Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to plead guilty in jail scandal, his attorney says

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By: Joel Rubin, Cindy Chang and Harriet Ryan | LA Times February 10, 2016 Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will plead guilty in a downtown courtroom Wednesday to making a false statement, marking a dramatic turn in the ongoing federal investigation into corruption in the Sheriff’s Department. Baca’s attorney, Michael Zweibeck, said his […]

Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn McCarrel fatally shoots self in front of Ohio Statehouse

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BY Meg Wagner | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 12:42 PM A Black Lives Matter activist killed himself on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse, authorities said. MarShawn McCarrel, 23, shot himself in front of the Columbus building Monday evening, Lt. Craig Cvetan of the State Highway Patrol told the Columbus […]

8 Activists Who Demand The World Knows That Black Lives Matter

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Taryn Finley | Black Voices Associate Editor, The Huffington Post 02/08/2016 09:29 am ET | Updated 3 hours ago This February, HuffPost Black Voices is honoring black men and women who are paving the way to a better future for black America. As part of our “Black Future Month” series, we will highlight the work […]

Gang member gets 51 years for 2014 fatal revenge shooting

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Written By Jordan Owen | Chicago Sun-Times Posted: 02/08/2016, 11:42am A gang member has been sentenced to 51 years in prison for a fatal retaliation shooting in the South Chicago neighborhood in 2014. Khalie Early, 21, was found guilty of murder and aggravated battery with discharge of a firearm on Jan. 7 after a trial, […]

Mentally Ill Prisoners Are Destroyed By Solitary Confinement

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By Paul Willis | Vice.com February 2, 2016 When President Obama announced the end of solitary confinement in federal prisons for juveniles and as a response to low-level infractions last week, he cited “devastating, lasting psychological consequences.” Among them, research has shown that spending time in the hole makes people depressed, anxious, socially withdrawn, paranoid, […]

Convicted rapist and former Oklahoma cop Daniel Holtzclaw’s inmate file deleted from state DOC website as ‘matter of security’

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BY Nicole Hensley | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, January 30, 2016, 10:29 PM All traces of a convicted rapist — former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw — have been erased from the state’s online Department of Corrections inmate logs. The last known location for Holtzclaw, sentenced last week to 263 years in prison […]

What It’s Like to Be Moved from Cell to Cell, Prison to Prison

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By Arthur Longworth |vice.com January 29, 2016 From the column ‘Life Inside’ Life Inside is an ongoing collaboration between The Marshall Project and VICE that offers first-person perspectives from those who live and work in the criminal justice system. I’m moving cells today. A guard issued the order at 6:30 AM this morning during rack-out, […]

The gangster warlords of Latin America

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Ioan Grillo | GlobalPost 7:59 a.m. EST January 27, 2016 Former GlobalPost correspondent Ioan Grillo came face-to-face with violent narcos across the Americas for his new book “Gangster Warlords.” The following is an excerpt based on his reporting in Brazil. “Cocaina,” the bony teenager calls out, standing on a dirt street behind a table that […]

A look inside the vast, violent network of Latin America’s drug lords

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By A Martínez and Dorian Merina | Take Two | kpcc.org January 26, 2016 The story of drug gangs in the Americas is one that stretches from the favelas of Brazil to the remote mountains of Mexico to U.S. towns and cities. And the top shot-callers have taken on the personas of savvy CEO businessmen, […]

Inside Day One of a New York City Police Killing Trial

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By Alex Zimmerman | Vice.com January 26, 2016 When police officers kill civilians, the chances of criminal prosecution are vanishingly small. No charges were brought against the Cleveland cop who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, for instance, nor the New York City officer who used a banned chokehold maneuver on Eric Garner—even though both incidents were […]

Ex-Oklahoma officer gets 263 years for rapes, sex assaults

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By The Associated Press on January 21, 2016 at 4:51 PM, updated January 21, 2016 at 5:03 PM OKLAHOMA CITY — A former police officer convicted of raping and sexually victimizing women while on his beat in a low-income Oklahoma City neighborhood was ordered Thursday to spend the rest of his life in prison. Jurors […]

EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn NYPD cop in trouble after he gave prisoner back his phone — and suspect posted a video to Facebook while in custody

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BY Edgar Sandoval, Graham Rayman, Christina Carrega-woodby, Rocco Parascandola NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 9:36 AM This police officer’s good deed did not go unpunished. A Brooklyn cop is in hot water after he gave back a prisoner’s cellphone — and the suspect promptly took a video of himself ranting inside […]