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Jay-Z goes to bat for Mississippi prisoners and files federal lawsuit | NBC News

The rap mogul had warned Mississippi officials he was “prepared to pursue all potential avenues.” Rap mogul Jay-Z sued the head of the Mississippi Department of Corrections and the warden of the state penitentiary Tuesday on behalf of 29 prisoners who say the two officials have done nothing to stop the violence that has left five inmates dead in the past two weeks. “These deaths are a direct result of Mississippi’s utter disregard for the people it has incarcerated and their constitutional rights,” according to the lawsuit, which was filed by Jay-Z’s lawyer Alex Spiro at the U.S. District Court […]

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Illinois is expunging marijuana convictions from nearly 800,000 criminal records | CNN

Ryan Prior, CNN Yarygin, serazetdinov/iStock. Featured Image NN If you’ve been arrested for weed in Illinois, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker just signed HB 1438 this week, which makes cannabis legal in the state for individuals 21 and over, along with sweeping criminal criminal justice reforms designed to help those whose lives have been upended by the state’s drug laws. In addition to legalizing marijuana, the 610-page bill offers relief to the roughly 770,000 residents of the state with marijuana-related offenses on their criminal records, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. CLICK TO READ […]

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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 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 the current system of policing, especially in St. Louis. “When I began the police academy in 1997, we were told that, as future police officers, we owned a magic pen. What that class instructor meant was that whatever we wrote in a police report about our […]

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T.I., New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Join Forces to Bail Out Nonviolent Offenders for Easter | The Grapevine, The Root

Jay Connor, The Grapevine, The Root Carlotta Outley Brown, who took over as principal at James Madison High School during the current school year has implemented a dress code for parents. (Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle via AP), Featured Image spent my Easter Sunday deviating between inhaling jelly beans and watching Kanye pass out communion wafers through a peep hole. But it looks like recording artist, community activist and serial entrepreneur T.I. spent his Resurrection Sunday being far more impactful. The Hill reports that the Trap Music Museum founder joined forces with New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and Love and […]

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New Year Brings Hope and Pushes for Proper Implementation with First Step Act | AFRO

George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Wesley Bell laughs during his speech after being sworn in as St. Louis County Prosecutor during a New Year’s Eve celebration on Tuesday, Jan. 01, 2019 in St. Louis, Mo. Between jokes Bell took a serious note, stating there is a lot of work that needs to be done. Photo by Colter Peterson. Featured Image 2019 organizations that supported the recently passed First Step Act, which helps reform the prison system, are calling for proper implementation and transparency, officials said. “I think the take away from folks supporting and opposing this bill is that it’s well […]

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