State slowly scale back juvenile sex offender registries

After years of establishing and strengthening sex offender registries, some states are rethinking policies allowing juveniles to be placed on them. In states such as Oregon and Delaware, lawmakers have given judges more power to review who goes on the registry. In Pennsylvania, courts have ended lifetime registration for juveniles. Driving the changes are concerns […]

Racism and over policing tactics threaten futures of black college students

Black Male Students at Historically Black College Regularly Appear on Somerset County’s Court Dockets (Princess Anne, MD) – On October 23, 2015, the Somerset County Maryland District Court’s morning docket included nine cases, six of these involved African American men, all students at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) and all charged by UMES […]

Blacks receive death threats at Kean University!

UNION — An anonymous Twitter user sent messages threatening to shoot black students at Kean University Tuesday night, at the same time as students were holding a rally to raise awareness of racial unrest at college campuses. The user @keanuagainstblk began the series of tweets with a message around 10 p.m. that said “kean university twitter […]

Prisons, Pipelines and the Public Education System

In American society, every citizen has a role. Whether each individual is willingly receptive of their role, or not, their assignment is, undoubtedly, meant to benefit that which American society holds most dear to its heart. Even more so than our beloved freedom, our society upholds our system of capitalism. After all, the red, white […]

Soaring costs, social-science data drive slash in state-prison populations

By Nick Chiles Urban News Service As Earth’s most prolific jailer, America faces a thorny question: What do you do with millions of inmates when they return home? That challenge is at the heart of many bipartisan prison reforms that are sweeping the nation. Georgia recently tackled this issue. The staunchly Republican state has become […]

Democratic Texas state judge shot outside her home

AUSTIN, Texas — Authorities provided few details Saturday about the Texas state judge who was shot and wounded in the driveway of her Austin home. District Judge Julie Kocurek remained hospitalized with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. She was wounded shortly after 10 p.m. Friday upon returning to her home in the […]

We Need to Stop Calling the Cops on our Students

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Richland County Senior Deputy Sheriff Ben Fields seemed to think the only way he could get a young black girl out of her seat was to fling her across the room. His brutal attack on her was filmed by one of her classmates, and it’s a good thing he documented […]

Woman sentenced to life in prison plus 80 years for Killeen kidnapping and more

Linda Weston, 55, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today to life plus 80 years in prison.  Weston pleaded guilty on Sept. 15, 2015, to all charges in a racketeering and hate crimes case that involved holding disabled adults captive in locked closets, basements and attics in Philadelphia’s Tacony section and in other states. From approximately 2001 […]

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