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We want very specific things from our criminal justice system: safe streets, low crime, the correct people in jail and low-level, nonviolent offenders out of jail. It seems a small request, but even before 14-year old Emmett Till was lynched for allegedly saying “bye, baby” to a White woman at a store in Mississippi, our…

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“I felt a great disturbance in the Force as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.” Perhaps Michelle Alexander, the highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, author, advocate, and legal scholar knows the feeling expressed by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: A New Hope.…

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The Justice Department’s Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced plans to end its use of private prisons in a memo instructing officials to either decline to renew or substantially reduce the scope of contracts with private prison operators, citing a critical report that private prisons are less safe and less effective at providing correctional services…

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Thus far, in the New World, African Americans have been able to survive the voyage during the Middle Passage, slavery, lynchings, Jim Crow and second-class citizenship in America. Although, on the surface, the appearance of change in the form of open acceptance and material gain is projected, this may not actually be the case for African American men. Historically,…

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