Bill Gives Calif. Youthful Offenders Second Chance

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SACRAMENTO — Criminals serving long prison sentences for offenses they committed as teenagers would have an earlier chance for freedom under a bill working its way through the Legislature. The bill by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, expands on legislation signed into law last year that gives a second chance to inmates who committed murder before […]

How Do We Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline?

Edward Ward, a graduate of Orr Academy High School in Chicago, Ill. (left) testifies during the "Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline" Senate subcommittee hearing on December 12, 2012 as Andrew Coulson, director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute looks on. (Freddie Allen/NNPA)

WASHINGTON – In schools today, Black students get suspended at a rate that is more than triple the rate of their White classmates. As the uneven enforcement of zero tolerance policies disconnect minority students from their schools, juvenile detention centers and, in some cases, adult prisons welcome them with open arms. Data collected by the […]

New Study Shows That Blacks Pay More to Get Out of Jail on Bail

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WASHINGTON – Blacks 18 to 29 years-old pay more to get out of jail than Whites and Latinos in a system that costs taxpayers more than $9 billion annually, a recent study shows. In “Bail Fail: Why the U.S. should end the practice of using money for bail,” the Justice Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based […]