It’s maddening that a book written in 1999 still carries so much relevance in 2018. Nearly two decades ago, Walter Dean Myers’ young-adult novel approached a racist court system that paints African-American men as guilty “monsters” before any evidence is presented. Sadly, this concept holds true as former music video…
Malcolm Alexander, who was just 21 years old when he was wrongfully convicted of aggravated rape and sentenced to life in Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola), was released from prison Monday after Jefferson Parish Judge June Darensburg overturned his conviction.
A road rage incident at an intersection 5 miles southeast of New Orleans left former New York Jets running back Joe McKnight dead. The white man accused of shooting him, Ronald Gasser, was charged with second-degree murder. Gasser’s fate will be decided by a jury with just one black woman on it. Will there be justice…
The New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision recently began operating on a directive issued last month that severely restricts the books people in prison can receive.
The first of nine jails at the Rikers Island complex in New York City will be shut down by the summer, the city’s Department of Correction announced Tuesday afternoon.
I’m taking it for granted that anyone who knows anything about the American criminal-justice system could hazard a guess that black men end up serving longer prison sentences than white men who commit the same crimes. But just in case you needed solid evidence to cite in your next argument with your racist aunty, a…
At no point in modern history has Florida executed a white man for killing a black victim. But that may change Thursday as the state prepares to execute 53-year-old Mark Asay, and with a drug that has never been used before in any U.S. execution.
It’s been almost three years since a Beavercreek, Ohio, police officer fatally shot a black Walmart shopper who was holding a pellet gun that he had unboxed on a store shelf. On Tuesday, federal investigators announced that they would not seek federal charges against the officer in the shooting death of John Crawford…
It’s been decades in the making, but on Monday three of the Central Park Five finally got the opportunity to celebrate their high school graduation and received honorary degrees after they were robbed of their futures when they were wrongly imprisoned and later wrongly convicted for the 1989 rape of a woman who was…
On Thursday, Kalief Browder Way was unveiled. An intersection in New York City’s Bronx borough was renamed in honor of a man who took his own life at 22 years of age after suffering a grueling, three-year imprisonment at the city’s Rikers Island jail complex because he couldn’t make bail.
Florida prosecutor Aramis Ayala on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott after he stripped her office of some 23 first-degree murder cases because she refused to pursue the death penalty.
A new report from the National Registry of Exonerations has confirmed what we already knew (I know most of y’all ain’t surprised): Black people are more likely to be wrongfully convicted than their white counterparts, and they are also more likely to spend a longer time behind bars before they are exonerated.
A former Arkansas judge has been arrested and accused of giving lenient sentences to male defendants in exchange for sexual favors he allegedly referred to as "community service," the Washington Post reports.
The mother of Kalief Browder, who killed himself after spending three traumatic years in New York City's Rikers Island jail complex, has died of a "broken heart," her lawyer told the New York Daily News Sunday.
The perceived criminality and dangerousness of black men in the United States has a long and storied history.
The Alaska reporter who quit on the air with a resounding "[F—k] it" is now facing charges on 14 serious criminal offenses, which could land her in prison for 54 years, The Guardian reports.
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama granted commutations for an additional 111 federal inmates, bringing the total number of grants offered up to 325 in the month of August alone—the largest number of commutations ever granted by a president in a single month, the White House reports.