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Sep 23, 2015 */ The Justice in Katrina's Wake blog series reflects on New Orleans' local incarceration practices, the movement to foster fairness in its criminal justice system, and efforts to increase safety for all communities. Minister Rosie Washington is the executive director of the Micah Project, a Pico...

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Sep 22, 2015 K.C. Haggard, a transgender woman, was stabbed to death in Fresno, California in late July in front of multiple people who did nothing to help her. K.C.’s was the eleventh homicide of a transgender or gender non-confirming (TGNC) person reported in 2015 by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). As of mid-September, that count has already reached 19—up 58 percent from the 12 reported in all of 2014.  In 2014, 80 percent of these victims...
Sep 18, 2015 The casting notice was looking for an actor to play an incarcerated person. But the casting agent wasn’t looking for just anybody—no, they had a specific category of actor in mind: One who looked “like a real prisoner.” Which begs the question: What does Hollywood think a “real prisoner” looks like? Jonathan Braylock, an actor and co-host of the Black Men Can’t Jump (In Hollywood) podcast, who received the casting notice, has a pretty good idea. “The only...

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Sep 15, 2015 When faced with the reality of the justice system’s impact on girls and the lack of reform efforts directed at girls’ unique pathways into the juvenile justice system, Russell Simmons—a longtime advocate for justice reform—acknowledged that he had not been paying close enough attention. “It is time to talk about our girls and criminal justice reform,” Simmons said in a recent Huffington Post blog post. “I have called for an end to mass incarceration...

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Sep 14, 2015 I learned this summer that New York families devastated by homicide are eligible to have the burial costs for their loved one paid for by victim services, but only if the deceased was an “innocent victim.” This means that if a victim were involved in illegal activity that led to his or her death, the family would not be eligible for these benefits. The implicit message of these requirements is clear: some lives matter more than others. The notion of an “...

Sep 11, 2015 On Thursday, Vice President Biden and Manhattan DA Cy Vance announced that they will put a combined $79 million toward addressing the vast number of untested rape kits that are held in crime labs and police agencies nationwide. However, these grants to more than 40 law enforcement agencies are expected to pay for just 70,000 kits—not nearly enough to clear the national backlog. How many untested kits are there? Nobody quite knows. One widely cited...

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Sep 10, 2015 Crime victims with disabilities—who routinely face significant access-related barriers to justice—experience additional and unique obstacles when an unrealistic standard of “innocent victimhood” is applied. The myth that there are expectations of what victims of sexual assault and domestic violence should do and how they should respond results in greater disparity in the pursuit of criminal justice for the millions of people with disabilities and Deaf...

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