Criminal Justice

As graduations go, the one held last Saturday morning at LeMoyne-Owen College’s Little Theatre had an element of redemption. Centerstage were graduates of the 2019 Shelby County Office of Re-Entry program. “We are just so proud of these graduates, 91 in total, and two-thirds of which have already secured a...
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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi will take steps to close part of a state prison that has been rocked by deadly violence and beset by longstanding problems such as broken toilets and moldy showers, Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday in his first State of the...
A little over a week ago, the activist group Until Freedom, traveled from New York City to Jackson, Mississippi, in an effort to seek justice for the inmates in the Mississippi State Penitentiary
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By JEFF AMY and EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The leader of Mississippi's underfunded prison system was pleading with lawmakers for money to hire more guards and pay them better in 2012 when he warned, "I see trouble down the road." Christopher Epps, a longtime Mississippi Department...
By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE — One African American defendant was forced by a judge to represent himself at trial. Another was shackled in front of an all-white jury during a sentencing hearing. And a third black defendant facing the death penalty is intellectually disabled. Those are some of the...
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By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press The first black woman named to lead Philadelphia's troubled police department pledged to be a "conduit" between the community and police and to address the racist and sexist tensions dividing the force. Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney named Portland Chief Danielle Outlaw to the job on Monday,...
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Jamie Foxx’s performance in Just Mercy has earned him the Spotlight Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. As TheGrio previously reported, in the fact-based courtroom drama, Foxx plays Walter McMillian, a death row inmate accused of murdering a white woman, but insists he’s innocent. Michael B. Jordan portrays...
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By MICHAEL BALSAMO and COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — The Justice Department announced a crackdown Wednesday aimed at driving down violent crime in seven of the nation's most violent cities. Attorney General William Barr released details of the initiative known as Operation Relentless Pursuit at a news conference in Detroit...
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By REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court hears arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of Mississippi laws that permanently bar certain felons from voting unless they can get their rights restored through what advocates say is a difficult process. Six convicted felons are pushing to have their...
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Although the heinous 2016 police shooting only garnered marginal national attention, eight judges refused to try the case. The trial venue was changed from a majority-black city to a rural, mostly white county…in Alabama. The defendant was a white cop who shot and killed a black man...in Alabama. Still,...