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Criminal Justice Journalism in the Public Interest

Last Build Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2018 23:23:14 +0000


Teaching peaceful conflict resolution transforms lives for Both UCLA students & former South LA gang members

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:13:47 +0000

by Joanie Harmon The police officer walks across the room and approaches a pair of men having a disagreement. “I need to check some ID.” “First of all, I don’t have my ID with me,” one of the men responds. “I see you got a badge,” the other man says as he waves his arm, […]

Innocence Project Says DOJ is Turning Dangerously Away From Ensuring that Forensic Testimony is Guided by Science Not Law Enforcement & Prosecutors

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:10:17 +0000

Fifty-five-year-old Jimmy Genrich of Grand Junction, Colorado, has been in prison for nearly 25 years for series of bombings he has long said he did not commit. His conviction for the bombings that terrified residents of Grand Junction was based primarily on something called explosives toolmark analysis, a pattern-matching process akin to the controversial art […]

“Get Out!” Report Breaks Down Black Male Suspensions During 2016-2017 School Year

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:27:04 +0000

A new study of race and school discipline in California counties has revealed that the black male student suspension rate decreased 5 percent between the 2011-2012 and 2016-2017 school years—from 17.8 percent of all black boys to 12.8 percent. Racial disparities remain intact, however. Black boys’ 12.8 percent suspension rate during the last school year […]

Nearly a Quarter of Confined Juveniles Nationwide Held for Noncriminal Infractions

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:59:27 +0000

Percentage of youth in residential facilities for truancy, running away, or supervision violations increases.

Loyola Law School Opens a Social Justice Legal Clinic for Those Who Need Post Conviction “Second Chances”

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 04:37:40 +0000

“The moments when people need us the most are the moments when we have to be found,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti last Wednesday afternoon to a crowd of lawyers, judges, law students, and others who had gathered in a large courtyard at the bright-colored Frank Gehry-designed Loyola Law School campus. “Today we’re offering […]

Happy President’s Day 2018

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:31:30 +0000

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” George Washington, 1783 Ever since July 13, 2015, when the musical Hamilton premiered at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway, we’ve had songs celebrating our nation’s founders—namely Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and […]

Can Police Change Their Mindset From Warriors to Guardians?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:00:17 +0000

By Stephen Handelman If cops provided first aid to individuals they shoot, regardless of the reason for the shooting, would that change the festering hostility towards law enforcement in America’s at-risk communities? Soon after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Tulsa last September, a Los Angeles officer told criminologist Lawrence Sherman […]

LA County Supes Seek Better Care and Outcomes for Pregnant and Post-Partum Incarcerated Women and Girls and Their Babies

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:00:22 +0000

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to identify ways to better support pregnant women and girls in the county’s jails and juvenile lockups. The motion, authored by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn, directs the Department of Health Services and the sheriff’s department, in coordination with other relevant county departments to […]


Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:08:51 +0000

According to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, 17 people, both kids and adults, have now been confirmed dead in the mass shooting on Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Fourteen or more were injured. The alleged shooter, a 19-year-old ex student, has been arrested. According to those who have […]

LASD Civilian Commission Calls for 37 More Mental Evaluation Teams to De-Escalate Mental Health Crises

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:43:09 +0000

On Thursday, the civilian commission overseeing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is slated to present its final report assessing the sheriff’s Mental Evaluation Teams (MET) program. The report recommends the LASD increase the number of MET teams from 23 to 60. MET teams—comprised of a specially trained sheriff’s deputy and a Department of Mental […]