal District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin, in a 195-page ruling, declared the New York Police Department’s practice of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional.

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America’s Disappeared

The poor routinely vanish from city streets after encounters with police. They are swallowed up by jails and prisons for weeks, months or years for offenses often trivial or invented. These disruptions of lives have destroyed cohesion in urban communities, which live in heightened states of fear and troubling unrest.

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FBI Let Informants Break the Law 5,658 Times in One Year

Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request from USA Today, we now know that agents authorized an average of 15 crimes a day in 2011.

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The Need to Punish Corporate Criminals

Halliburton’s recent “punishment” after admitting that it destroyed evidence related to the 2010 BP oil spill is the very reason The Hill’s Ronald Goldfarb says that the “legal fiction that corporations are entities that are distinct from the parties running them” makes for terrible public policy.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Longtime Court Employee Fired After Helping Prove Man’s Innocence

A 70-year-old Missouri court clerk who was just nine months short of retirement thought she was doing the right thing by helping to secure a DNA test that exonerated a man who had served years in prison for a rape he insisted he did not commit. Instead, she was terminated by the court she had worked at for 34 years because it said she had violated rules about assisting a party in a case.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Before Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin, There Was Oliver Beasley

Twenty-three years after an L.A. sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a quiet, much-loved veteran, too many people still can’t move beyond their stereotypical view of race.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE


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George Zimmerman ‘Got Away With Murder,’ Juror Says (Video)

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, a member of the jury that acquitted George Zimmerman says the “law couldn’t prove” he was guilty, but that she believes the neighborhood watch captain “got away with murder” in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE


George Zimmerman to Get Back Gun That Killed Trayvon Martin

Zimmerman defense attorney Mark O’Mara told ABC News in an interview Sunday that his client has “even more reason” to arm himself now because of how many people are angry over his acquittal. 

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George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty of Murder in Trayvon Martin Case

Zimmerman walked out of court a free man Saturday night after an all-female jury in Florida found him not guilty on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the 2012 shooting death of the unarmed 17-year-old.

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Ex-Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling’s Prison Sentence Reduced

As the former CEO of Enron, Skilling played a major role in what’s been called “one of the biggest corporate scandals ever.” But because of a deal reached with federal prosecutors Friday, he’ll get out of prison 10 years early.

Posted on Jun 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Hacker Faces More Jail Time Than Rapists He Helped Expose (Video)

In America, rape is evidently considered a less serious crime than hacking now based on the case of Deric Lostutter, the hacktivist better known as KYAnonymous. Lostutter helped expose the cover-up of the infamous Steubenville rape incident, in which a 16-year-old was sexually assaulted by two star football players in the small Ohio town.

Posted on Jun 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Supreme Court: Police Can Take Your DNA Upon Arrest

In what’s been hailed as a “resounding victory for law enforcement,” a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can collect DNA samples from people arrested in connection with serious crimes.

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Ariel Castro: ‘I Am a Sexual Predator. I Need Help’

In a chilling letter allegedly written by Ariel Castro, the Cleveland kidnapping suspect admits to his crimes but blames his three female victims for getting into the car with him in the first place.

Posted on May 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Horrific Details Emerge in Cleveland Kidnapping Case

The three women who were kidnapped and held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade were raped, beaten mercilessly while pregnant, kept in ropes and chains and forced to crawl around on their hands and knees naked in the backyard by their captors, according to reports.

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Willie Manning Execution Postponed

Just hours before he was scheduled to die Tuesday, Willie Manning—who had been convicted of two murders and was recently denied a DNA test that could exonerate him—had his execution stayed by the Mississippi Supreme Court.

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There Are No More Corporate Criminals

Panelists at the annual Corporate Crime Reporter Conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday said they were concerned that the Justice Department is abandoning full criminal prosecutions of financial industries in favor of Deferred and Non Prosecution Agreements, which usually involve a fine and a set of conditions that must be followed.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Death Row Inmate Denied DNA Test, Scheduled to Be Executed Tuesday

According to Dov Fox of the Georgetown University Law Center, there was never any physical evidence linking Willie Jerome Manning to the slayings. The FBI has also recently acknowledged that the forensics evidence used to convict him was flawed.

Posted on May 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Boston Bombing Suspect Charged, Will Not Be Treated as Enemy Combatant

If convicted, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty.

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Ted Nugent Says Boston Bombing Suspect Should Be Publicly Hanged

Decrying the modern U.S. justice system as a “joke,” the right-wing rocker suggested that the U.S. go back to its old method of public hangings so that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could have “his neck stretched” on the Fourth of July.

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Protecting the ‘Second Amendment Rights’ of Thugs and Terrorists

The gun lobby and its legislative servants are “soft on crime”—although they routinely pretend to be tough on criminals.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Are California Prisons Punishing Inmates Based on Race?

In several men’s prisons across California, colored signs hang above cell doors: blue for black inmates, white for white, red, green or pink for Hispanic, yellow for everyone else. On any given day, the color of a sign could mean the difference between an inmate exercising in the prison yard or being confined to his cell.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 READ MORE



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New NYPD Domestic Violence Policy May Deter Reports From Victims

An anonymous police source tells the New York Post that the new directive could lead to the arrest of victims reporting domestic violence who have warrants on their record, even if they’re only for minor offenses such as unpaid parking tickets.

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Georgia Prepares to Execute ‘Mildly Retarded’ Man (UPDATED)

Despite the Supreme Court’s 2002 ruling that it is unconstitutional to put someone who is mentally handicapped to death, the state of Georgia is planning to execute a man with an IQ of 70 on Tuesday evening.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Christopher Dorner Manhunt May Be Over (Video)

Investigators believe that it was fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner who barricaded himself in a cabin, engaged officers in an intense gunfight and was unable to escape before the building burned down.

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Manhunt On for Revenge-Seeking Ex-LAPD Officer Accused of Killing 3

Police say Christopher Dorner implicated himself in the killings through a “manifesto” that he posted online this week in which he identifies potential targets by name.

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Court Rules Woman Technically Not Raped Because of Marital Status

A California appeals court has decided that an 18-year-old woman technically wasn’t raped by a man who had sex with her while she was asleep because he was pretending to be her boyfriend. But if the woman had been married and the man had been impersonating her husband? The court acknowledged the outcome would have been different.

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