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The Federal Government is Quietly Backing Out of Its Promise to Phase Out Private Prisons

November 28, 2016 Critics have long denounced private prisons in the US as unsafe, inefficient and at times, inhumane. Those critics, who include inmates and activists, seemed to find a powerful ally earlier this year when the Department of Justice announced it would phase out its use of private prisons for federal prisoners....

In 2016 Elections, Americans Voted to Execute More People

November 9, 2016 In the last decade, America has been rapidly moving away from the death penalty; there were just 35 executions in 2014, compared to 98 in 1999. Then the 2016 election happened. California has a broken capital punishment system: out of 1,039 convicted murderers with death sentences, only 13 have been...

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Everything That Could Go Wrong on Election Day

November 4, 2016 In this unpredictable campaign season, it’s hard to foresee what Election Day 2016 itself will look like. But many signs are worrying. The Republican nominee has essentially called for voter intimidation, and his supporters are taking up arms. Violence at the voting booth is a real possibility. Thousands of voters...

This Major Police Organization Just Formally Apologized for “Historical Mistreatment” of Minorities

October 18, 2016 The head of a major police organization has apologized to communities of color for the role police officers have historically had in their discrimination, particularly in the United States. Terrence Cunningham, who is the chief of police in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police...

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Politicians Who Debate Hillary Clinton Have a History of Falling into an Obvious Trap

September 23, 2016 For her entire public life, Hillary Clinton has lived in a world whose rules and dynamics are dictated by men. Running for president is no different, except the stakes are that much higher. While Clinton has been engaged in a lifelong fight against gender discrimination, there has been one kind...

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Who Will the Police Back in the Presidential Election?

August 22, 2016 Hillary Clinton met behind closed doors with top law enforcement officials on Thursday, August 18 at a time of particularly tense relations between police and the public, following several police shootings this summer and killings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge. They will be discussing the “challenges and...

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Private Prison Firms Are Still Running U.S. Immigration Detention Centers

August 19, 2016 The US Department of Justice will phase out for-profit prisons for federal inmates, it announced yesterday. But although the United States’ private prison industry took a hit with the news, it won’t disappear anytime soon. Large prison companies run not only federal prisons, but also state prisons. Through contracts with...

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Is Ivanka Trump Donald’s Actual First Lady?

July 22, 2016 Cleveland – In a crude joke, Donald Trump famously said that he would date his daughter Ivanka if they were not related. In a twisted way, the presidential campaign shows that this remark was somewhat prescient. Ivanka is Trump’s advisor, confidante, has been named his “secret weapon,” and was floated...

Baton Rouge D.A. Recuses Himself From Alton Sterling Investigation

July 11, 2016 The investigation into the killing of Alton Sterling by two police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on July 5 will now entirely be out of local hands, after the local police department and the district attorney recused themselves from the case. During a press conference on July 11, East Baton...

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The United States Has Taken in Only 17% of the Syrian Refugees It Pledged This Year

May 11, 2016 Barack Obama pledged in September 2015 that the US would resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the fiscal year. But at the current glacial pace of the resettlement process, it doesn’t look like the administration will make the goal: So far, the US has taken in only 1,736...