In an announcement late Friday, Harris County, Texas, District Attorney Kim Ogg revealed that a former prosecutor withheld a key email that could have prevented Alfred Dewayne Brown from receiving the death penalty.
Last week, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner announced his office would no longer pursue charges for marijuana possession, and dropped charges for 51 people en masse.
Senators Chuck Grassley and Dick Durban have been trying for years to pass a criminal justice reform bill that would, among other things, axe the three-strike penalty, reduce mandatory minimum sentences, and introduce programs meant to rehabilitate prisoners. It has never gone anywhere.
The Washington State Senate voted on Wednesday to abolish the death penalty, The News Tribune reported, in a 26-22 vote that included five Republican members of the chamber. If the measure passes the House and is signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee, it would replace the death penalty with a life prison sentence…
An agent with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency has been arrested and charged after a Wichita, KS, news anchor reported him to police for sending her sensitive and sexually inappropriate text messages.
Nearly 50 county sheriffs across Alabama were sued for public records documenting the extent to which they’ve personally profited off an antiquated state law that allows them to keep any money left over from purchasing food for inmates in their jails.
The Rising Sun Energy Center in Berkeley, CA, is helping low-income adults, including many women, learn how to build green homes—and rebuild their lives.
Black people arrested for a crime are twice as likely to spend time in jail before they go to trial than white people, in part because they often face higher bail fees than their white counterparts.
There’s no other way to put it: 2017 was bleak. Bleak because the country’s top public health organization is now prohibited from using the term “science-based.” Bleak because we’re surprised that a man accused of sexually harassing and assaulting young girls—and who extols slavery—lost an election. Bleak because the…
Six former clerks and junior staffers have come forward to accuse influential U.S. 9th Circuit Court Judge Alex Kozinski, a former chief judge, of sexual harassment. Two of the women said Kozinski, who continues to serve on the court, asked them to view porn in his chambers, according to an investigation by The…
A judge in Clark County, NV, has been busted for using the prospect of probation to suggest that a convicted felon vote for Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
Updated Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, 11:19 p.m. EST:
The U.S. prison system today is not about detaining a small group of dangerous individuals. Over the past 30 years, we have grown addicted to incarceration, relying on it as the solution to all of our social problems.
Shannon Kepler, a former Tulsa, OK, police officer, was convicted late Wednesday in the shooting death of his daughter’s boyfriend Jeremey Lake.
“Cops have a very hard job to do and [they] get a bad rap, but also...they’re doing very bad things on a daily basis,” says Peter Nicks, a black filmmaker who embedded with Oakland police for two years to produce a documentary called The Force, which premieres Friday.
New York City’s municipal primary elections are tomorrow, and across the five boroughs, New Yorkers are saying, wait, there is a mayoral race happening right now, as in this year?
In 2015, Charnesia Corley was pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign in Texas. A group of Harris County police officers subjected then-20-year-old Corley to a humiliating 11-minute vaginal search on the side of the road. Her suspected crime? An officer claimed he smelled weed in her car.
Donald Trump pardoned the country’s most openly racist sheriff on Friday, endorsing racial discrimination in law enforcement. “We finally got rid of Sheriff Arpaio, but we got a national Sheriff Arpaio,” says Carlos Garcia, executive director of Puente Arizona, an organization dedicated to migrant justice. Splinter’s…