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For-profit prison companies foster ‘Treatment Industrial Complex’

As cash-strapped state and local governments shift resources from incarceration to treatment for individuals convicted of low-level drug crimes, for-profit prison companies are following the money and potentially “undermining efforts to treat and rehabilitate prisoners,”

Blacks irate by grand jury decision not to indict

Long after the St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert M. McCulloch announced Officer Darren Wilson will not be prosecuted in connection with the killing of unarmed Ferguson, Missouri, teenager Michael Brown and burning tempers and flames had subsided, African American leaders ...

Ferguson: Activists unite for change

As the world waits to see if the jury will indict police Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, activist organizations and coalitions have joined forces in the city and across the nation to reveal a deeper ...

John Doar, a different kind of civil rights champion

Though many Whites were active in civil rights, few were as influential as John Doar, the legendary lawyer and civil rights champion, who died recently at the age of 92.

Feds to create wrongful convictions unit

U.S. attorneys across the nation are professional prosecutors, making sure criminals are locked up for their crimes. Beginning this fall, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia will take on a new and very different role as it ...

Blacks ‘unbank’ at higher rates than Whites

When it comes to cashing checks and other financial transactions, Blacks are “unbanked” at much higher rates than Whites, according to a new report by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Black Press of America launches hashtag campaign

The National Newspaper Publishers Association, also known as the Black Press of America, is a 74-year-old federation of more than 200 Black community newspapers from across the United States. The Black Press has been a voice for and to African ...

Civil rights groups rally voters for Nov. 4 elections

As voters prepare to cast ballots in the first federal general election since the United States Supreme Court shredded a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with the Shelby County v. Holder decision, civil rights groups are ...

Civil rights groups rally voters for Nov. 4 elections

As voters prepare to cast ballots in the first federal general election since the United States Supreme Court shredded a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with the Shelby County v. Holder decision, civil rights groups are ...

Housing segregation’s role in Ferguson tragedy

The shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri, by Darren Wilson, a White police officer, was as much the product of a century of housing segregation spurred by federal, state and local policies as longstanding ...

Hundreds march to Ferguson police station

Clergy members led several hundred people on a march Monday, using a bullhorn to read the names of people killed by police nationwide, in the Missouri city where protesters have been unremitting since an unarmed 18-year-old Black man was fatally ...

Blacks, Latinos commit less crime than perceived

Racial perceptions of crime are a key cause of the severity of punishment in the United States, officials from the Sentencing Project in Northwest have concluded.

Black women challenge NFL on domestic violence

As the National Football League continues to grapple with its policies on domestic violence and sexual assault, Black women have stepped forward to ensure the NFL gets it right this time.

Supreme Court could scuttle critical fair housing rule

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Oct. 2 that it will take up a key enforcement tool used to address systemic discrimination under the Fair Housing Act.

DOJ urged to stay focused on police killings

Officials from the National Action Network, the National Urban League, the National Bar Association, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups have urged the Department of Justice to ...

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