“The standard adage teaches hard cases make bad laws…. I fear that these cases suggest a corollary: Shocking cases make too much law.” — Justice Sonya Sotomayor, January 2016 In words that time will deem historic and progressive, Justice Sotomayor offered an insightful dissent last month in the Supreme Court’s review of Utah vs Strieff. […]
Category: Criminal Justice
On the Fourth of July, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, president, CEO, and founder of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, tackled the reality of our country’s exclusionary Declaration of Independence in her op-ed, “A Declaration of Inclusion on Independence Day.” But, in the following days, we were reminded yet again that the “inalienable rights” our country’s […]
On June 12, 2016, a horrific attack at Pulse, a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, left 49 innocent people dead and 53 more wounded. Two key factors in this mass shooting warrant special attention: it occurred on Latin night at a gay bar. However, at the height of news coverage on the incident, the intersectionality of […]
In the most unlikely of pairs, first-term Senators Corey Booker and Rand Paul, have teamed up to introduce a measure that will create a comprehensive overhaul of the US Criminal Justice system. The legislation, called the Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment (REDEEM Act), was introduced Tuesday, July 8th.
Pivot Point with Maya Rockeymoore – July 21, 2013 Maya Rockeymoore discusses retirement and health security as well as the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. Featuring: Representative Rush D. Holt (D-NJ) Ryan Clayton – Progressive Strategist Sarah Jaffe – Reporter for “In These Times” Joseph Phelan and Tobias Packer – […]
I am Trayvon Martin. If a kid minding his own business on the way home from the store can be confronted and killed with impunity just because he looked suspicious—based on the stereotypical beliefs of an overzealous volunteer neighborhood watchman—then no one is safe in this country and no one can be guaranteed justice. We […]
On the morning of May 31st, Biannela Susana will find out how much more time she’ll spend in prison in connection with the death of her youngest son. Whether the judge sentences her to the maximum 30 years or not, it’s hard to imagine that any punishment will top the nightmare that her life has […]
Senator Joel Anderson’s new bill hopes to revitalize the death penalty in California. One of the most controversial aspects of the bill is the proposal for gas chambers to be included in their death penalty system. This will allow California to be the only place globally to use suffocation as a form of criminal punishment.
Martin Luther King, Jr., the drum major for justice, might have some difficulty today raising an army of soldiers for justice! The time for marching is not over as civil rights struggles continue. Witness the pandemic levels of mass incarceration. In many cities the young men, the men who used to march in an earlier […]
The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., brought the nation together in grief. Like all-too-many similar occurrences in this nation’s history, it has also reignited a debate on gun control laws. Here is a round up of what experts of color are saying about gun violence and how what happened in Newtown […]