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COVID-19 has spread like wildfire across the United States, including inside some of the nation’s prisons. Given the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions at many prisons, they are extremely susceptible to the rapid spread of a virus, especially one that is as easily transmitted as COVID-19. Incarcerated individuals don’t have the luxury of practicing social distancing,…

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The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the four Mississippi state prisons following a spate of inexplicable deaths and reports of deplorable and dangerous conditions. The Civil Rights Division of the DOJ will probe the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, the South Mississippi Correctional Institution, the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility and the…

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Former NFL superstars Clinton Portis, Joe Horn and multiple other ex-players have either been arrested, or soon will be, after allegedly defrauding the league’s retirement health care fund of millions of dollars, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. According to court documents obtained from the results of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, Portis…

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Rolling out first shared Carmen Johnson’s story in November 2015. Johnson is the former head of the Prince George’s County, Maryland, NAACP branch’s housing committee. She was convicted in February 2015 of conspiracy, wire fraud and making a false statement on a loan application, arising from two residential mortgage fraud schemes. Today, she shared with this…

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Ava DuVernay is on a winning streak. Just last week it was announced that the scorching hot director will be working on the “Queen Sugar” series with Oprah Winfrey, and now she’s been tapped to serve as executive producer and director for an upcoming pilot for CBS. The pilot, a drama titled “For Justice,” is about an FBI…

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The transgender equality movement has not only been about representation in the media and the arts, it’s also been about creating equal laws in our legal system for the transgender communities, which have been tragically underserved and disregarded by the law. However, the trans community scored a major win for equality this week when it…

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For the past two years of the Obama administration, the US Department of Justice has been waging a secret war in Texas. This war was against the white supremacist group “The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas” also known as the ABT.  This organization specialized in protection of white inmates in the Texas Prison System and later…

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As a seasoned trial attorney, Charles Coleman Jr. was not surprised by the not guilty verdict following the George Zimmerman trial even though he shared in many citizens’ disappointment. “The verdict is consistent with (Florida) law, but it’s not consistent with justice,” Coleman said. “And that’s the difficult thing for people to reconcile. That’s a…

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The NAACP, “outraged” over the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial, is demanding that the U.S. Department of Justice prosecute Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin. “We are outraged and heartbroken over today’s verdict,” NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said in a statement. “We will pursue civil rights charges with the Department of Justice, we…

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Six Books for Children of Incarcerated Parents More than seven times as many people are incarcerated in the United States than in all of Europe. And the racial composition of the state and federal prison population in the U.S. is grossly disproportionate with 44 percent of the prison population being African American and 35 percent…

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According to a new Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS poll, a large majority of voters in the all-important “swing” states of Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin — three key swing states that have adopted controversial voting laws over the last two years — back these measures and largely agree with conservatives that they are designed to prevent people…

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