Posts Tagged criminal justice system

Rich white man gets no jail time for raping his three-year-old daughter because he “will not fare well” in prison

*Trigger warning*

I can’t really imagine a story that more perfectly illustrates how totally broken the criminal “justice” system in the US is.

Robert H. Richards IV, a rich unemployed heir to a chemical baron fortune who lives off his trust fund, was convicted of raping his three-year-old daughter. He also allegedly admitted to abusing his toddler son. But a Delaware state Superior Court judge decided that he “will not fare well” in prison, so he should get probation and treatment instead

*Trigger warning*

I can’t really imagine a story that more perfectly illustrates how totally broken the criminal “justice” system in the US is.

Robert H. Richards IV, a rich unemployed heir to a chemical baron fortune who lives off ...

Marissa Alexander now could face 60 years in prison for defending herself

The state of Florida seems determined to punish Marissa Alexander for defending herself.

You may recall that in the fall, the black mother who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot into a wall to scare off her abusive husband, was granted a retrial. She was released, after three years in jail, in time to spend Thanksgiving with her family, but then the Florida State Attorney Angela Corey moved to revoke her bond.

Now Corey–who has the power to reduce the charges or drop the case entirely–says they’ll try to triple Alexander’s original prison sentence from 20 to 60 years if she loses the retrial in July. 

The state of Florida seems determined to punish Marissa Alexander for defending herself.

You may recall that in the fall, the black mother who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a ...

Punishing survivors won’t stop sexual violence

Earlier this week, the Daily News reported that a Cowlitz County, Washington survivor of an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault, perpetrated by her ex-boyfriend and an accomplice, was jailed when she refused to cooperate with the prosecutors on the case. The story didn’t rise to the forefront of feminist news until feminist writer Amanda Marcotte wrote a defense of the decision, arguing that the County did what it had to do to stop future violence.

The Cowlitz County case is awful, and I disagree with Marcotte’s conclusion, but neither is really an aberration from how we view criminal justice and victimhood. Two worrying parts of Marcotte’s piece implicate our larger national conversation about sexual violence: we mistakenly think survivors ...

Earlier this week, the Daily News reported that a Cowlitz County, Washington survivor of an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault, perpetrated by her ex-boyfriend and an accomplice, was jailed when she refused to cooperate with ...

Do you know the laws that cover street harassment in your state?

If not, Stop Street Harassment has you covered. Yesterday, they released the Know Your Rights: Street Harassment and the Law toolkit, which details the laws in each state that address different forms of street harassment–from obscene comments to up-skirt photos to groping–and provides information on how to report these crimes. On the website, you can skip directly to each state’s section to find the information for your state. It also highlights the best laws in the hopes of encouraging advocacy in other states to improve theirs.

Similar to campaigns like Know Your Title IX, the resource aims to empower individuals to be aware of their legal options. As lead author Talia Hagerty explains, “This toolkit helps citizens know ...

If not, Stop Street Harassment has you covered. Yesterday, they released the Know Your Rights: Street Harassment and the Law toolkit, which details the laws in each state that address different forms of street ...

Ted Cruz & friends say Stand your Ground Laws benefit black people

So many black people are arrested everyday. They obviously benefit more from Stand Your Ground laws right?

Just when I think Senator Ted Cruz can’t give me any more reasons to slap my forehead, he does. In this week’s episode of Ted fuckery, Cruz insists that Stand Your Ground Laws benefit African Americans. He plainly stated that “in Florida, the data show that African-American defendants have availed themselves of the Stand Your Ground law more frequently than Anglo defendants.”

And he brought along some friends in this fuckery.

So many black people are arrested everyday. They obviously benefit more from Stand Your Ground laws right?

Just when I think Senator Ted Cruz can’t give me any more reasons to slap my forehead, he does. ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington: Michelle Alexander on MLK and mass incarceration.

Necessary tension around Obama at the March’s anniversary.

The real work of Rosa Parks.

Misremembering “I Have a Dream.”

Chelsea Manning, media bias, and cissexism.

The killing of trans teen Dwayne Jones is not “just another murder.”

Graphic novel of This is How You Lose Her coming soon.

Gendering disability.

Bustle founder didn’t want too many “smart” women.

Three types of Golden Girls commenters on YouTube.

Is Cher’s new video about solidarity or interchangeability?

Nothing is wrong.

On Raven Symoné’s quiet coming out.

Comments young moms are ...

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington: Michelle Alexander on MLK and mass incarceration.

Necessary tension around Obama at the March’s anniversary.

The real work of Rosa Parks.

CeCe McDonald on Trayvon Martin and racism in the system

Trans activist CeCe McDonald, who is serving a 41-month prison term for the stabbing death of a man after defending herself and her friends from a racist and transphobic attack, recently wrote a powerful post about racism in the criminal justice system. Comparing her case and Trayvon Martin’s, she notes that she’s the lucky one.

I know that people have been comparing my case to Zimmerman’s, and yes it’s obvious that laws are biased. But even I can say I came out blessed knowing that (a) the system was against me to begin with, and that (b) looking at other cases similar to mines, I didn’t have to spent extensive time–even decades–in prison. People don’t ...

Trans activist CeCe McDonald, who is serving a 41-month prison term for the stabbing death of a man after defending herself and her friends from a racist and transphobic attack, recently wrote a ...

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