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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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Life without Parole for Teens Is Uncivilized

New America Media, Commentary, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Nov 27, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court banned teen executions, but the United States still locks up more juveniles for life without the possibility of parole than all nations combined.

Secure Communities Turns Immigrants into Criminals

New America Media, Commentary, Sarahi Uribe, Nov 23, 2009

This month, the Department of Homeland Security celebrated Secure Communities One Year Anniversary. The program, which checks the immigration status of those in jails by using DHS databases, is misnamed. It actually endangers rather than improves community security.

Murder of Gay Puerto Rican Teen Generates Talk of Equality

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, Commentary, Various authors, Nov 21, 2009

Last weekend in Puerto Rico, Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, a 19-year-old gay teen was found decapitated, partially burned, and mutilated and left by the side of a road. Youth Outlook asked young people their reactions to the brutal murder.

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Break the Silence on Domestic Violence

New America Media, Commentary, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Nov 19, 2009

The pattern in the shocking murder of Flor Medrano in Mid-City Los Angeles was all too familiar. There was long-term abuse by her sometime boyfriend. The abuse included verbal and physical assaults and accusations of rape.

ACLU Report Says Guidelines Needed for Police in Schools

San Francisco Bayview, News Report, Will Matthews, Nov 03, 2009

Allowing police officers to patrol school campuses without specific guidelines outlining their roles and responsibilities can create a harmful environment, according to a study by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Funeral Held for Slain Mosque Leader, Questions Remain

Final Call, News Report, Ashahed M. Muhammad, Nov 03, 2009

Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah the 53-year old leader of Masjid Al-Haqq was gunned down by FBI agents on October 28 after a raid on a warehouse just outside of Detroit.

Shopper Faces 15 Years for Cutting Walmart Checkout Line

Washington AFRO , News Report, Staff Report, Nov 02, 2009

A former college student faces up to 15 years in prison for allegedly cutting the line at a Walmart, and the NAACP and ACLU have stepped in to generate support for her case.

Missing Woman's Family Presses for Video Release

Wave Newspapers, News Report, Staff Report, Nov 02, 2009

Missing woman Mitrice Richardson, 24, of South Los Angeles, was released on her own recognizance just after midnight Sept. 17 from the sheriff's Malibu-Lost Hills station.

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