Denver’s City Council, Led by Democratic Socialist, Stuns For-Profit Prison Operators by Nuking Contracts | The Intercept

Ryan Grim, The Intercept Candi CdeBaca in Denver on Jan. 10, 2017. Photo: Nick Cote/The New York Times via Redux. Featured Image TWO FOR-PROFIT prison companies have lost major contracts in Denver over their work in immigrant detention, as backlash to President Donald Trump’s immigration policy continues to mount. The stunning $10.6 million rebuke to […]

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Cyntoia Brown Will Be Released From Prison Next Week | Refinery29

Andrea Gonzalez-Ramirez, Refinery29 Leah Chase (left) and Jessica B. Harris at Dooky Chase’s in 2018. PHOTO: CEDRIC ANGELES. Featured Image Cyntoia Brown is set to walk free next Wednesday, exactly eight months after former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam commuted her sentence. Brown, now 31, had been serving a life sentence for the murder of a […]

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To win a murder conviction, police and prosecutors made up evidence and secretly paid a witness, St. Louis DA finds | The Washington Post

Meagan Flynn, The Washington Post Lamar Johnson, in the white pants, is pictured in a 1994 photo lineup. (St. Louis Circuit Attorney). Featured Image The state’s theory stretched the physical limits of the human body. Somehow on the night of Oct. 30, 1994, Lamar Johnson left his friend’s apartment, traveled three miles to Marcus Boyd’s […]

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In latest book, former St. Louis cop writes how problems with cops starts with the stories they tell | The St. Louis American

The St. Louis American Staff, The St. Louis American Terrell Carter’s latest book “Police on a Pedestal: Responsible Policing in a Culture of Worship” begins with the African proverb, “Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter.” From there, his book outlines the idea that storytelling is the foundation for […]

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Before the Central Park Five, There Was the Trenton Six | Black Perspectives

Denise Lynn, Black Perspectives Trenton Six, 1949, (Charles White via Museum of Modern Art). Featured Image The four-part docuseries When They See Us, directed by Ava DuVernay, has brought attention to the notorious case of the Central Park Five, a legal case that for many of us unfolded in living memory. The attention the docuseries […]

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At home behind bars: After 66 years in prison, he has lost the desire to leave | The News & Observer

Joseph Neff, The News & Observer John Phillips has been behind bars since April 8, 1952, when he was arrested on sexual-assault charges. He was 18 years old and only in the ninth grade, and he was sent to be evaluated at the state mental hospital for black people. The report classified Phillips as a […]

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“When They See Us” Shows How Black Slang Was Criminalized For The Central Park 5 & It Still Is Today | Bustle

Nylah Burton, Bustle Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix. Featured Image Ava DuVernay’s new Netflix docuseries When They See Us depicts the heartbreaking story of the 1990 Central Park Five case in which a group of young Black and Latinx boys were convicted of a crime that they did not commit. Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, […]

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