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Brennan Center Report details 15 different executive actions to reduce mass incarceration

The Brennan Center for Justice has created 15 executive actions that President Obama can carry out without Congress to reduce mass incarceration. The report, “15 Executive Actions” consists of the following recommendations. 

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After nearly 25 years behind bars, innocent man walks free

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After nearly completing a 25-year sentence for murder, an innocent man will win a bittersweet victory Tuesday when he is expected to walk free. Brooklyn native Jonathan Fleming, 51, served 24 years for allegedly shooting and killing 22-year-old Darryl Rush outside an apartment building in 1989. 

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Teen hospitalized after police assault, says he did nothing wrong

A former high school student who was assaulted by three Pittsburgh police officers in 2010 said that he did nothing wrong during testimony on Thursday. Jordan Miles, who is black, filed a civil rights lawsuit. He claims the officers, who are white, wrongfully arrested him and used excessive force. 

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Music video calls attention to story of Leon Ford

Late last year, we reported the story of Leon Ford, a Pittsburgh teen who was shot by police during a routine traffic stop. No drugs or weapons were found on Ford. Ford is paralyzed and faces up to 20 years in prison for the incident. 

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Lawmakers support changes to ‘stand your ground’ law in Florida

A legislative committee in Florida took a major step toward clarifying the state’s much debated “stand your ground” defense on Monday. The committee approved restrictions on its use and clarified that the statute does not permit “vigilantism” by neighborhood watch activists. 

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Free Marissa: Color of Change calls for firing of Florida State Prosecutor Angela Corey

Marissa Alexander remains free on bond pending a new trial regarding the firing of a warning shot over the head of her abusive husband. The case has garnered national attention, with not just Florida’s stand your ground law at the forefront, but also Alexander’s story. The domestic violence survivor and mother of three was sentenced […]

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Report: blacks, students with disabilities suspended from school at alarming rates

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According to a set of reports by 26 experts, African-American students and those suffering from disabilities are suspended at “hugely disproportionate rates compared to white students.” The report was compiled by the Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative, which includes experts from fields such as advocacy, policy, social science and law. 

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Attorney General Eric Holder pushes for lower sentences for drug offenses

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder endorsed a proposal that would result in shorter prison sentences for many nonviolent drug offenses. Holder says the change would rein in runaway federal prison cost and create a fairer criminal justice system. 

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Events

Cafe Society to host Stand Your Ground talk in light of Dunn verdict

The Cafe Society in Chicago will be meeting on Wednesday, March 12 at Ron’s Barber Shop 6058 W North Ave. at 5pm and Friday March 14 at NiteCap Coffee Bar 1738 W 18th St. at 6pm to discuss the implications of the controversial Stand Your Ground law. This is community conversation, set to take place […]

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Texas man wrongfully convicted of rape receives a posthumous exoneration, statue erected in his honor

A Texas man who was wrongfully convicted of a 1986 rape will be honored with statue in the town. Timothy Brian Cole was sentenced to 25 years in prison after being identified in a lineup by Texas Tech University rape victim Michele Mallin. He died 13 yeas into his sentence, but maintained his innocence til […]

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