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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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California Prisons

Two Inmates' Views on California's Prison Overcrowding Crisis

New America Media, Commentary, Dwight Abbott and Michael Cabral, Introduction by Michael Kroll, Apr 13, 2010

Two California inmates respond to the state's prison overcrowding crisis and a federal court order that could result in the release of 40,000 prisoners.

Now, Obama Can Pick a Justice with a Heart

New America Media, Commentary, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Apr 13, 2010

Obama has the chance of a presidents lifetime to follow his heart and pick the kind of Supreme Court justice who will protect the rights of the powerless, minorities and women.

Immigration Courts Swamped by Backlogs

New America Media, News Report, Valeria Fernndez , Apr 09, 2010

Judicial vacancies and shortages of court staff, coupled with the increased detention of immigrants that started under Pres. George W. Bush and continues to grow during the Obama administration, are causing exponential growth in immigration caseloads around the country. Legal experts say the dysfunction affects the justice system and must be fixed.

Kidnap

Kidnappings Thrive in India's Prosperity

Siliconeer, News Feature , Priyanka Bhardwaj, Mar 22, 2010

Indias explosive economic growth has led to acute social and economic disparities, with huge wealth and downright penury existing cheek by jowl. One side effect is the rise of a vicious kidnap and ransom industry.

Racial Profiling Rears Its Ugly Head in Torrance, CA

New America Media, Commentary, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Mar 15, 2010

Yesterday, supporters of black minister Robert Taylor called for justice 10 days after he was wrongly stopped by police in a Los Angeles suburb with a history of complaints of racial profiling. NAM commentator Earl Ofari Hutchinson, who was there, compares the incident to the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates.

Arizonas Anti-Anti-Immigrant Politicians and Sheriffs

New America Media, News Analysis, Valeria Fernndez , Mar 10, 2010

There is another side to Arizona's harsh, anti-immigrant politics and law enforcement that is overshadowed by the tough-talking Sheriff Arpaio and his legislative allies. Among many law enforcement and elected officials, there are voices calling for rational and reasoned approaches to immigration policy.

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