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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 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, and Korey Wise, falsely confessed to the rape of a female jogger, which led to them being imprisoned for six to 13 years. The series explores the ways the Central Park Five were villainized in the media and in public opinion — and particularly for their […]

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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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Senate Passes Bipartisan Criminal Justice Bill | The New York Times

Nicholas Fandos , The New York Times — The Senate overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday the most substantial changes in a generation to the tough-on-crime prison and sentencing laws that ballooned the federal prison population and created a criminal justice system that many conservatives and liberals view as costly and unfair. The First Step Act would expand job training and other programming aimed at reducing recidivism rates among federal prisoners. It also expands early-release programs and modifies sentencing laws, including mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, to more equitably punish drug offenders. But the legislation falls short of benchmarks set […]

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