Tag: Criminal Justice

There’s No Fixing Rikers. Close It and Let People Go.

The pandemic offered a roadmap: Last year, the city dramatically reduced the numbers of people held at Rikers in response to Covid-19, a push mirrored in local jails around the country. In New York, the call for decarceration has been most forceful coming not only from critics of mass incarceration, but from the self-identified socialists […]

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From Exonerated 5 To Public Office? Dr. Yusef Salaam May Run For State Office

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Bloomberg / Getty Dr. Yusef Salaam is reportedly considering a run for state Senate according to the New York Daily News. Friday, the outlet reported that Salaam, 47, wants to serve Harlem in the New York state legislature. Salaam hasn’t announced his intent to run, but he tweeted the Daily News article. He […]

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Martinsville 7 Are Pardoned by Virginia 70 Years After Execution for Rape

Seven Black men who were executed 70 years ago for the rape of a white woman were posthumously pardoned on Tuesday by Virginia’s governor, who said that the group, known as the Martinsville Seven, was denied due process because of race. In a meeting with descendants of several of the men in Richmond, Va., Gov. […]

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As Shootings Increase, N.Y.C Returns to Disputed Tactic: Gang Takedowns

But the crossfire between the Hoolies and their rivals have continued. A recent gun battle between them left eight people wounded at a party in the Roosevelt Houses, considered Hoolies territory, the police said. Critics of gang takedowns say they create a void that others eventually fill, something proponents concede. Instead of rounding up dozens […]

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The Gun-Touting McCloskeys Got Pardoned. These Black Men Didn’t.

Armed homeowners Mark T. and Patricia N. McCloskey stand in front their house along Portland Place as they confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house Sunday, June 28, 2020, in the Central West End of St. Louis. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) Want the best of VICE News […]

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If You Get the COVID Vaccine, You Can Skip Community Service, Judge Says

A prisoner mowing a lawn for community service. (ftwitty/GettyImages) Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Some people on probation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, are being allowed to get a COVID-19 vaccine instead of completing their court-mandated community service hours.  Advertisement 19th Judicial District Court Judge Fred Crifasi in […]

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Ed Buck Found Guilty of Giving Meth to Black Men Who Overdosed During ‘Party and Play’ Sessions

Ed Buck appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for arraignment September 19, 2019 arrested and charged with operating a drug house, with prosecutors calling him a violent sexual predator who preys on men struggling with addiction and homelessness. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Ed Buck, a wealthy donor to Democratic candidates, […]

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Former Houston Cop Charged With Aggravated Assault for Allegedly Beating Handcuffed Man

Photo: Jaromir Chalabala (Shutterstock) A grand jury indicted a former Houston Cop on a felony assault charge stemming from a 2019 incident where he allegedly assaulted a handcuffed man and threatened to shoot him. Advertisement NBC News reports a Harris County grand jury indicted Lucas Vieria on a count of felony aggravated assault by a […]

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Man on Racist Rant Told People to Show Up at His House. So They Did.

Police escort Edward Cagney Mathews through a crowd of people who had gathered outside his Mount Laurel, N.J., home, Monday, July 5, 2021. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. If you’re going to go on a racist rant against your neighbor, don’t do […]

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The Empire State Strikes Back

Thursday’s indictments marked the first public results from a years-long investigation into the Trump Organization by Vance’s office. The Manhattan district attorney’s inquiry remained a potent legal peril for Trump and his family even after other high-profile investigations fizzled out thanks to the jurisdictional and political forces at play. Both Vance and his successor, who […]

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Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg Charged With 15 Felonies, Including Tax Fraud

Former President Donald Trump attends a border security briefing to discuss further plans in securing the southern border wall on June 30, 2021 in Weslaco, Texas. Trump was not named in the indictment against the Trump Organization.  (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images) Former President Trump’s new legal nightmare just took a turn for the worse.  State prosecutors […]

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The Betrayal of Justice That Set Bill Cosby Free

Though Castor didn’t bother contacting Constand in 2005, he heard from her when she sued him for defamation in October 2015, just before the election that Castor would go on to lose. The month before, her attorneys published an open letter to Castor, demanding an apology from him for accusing her of making inconsistent statements […]

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The Trump Organization and Longtime CFO Were Just Indicted

In this Jan. 11, 2017, file photo, Allen Weisselberg, center, stands between President-elect Donald Trump, left, and Donald Trump Jr., at a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) Former President Trump’s family business just got criminally indicted.  A grand jury in Manhattan indicted the Trump Organization […]

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Prisoners Sent Home Because of Covid May Have to Go Back

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Ever since she was sent to a sober living facility six months ago, part of a mass release of nonviolent prisoners to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, Wendy Hechtman has tried to do all the right things. She is making up for lost time with her children, one of […]

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Rep. Ayanna Pressley: We Need to Talk About Healing and Liberation for Black Students

Photo: Michael Jung (Shutterstock) Since 1866, Juneteenth has centered radical joy and serves as a reminder of what is at stake, and how critical our movements for liberation are. Advertisement As we continue to reflect on the emancipation of our ancestors and hold space for our joy, we must reflect on the work that remains […]

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Bragg Holds Lead in Manhattan District Attorney Primary

Three candidates without prosecutorial experience — Tahanie Aboushi, Eliza Orlins and Dan Quart — ran to the left of Ms. Farhadian Weinstein and Mr. Bragg, arguing that the office required fundamental change that no candidate with prosecutorial experience could deliver. That position ran counter to the messaging of Mr. Bragg, as well as a fellow […]

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Grand Jury Declines to Indict Officers in Death of Black Man Restrained in Jail

A grand jury in Texas has declined to indict eight former jailers on criminal charges in the death of Marvin Scott III, a 26-year-old Black man who died after being restrained and pepper-sprayed at the Collin County jail in March. Greg Willis, the Collin County district attorney, said in a statement on Tuesday that the […]

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Can Criminal Justice Reform Survive a Wave of Violent Crime?

City leaders today have ways to address this ambivalence that were simply not available in the 1970s. While people in higher-crime neighborhoods may hold complex and ambivalent views about the police, they understandably want someone to rein in the violence their communities face. Traditionally, law enforcement has shouldered that task, but we understand better now […]

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Los Angeles Just Elected a Liberal D.A. He’s Already Facing a Recall Effort.

Los Angeles, under Mr. Gascón’s predecessor, Jackie Lacey, maintained a more punitive approach to crime, and in recent years sent people to state prison at four times the rate of San Francisco. Mr. Gascón, who won the office from Ms. Lacey by a wide margin in November, speaks often about how, as an officer, he […]

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U.K. Justice System Has Failed Rape Victims, Government Says

LONDON — Thousands of rape and sexual assault victims have been failed by the criminal justice system, according to a British government review released Friday that cited a dramatic fall in convictions in England and Wales in recent years, prompting an apology from government ministers. In an interview with the BBC, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland […]

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Justice Sotomayor, the Supreme Court’s Truth Teller

She added: “Most egregiously, the court barely references the ratio’s real-world impact and disregards the fact that ‘as the racial effects of mandatory minimums and the crack/cocaine disparity became apparent, the Congressional Black Caucus came together in unanimous and increasingly vocal opposition to the law.’ ” That quotation came from the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Locking […]

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No Prosecutorial Experience? These D.A. Candidates Say That’s an Asset.

The only two men who have led the Manhattan district attorney’s office over the last 45 years were scions of the establishment, leading the country’s most prominent local prosecutor’s office with a traditional emphasis on fighting crime. Yet Eliza Orlins, Tahanie Aboushi and Dan Quart, three candidates running to be the next district attorney, have […]

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Lucy Lang Sought Change at the Manhattan D.A.’s Office. Now She Wants to Lead It.

Even as her cases became more intense — she started working murder trials in 2013 — Ms. Lang’s ambitions for improving the office became grander. After she won a wiretap case against 35 people for selling angel dust, heroin and cocaine, she successfully pitched the office’s leadership team on a program promoting alternatives to incarceration […]

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A Cop Just Pleaded Guilty to Sending Himself Nudes From a Detained Woman’s Phone

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. A Minnesota state trooper apparently thought he could get away with sending himself nude images of a woman whose phone he had access to during a traffic stop. But thanks to a chance discovery by the woman’s significant other, the now-former law enforcement […]

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Illinois Lawmakers Bar Police From Using Deception When Interrogating Minors

State Senator Robert Peters, a Chicago Democrat who sponsored the bill, said in a statement that a disproportionate number of wrongful convictions had involved young Black people who had been convicted after the Chicago Police lied to them during questioning. He called Chicago “the wrongful conviction capital of the nation.” One of several cases cited […]

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Bill Bratton Discusses Police Reform With Maureen Dowd

“Sweet Alice brought police and community together at every one of her events in Watts,” recalls Bratton. “She provided an atmosphere, particularly for the children, where the police could be seen in a very different way, after 50 years of only seeing the police locking up brothers and fathers.” As an adviser to Bratton, Rice […]

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Can the Politics of Police Reform Survive the Crime Rates of Our Pandemic Year?

Perhaps the best survey of what’s happening with murders right now comes from the Center for Criminal Justice, which has issued regular reports on crime rates during COVID-19. Their most recent report in March draws upon data from more than two dozen major U.S. cities where data was available. It found a substantial increase in […]

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Why Did Cops Think This Guy’s Daughter’s Ashes Were Meth or MDMA?

A screenshot from police bodycam video of Dartavius Barnes after he was detained by police on April 6, 2020. (Springfield Police Department/WICS ABC) Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Dartavius Barnes was sitting in the back of a police car in Springfield, Illinois, following a traffic stop last April, when […]

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How a Secretive Legal Process Protects Police From Charges

Her voice heavy with emotion, Letitia James, New York’s attorney general, stepped onto a church dais in Rochester in February to announce that a grand jury had declined to indict the police officers who were involved in the death of a Black man in their custody. “I’m disappointed — extremely disappointed,” Ms. James said. Her […]

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