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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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Philippine Top Cop Accused of Covering Up Maguindanao Massacre

Inquirer.net, News Report, Marlon Ramos, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Feb 13, 2010

A top Philippine military official takes the witness stand disclosing the involvement of a senior police commander in the cover-up of the slaying of 57 Filipinos including journalists and women last September.

Marc Hall

Court-Martial in Middle East for Angry Rapper-Soldier

New America Media, News Report, Aaron Glantz, Feb 12, 2010

A U.S. Army Specialist wrote an angry rap to protest being kept past his enlistment commitment by the Defense Department. Now he faces court martial in the Middle East where his unit is based.


Sinaloa: Living Under the Law of the Narco Lords

New America Media, New Analysis, Manuel Ortiz, article and slideshow, English translation, Mayra Lombera, Feb 12, 2010

Sinaloa, in northern Mxico, is the cradle of drug trafficking and one of the most violent and dangerous places in Mexico. On average, eight to 11 people are executed daily in its capital city, Culiacn, as a direct consequence of violence linked to drug-trafficking, government corruption and impunity. For Mexicans, drastic change is the only real solution.

Chaos and Fear in Ciudad Juarez After Massacre

La Opinin, Gardenia Mendoza Aguilar, Feb 07, 2010

War on Drugs or War on Mexicans?

New America Media, News analysis, Jose Luis Sierra, Feb 06, 2010

In the wake of the massacre of 16 youths at a birthday party in Ciudad Juarez, Mexican politicos pointed fingers at each other and stonewalled journalists while civilians all over the country reaffirmed their lack of confidence in their government at all levels

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Young People Weigh in on Legalizing Pot in SF

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, Commentary, Various Authors, Feb 03, 2010

San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi proposed a June ballot measure that would "license, regulate, and tax the cultivation and sales of cannabis" - whether for medicinal or recreational use, pending board approval. Young people in San Francisco weigh in on the measure.

Drug Surveillance Drones Frequent Flyers in Latin America

New America Media, News Report , Marcelo Ballv, Jan 27, 2010

Drone aircraft are increasingly engaged in counterdrug missions over South American jungles and Mexican cities. The drones, many manufactured and sold by Israel, represent the latest high-tech escalation of Latin Americas anti-drug efforts.

Miriam Mendiola-Martinez

Pregnant and Shackled: Hard Labor for Arizona's Immigrants

New America Media, News Feature, Valeria Fernandez , Jan 26, 2010

Arizona denies undocumented immigrants the right to post bail. This means that if you happen to be pregnant like Miriam Mendiola-Martinez you might have to give birth while shackled to a hospital bed.

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Mexicans In U.S. Fear Violent Mexico

New America Media, News Report , Manuel Ortiz, Translated by Elena Shore, Jan 23, 2010

Poverty and joblessness arent the only factors keeping Mexican immigrants in the United States from returning to their home country. The escalating war on drugs in Mexico has made many of them afraid to go back. Traduccin al espaol

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