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Criminal Justice

NAM original coverage, youth media stories, and ethnic media articles on criminal justice and it's impact on the poor and immigrant and minority communities. For more information on NAM criminal justice coverage, contact Mark Schurmann at mschurmann [at] newamericamedia [dot] org.

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Louis Gate

Gates' Arrest Is the Essence of American Racism

theloop21.com, Commentary, Devona Walker, Jul 22, 2009

The Cambridge Police Department outside Boston took racial profiling to an all-time low when they arrested 58-year-old Henry Louis Gates Jr., the publisher of TheRoot.com.

Somali Americans

Somali Americans Under Media Siege

ColorLines, News Feature, Michelle Chen, Jul 18, 2009

Somali Americans in Minneapolis-Saint Paul have heard so much bad news lately that it's become hard to separate fiction from fact. Encircled by tales of missing youth and violence at home and abroad, the tight-knit community is wrestling with outside scrutiny and internal strife.

Obama Allows Asylum for Battered Women

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Jul 18, 2009

Foreign battered women who want to start a new life in the United States have finally a chance to do that through asylum, thanks to the Obama administration revising asylum laws -- an action women's advocacy groups are lauding.


Wake Up GOP: Sotomayor Is This Generation's Jackie Robinson

New America Media, Commentary, Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez, Jul 15, 2009

NAM commentator Roberto Rodriguez writes that GOP leaders havent figured out that, symbolically, Sotomayor represents this generations Jackie Robinson. If they had wanted to broaden their political tent, he argues, they could have celebrated her nomination, thereby projecting a welcoming party.


Sotomayor's Speeches Unnerve Republicans

New America Media, News Report, Gebe Martinez, Jul 13, 2009

While Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's speech that a "wise Latina" might be able to render a better legal decision has come back to haunt her in her Senate Judiciary Committee, it seems unlikely that it will keep her from getting confirmed, reports NAM contributor Gebe Martinez.

American Cause

Task Force Calls for Immigration Overhaul

New America Media, Commentary, Edward Alden, Jul 08, 2009

Prominent Democrats and Republicans agree that the failure to get immigration policy right is having serious consequences for Americas standing in the world. A report released today by the Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy urges Congress to move ahead with reform.


When Cops Attack Online

New America Media, Commentary, Raj Jayadev, Jun 28, 2009

Community activist Raj Jayadev found himself the subject of a law enforcement YouTube video produced by the Police Officers Association, and the lead story of a new blog they created, called, Protectsanjose.com.


Alameda County Pioneers Restorative Justice for Youth

New America Media, News Feature, Annette Fuentes, Jun 15, 2009

A young man with several run-ins with the juvenile justice system is getting a chance at getting back on track. A pilot program for restorative justice in Alameda county brings together DAs, public defenders, family members and even the victims to provide a new alternative to treating youth offenders.

Slain Holocaust Museum Guard Cited as Hero

AFRO.com, News Report, Dorothy Rowley and Miriam Thoss, Jun 14, 2009

As the nation comes to grips with the horrifying tragedy that struck the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in the District of Columbia this week, its lone victim, 39-year-old security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns, is being remembered as a gentle giant.

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