Victims' rights, firearms restrictions, civil rights for returning citizens, mandatory mental health training for police-and, once again, marijuana legalization- are all on state ballots for next month's midterm elections.
Belton "Money Rock" Platt, a young, flamboyant drug dealer in Charlotte, N.C., spent 20 years in prison before emerging to become a minister. In a new book, journalist Pam Kelley places his life story in the context of generations of southern racism, and in a chat with TCR she explains why such stories remain painfully relevant today.
One hundred teenagers pack into a courtroom at a Dallas, Texas District Court. But the teens aren't in legal trouble. They are participating in an after-school program aimed at keeping them out of the criminal justice system. Some reluctant teens are unengaged, fiddling with their cellphones.
The national prison strike that ended Sunday appears to have escaped the attention of most of the country's lawmakers. Members of Congress responsible for national prison policy admitted to not knowing anything about the 19-day strike that began last month.
A full-priced single ride on public transit costs New Yorkers $2.75. The price is double that if there is a return trip. And for those working five days a week, a single-ride commute on public transit comes to $110 a month.
The movement to stop the controversial Dakota Access pipeline through financial activism took an important step forward today, as the Seattle City Council voted 9-0 to approve a bill that terminates a valuable city contract with Wells Fargo. The bank, one of the largest in the United States, has provided more than $450 million in credit to the companies building the pipeline.
Richard Rothstein, a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute, said Thursday that systemic residential segregation continues to have a corrosive effect on U.S. justice. Calling for a resurgent civil rights movement in a speech at John Jay College, he charged the biggest obstacle to change was the Trump administration.
Sex traffickers prey on poor and urban neighborhoods near highways and cheap motels, according to researchers at Texas State University, who examined "clusters" of trafficking arrests in Austin. The researchers say their findings support criminologists' theories that the presence of a particular crime may depend on the physical makeup of a community.
For over a decade, Detroit has been at the center of the country's urban farm movement. The gardens and farms established on the city's vacant land are a practical answer to both poverty and blight. Now, urban bees are moving in. That's obviously a good thing for the city farms, but it's also helping with the blight.
While Scott Pruitt was the attorney general of Oklahoma, he sued the Environmental Protection Agency 14 times, mostly to dispute the agency's right to regulate climate-altering emissions. Last week, Pruitt was confirmed by the Senate to head the EPA and swiftly announced his plan to revoke the Clean Power Plan, a policy enacted by the Obama administration to combat global warming.
Dwight Roston is drilling on the roof of a home in Detroit's Islandview neighborhood on the city's east side. Roston is part of a team that is setting up a wireless internet connection. The home is just one of 150 designated households in the city to receive free internet service by the end of the year.
The United States has the world's highest incarceration rate, with more than 2.2 million people in prison. And within the United States, the highest incarceration rate belongs to Washington, D.C. There, a new worker-owned business cooperative hopes to reverse those numbers, offering former prisoners opportunities for employment and healing.
Researcher Abaki Beck, 23, has vivid childhood memories of helping her mother, grandmothers, and aunts pick traditional foods and medicines on the Blackfeet Nation in northwest Montana. Because her great-grandmother passed down her vast knowledge of the tribe's traditions, Beck learned the importance of eating these foods at an early age.
Although voting-age millennials outnumbered baby boomers for the first time in the 2016 election, fewer voted last year than in 2012. And because millennials have the potential to sway elections for the next several decades, there's incessant pressure on the younger generation to become more politically engaged.