Tag: justice department

Some prisoners are forced to pay for incarceration

Some prisoners are forced to pay for incarceration

| June 5, 2015 | Reply

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–More than 40 states allow prison and jails to charge inmates “pay to stay” fees, according to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice, a debt burden that reaps billions of dollars for state and local jurisdictions, and disproportionately affects black inmates and ex-offenders. The Justice […]

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Nation awaits autopsy in possible lynching in Mississippi

Nation awaits autopsy in possible lynching in Mississippi

| April 3, 2015

By Cyril Josh Barker Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News Mississippi was the site of one-third of all lynchings that occurred in the United States in 1925 and was the epicenter of some of the nation’s most heinous race crimes. At the time, the NAACP was mobilizing to urge the U.S. […]

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Systematic racism in America

Systematic racism in America

| March 18, 2015

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) report on the Ferguson, Mo. Police Department sheds a brighter light on a serious racial injustice malignancy that is not isolated or unique to that besieged city. What the Justice Department concluded in Ferguson, after months of intense investigation, exposes a systematic […]

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Ferguson increased revenue by targeting blacks

Ferguson increased revenue by targeting blacks

| March 12, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–The Justice Department’s recent investigation of the Ferguson, Mo. Police Department not only revealed widespread racism in its operation, but described how poor blacks were targeted to boost the sagging revenues of small municipalities. “Ferguson police officers issued nearly 50 percent more citations in the last year […]

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Obama Stands By Report on Ferguson, Missouri Police Bias Against Blacks

Obama Stands By Report on Ferguson, Missouri Police Bias Against Blacks

| March 6, 2015

While this report is sure to anger many, particularly in the law enforcement community, many others, especially in “minority” communities will see it as vindication and proof that repeated reports of police abuse and violation of citizens’ constitutional rights by police agencies is not just paranoid ramblings. In fact, some in the police community have […]

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Rape and the myth of ‘the strong black woman’

Rape and the myth of ‘the strong black woman’

| February 10, 2015

A woman gets raped every two minutes in the U.S. According to the U.S. Justice Department, nearly one of every five black women–19 percent–are raped each year. Many experts suspect those figures severely understate the problem. For example, research by the Black Women’s Blueprint Inc., a New York City-based civil and human rights organization of […]

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Attorney General Eric Holder seeks better educational opportunities for imprisoned juveniles

Attorney General Eric Holder seeks better educational opportunities for imprisoned juveniles

| December 21, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) –In an effort to provide sufficient educational opportunities for incarcerated youth,  the Department of Justice and the Department of Education have released a joint corrections guidance for state educational agencies, a move expected to help black youth, a group confined to juvenile correctional facilities at higher […]

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Feds end ‘corruption-fueled spending spree’ by West African leader’s son

Feds end ‘corruption-fueled spending spree’ by West African leader’s son

| October 19, 2014

(GIN)–In its pursuit of so-called foreign kleptocrats who drain billions of dollars a year from impoverished countries for lives of luxury abroad, the U.S. Dept of Justice this week enjoyed one small victory in court. Teodorin Nguema Obiang, second vice president of Equatorial Guinea and son of the President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, finally lost […]

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Justice Department urged to stay focused on police killings

Justice Department urged to stay focused on police killings

| October 4, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–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 (ACLU) and other civil rights groups have urged the Justice Department to remain focused on the deaths of Michael […]

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Walking while black: Michael Brown, black men and white police officers

Walking while black: Michael Brown, black men and white police officers

| August 20, 2014

By Ishmael Sistrunk Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American I understand. Violence and looting have ripped apart North County since the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. It was disheartening to watch as young children were ushered into stores through broken glass windows to grab free trinkets. […]

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