Instead of being immediately tossed into jail for failing to pay fines or fees related to whatever legal issues you may have, a federal judge has ruled that anyone who owes money from criminal convictions in New Orleans must have a chance to plead poverty in a “neutral forum,” before being put behind bars for failure…
When I think of Meek Mill, I think of his music, of course, (and immediately “Dreams and Nightmares” plays in my head) but I also think of the constant battle he’s been facing with the criminal justice system.
In what I imagine will eventually be a very regretful decision on her part, Angela Rye—noted #BlackGirlMagic trumpeter, public speaker, CNN contributor and women’s empowerment scion—decided to jump out the window in defense of her “brother,” Charlamagne Tha God (CTG).
A San Francisco mother has filed a lawsuit alleging that the city kept her teenage son locked in a cell for days even though a judge determined that there was no reason that the boy should have been arrested in the first place and ordered his release.
As long as there has been freedom for black people post-slavery, there has been a criminal-justice system that has been committed to caging them again. From the convict-lease system, even slave catchers before the emancipation, there’s always been a system designed to watch black bodies, to catch black bodies, to…
Kim Kardashian—who recently helped commute the sentence of 63-year-old Alice Johnson—is using her privilege yet again to bring attention to a prisoner she believes has been wrongly convicted.
I was 34 years old when I could no longer escape the man I never wanted to see again.
The case of Cyntoia Brown, who was sentenced to life in prison for a murder she committed at age 16, has now dragged Tennessee sentencing laws into the spotlight, with a federal appeals court considering whether to consult the Tennessee Supreme Court for clarification about the state laws.
David Robinson has already spent almost 20 years of his life in prison for a murder he did not commit.
In an interview with Forbes magazine Saturday, Cynthia Nixon, the former Sex and the City star and current New York gubernatorial candidate, told the outlet that communities of color most devastated by decades of the country’s war on drugs should get first priority when it comes to licenses to sell legal cannabis.
Two men wrongfully imprisoned for a kidnapping and rape they didn’t commit were exonerated Monday in state Supreme Court in New York City. Cumulatively, the men had served decades in prison for a crime they didn’t commit.
In a spoken-word poem, Dwayne Betts details the emotional impacts of juvenile incarceration.
Target Corp. is dishing out a hefty $3.74 million to settle a lawsuit in which it is accused of using criminal-background checks to keep thousands of black and/or Hispanic people from getting jobs.
In 2005 the United States became the last country to end the death penalty for offenders under 18 years old. Adolescent neuroscience research played a huge part in changing this policy. However, there are still approximately 2,500 prison inmates in the United States serving life sentences without the possibility of…
As Meek Mill sits in jail on parole-violation charges related to a case he caught when he was just 19 years old, his mother is appealing to the newly elected district attorney in Philadelphia to help her son get the justice she feels he deserves.
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.