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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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Federal Grand Jury Targets Tough-Guy Sheriff

New America Media, News Report, Valeria Fernndez , Jan 12, 2010

Americas self-proclaimed toughest sheriff Joe Arpaio is facing a grand jury investigation into allegations of abuse of power. Latino and civil rights activists hope the investigation will have reverberations on the way he conducts immigration enforcement in Maricopa County.

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My Big Phat Same-Sex Prison Wedding

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, Commentary, Dawn Davis II, Jan 10, 2010

The debate over Prop 8 and same-sex marriage reached all the way into California's prisons. Dawn Davis married her lover in prison because she was afraid that by the time she left prison, same-sex marriages would be illegal.

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Thank You Mark Ingram

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, Commentary, Pendarvis Harshaw, Jan 09, 2010

Alabama running back and Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram spoke to the media after leading his team to a national title in the Bowl Championship Series game this week. One commentator felt he was speaking to him.

Tiger Stereotypes Tiger, and Black Males, Too

New America Media, Commentary, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Jan 07, 2010

Vanity Fair made it official. Tiger Woods is now a member in good standing in the pantheon of gang banging, drive by shooting, menacing, thug life, sexually on-the-make, young black males.

Did Court Deal Fatal Blow to Tasers for Police?

New America Media, Commentary, Raj Jayadev and Aram James , Jan 07, 2010

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently declared that police officers could be held liable for using a Taser without proper cause. But the decision stopped short of treating a Taser as a deadly weapon.

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Support for Death Penalty Continues to Fall

New America Media, Commentary, Michael A. Kroll, Dec 18, 2009

The United States still employs the death penalty in its criminal justice system, as do Iran, Iraq, China and Cuba. But mounting evidence points toward a continuing erosion of support for capital punishment in states around this country and in the rest of the world.


Group Offers New Beginnings for Incarcerated Youth

New America Media, Jen Cooper, Dec 15, 2009

At a time when the juvenile justice system is being re-examined across the country, and programs in several states are found to be lacking for incarcerated youth, two women who met in law school in Washington, D.C. are pairing juvenile offenders with adults in the city.

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Ugandan Anti-Gay Bill Prompts Protests and Warnings

New America Media, News report, Megan Gibson , Dec 11, 2009

A Ugandan bill that proposes the death penalty for homosexuals has sparked international condemnation. But could international pressure backfire?

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Fil-Am Journalists Honor Slain Philippine Media Professionals

New America Media, News Report & Video, Reporter: Odette Keeley/ Video: Jacob Simas, Dec 08, 2009

In San Francisco, Filipino-American media professionals and concerned community members recently gathered to honor the slain media professionals and send a message that they may have been killed, but their legacy and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Back on Track, Smart on Crime

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, Video, Min Lee and Ann Bassette, Dec 04, 2009

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris's innovative program for first time drug offenders -- Back on Track -- puts her 'Smart on Crime' ethos to work.

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