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Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division: Katrina Follow-up Announcement on Danzinger Bridge Shooting

Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Danziger Bridge, New Orleans, where shooting took place after Katrina. The Justice Department announced today that five officers from the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) were sentenced in connection with the federal civil rights prosecution of a police-involved shooting that occurred on the Danziger Bridge in the days after […]

Mississippi Scott Sisters Update: Fellow Prisoner Collapses, Dies: Had Just Questioned Her Medical Care

Jamie and Gladys Scott, Mississippi Inmates, $11 Robbery (Ed. Note. Learn more about the Scott Sisters at the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission blog.) Update From: nattyreb Subject: [scottsistersupdates] !*CHECK IT: 5/5 SCOTT SISTERS UPDATE!To: “Evelyn Rasco” Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 12:28 PM Mrs. Rasco received word that last evening a 13 yr. friend of Jamie […]

New Prison Study: Race and Racism Placed at Center of Why U.S. Imprisons So Many of Its Citizens

AlterNet / By Liliana Segura Two criminologists have concluded, in a new study investigating public attitudes behind harsh sentencing, that the warehousing of African Americans and other minorities is no accident. Rather, “racial resentments are inextricably entwined in public punitiveness.” In other words, racism and the rise of “tough on crime” policies go hand in […]

For Jamie Scott, an $11 Robbery in Mississippi May Carry a Death Sentence

On February 25, a small crowd gathered outside the state capitol in Jackson, Mississippi, to push for the release of sisters Jamie and Gladys Scott, who are serving two consecutive life sentences apiece for a 1993 armed robbery in which no one was injured and the take, by most accounts, was about $11. Supporters of […]