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Race and Poverty

May 22, 2015
Terror lynching played a key role in the forced migration of millions of black Americans out of the South. Thousands of people fled to the North...
May 19, 2015
Twenty-one-year-old Tuskegee Institute student activist Samuel Younge Jr. spent January 3, 1966, registering black voters in Macon County, Alabama...
May 13, 2015
Student leaders at the University of Texas in Austin are seeking to remove from their campus a statue of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis, which...

Children in Prison

May 29, 2015
This week, Nevada abolished life without parole sentences for children, joining a growing list of states to reject harsh and excessive sentences for...
May 15, 2015
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin yesterday signed into law a bill abolishing juvenile life without parole.
May 4, 2015
In schools across the country, police continue to arrest students for minor disciplinary infractions, especially children of color and those with...

Mass Incarceration

May 11, 2015
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón last week announced an expanded inquiry into biases in the city's police and sheriff's departments. Mr...
May 8, 2015
The United States Department of Justice this month renewed its call for the federal Bureau of Prisons to speed up the release of more elderly and...
April 29, 2015
The FBI formally acknowledged this month that, for decades, nearly every examiner in its microscopic hair comparison unit gave flawed testimony...

Death Penalty

May 27, 2015
The United States Supreme Court in 1976 concluded that “evolving standards of decency” in the country tolerated the death penalty. In recent years...
May 26, 2015
"Capital punishment must be permanently halted, without exception," former chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court Norman Fletcher said last week...
May 20, 2015
Nebraska's legislature yesterday passed a bill to abolish the death penalty. The state's unicameral legislature passed bill LB268, which would...