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Jailing Rape and Domestic Violence Victims is an Abuse of Prosecutors’ Power

When prosecutors ask judges to jail people, we assume that it’s because the person has committed some crime and is so dangerous that the person should not be out among the public. We hope that prosecutors will balance their pursuit of justice against the costs of prosecution to the victim and witnesses involved. We trust that prosecutors understand the tremendous power that they wield and use it wisely.

When prosecutors ask judges to jail people, we assume that it’s because the person has committed some crime and is so dangerous that the person should not be out among the public. We hope that prosecutors will ...

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Feminist Fuck Yeah: Frustrated, Underfunded Public Defender Assigns Case to Governor

On Tuesday, Michael Barrett, who oversees Missouri’s grossly underfunded public defender system, sent a blunt, brilliant, and quite public little missive to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

On Tuesday, Michael Barrett, who oversees Missouri’s grossly underfunded public defender system, sent a blunt, brilliant, and quite public little missive to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

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There’s Another Way the Stanford Survivor Could Find Justice

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site. Posts published on the Community site do not necessarily reflect the views of any Feministing columnist, editor, or executive director.

Brock Turner, otherwise known as the Stanford swimmer, was convicted in March of sexually assaulting a woman while she was unconscious behind a dumpster. Although he faced fourteen years in prison, he was sentenced earlier this month to six months in a county jail and probation.

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site. Posts published on the Community site do not necessarily reflect the views of any Feministing columnist, editor, or executive director.

Brock Turner, otherwise known as the Stanford swimmer, ...

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New report shows how women of color bear the costs of mass incarceration

There are a number of ways to put a price tag on the United States’s shameful mass incarceration system. On the most superficial level, $80 billion is how much it costs to keep more than 2.4 million people in our jails and prisons.

There are a number of ways to put a price tag on the United States’s shameful mass incarceration system. On the most superficial level, $80 billion is how much it costs to keep more than ...

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How the justice system hurts survivors through the “sexual abuse to prison pipeline”

Today in depressing facts we need to do something about: This new report on the “sexual abuse to prison pipeline,” which cites sexual abuse as one of the greatest predictors of girls’ entrance into the juvenile justice system. 

Today in depressing facts we need to do something about: This new report on the “sexual abuse to prison pipeline,” which cites sexual abuse as one of the greatest predictors of girls’ entrance into the juvenile ...

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Infographic: The US’s elected prosecutors are literally a bunch of white dudes

A new study offers a (rare!) but damning indictment of a criminal justice system managed and directed overwhelmingly by white men, revealing yet another gap between those with enormous power in the system and the people they are elected to represent.

A new study offers a (rare!) but damning indictment of a criminal justice system managed and directed overwhelmingly by white men, revealing yet another gap between those with enormous power in the system and the people they are elected to represent.

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Economic justice for domestic abuse survivors shouldn’t strengthen mass incarceration

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site.

For about a year, I volunteered at a domestic violence hotline. Every other Saturday, I helped survivors of intimate partner violence access emergency housing, lock changes, counseling, and civil protection orders.

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site.

For about a year, I volunteered at a domestic violence hotline. Every other Saturday, I helped survivors of intimate partner violence access emergency housing, lock changes, ...

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