Posts Tagged criminal justice

Image of a green execution gurney against a filthy wall.

Death Penalty Support Reaches An All Time Low, and Here’s Why Feminists Should Care

According to a study published this week, the percentage of Americans who support public executions has now reached its lowest point in more than four decades, with less than half of the country offering support for the brutal, internationally disfavoured punishment.

According to a study published this week, the percentage of Americans who support public executions has now reached its lowest point in more than four decades, with less than half of the country offering support for the ...

"Free Chelsea Manning" posters.

Punishing Chelsea Manning for a Suicide Attempt Would Be a Disgrace

Tomorrow, September 22nd, at 9:30 a.m., Chelsea Manning will stand in front of a disciplinary board at the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) in Kansas, and be forced to defend herself for her suicide attempt in July. The charges, which have already been dismantled by Boingboing.net here, are bizarre.

Tomorrow, September 22nd, at 9:30 a.m., Chelsea Manning will stand in front of a disciplinary board at the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) in Kansas, and be forced to defend herself for her

Protestor outside Brock Turner's house holds up a sign declaring, "If I Rape Brock Will I Only Do 3 Months"

Feminist Groups Are Right to Rally Against the Brock Turner-Inspired Crime Bill

Last week, California’s state senate presented bill AB-2888, which doles out mandatory prison sentences for “sex crimes,” in front of Governor Jerry Brown. The bill was presented in response to the 3-month sentence Brock Turner received for assaulting a student on Stanford’s campus, and would function as a “mandatory minimum” sentence for any person who assaults another person while they are intoxicated or unable to give consent. 

Last week, California’s state senate presented bill AB-2888, which doles out mandatory prison sentences for “sex crimes,” in front of Governor Jerry Brown. The bill was presented in response to the 3-month sentence Brock Turner received for ...

Australian state considers police body cams in domestic violence cases

One Australian state is considering legislation that would allow police to wear body mounted cameras when entering domestic violence scenes, and allowing for the use of the recordings they collect in court proceedings.

New South Wales – the most populous state in the nation – is the first to consider this kind of legislation, under which, “video statements from the victim, taken at the scene, and powerful video footage taken in the immediate aftermath of domestic violence incidents, will be used as evidence in court cases.” 

One Australian state is considering legislation that would allow police to wear body mounted cameras when entering domestic violence scenes, and allowing for the use of the recordings they collect in court proceedings.

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Teens create new app to hold police accountable

As Ferguson continues to reel after Michael Brown’s death and the police threaten to shoot journalists and tear gas children, three badass teenage coders from Georgia have developed a timely mobile app to hold police accountable.

Five-O, created by siblings Ima, Asha, and Caleb Christian, allows users to detail their encounters with police officers and rate them on their professionalism. Anyone can check how their community stacks up and the information will be sent to law enforcement. “We’d like to know which regions in the US provide horrible law enforcement services as well as highlight the agencies that are highly rated by their citizens, explained senior Ima.” In addition to putting more power into the hands of citizens ...

As Ferguson continues to reel after Michael Brown’s death and the police threaten to shoot journalists and tear gas children, three badass teenage coders from Georgia have developed a timely mobile ...

On R. Kelly, Lady Gaga, and redemption narratives: A conversation with Salamishah Tillet, Ph.D.

On Tuesday R. Kelly shared the tracklist and artwork for his subtly titled Black Panties album, which comes out December 10. The album cover, which Kelly released Tuesday, features the artist literally playing a topless woman as if she were a cello, bow and all. This, of course, is hardly shocking, given Kelly’s recent performance with Lady Gaga on Saturday Night Live, in which the two simulated having sex. Though the video went viral and set the internets abuzz with articles and blog posts, an important element was shockingly absent from the discussion: rape culture. Jenn M. Jackson, who called Gaga a rape apologist, was a notable exception.

For me, it wasn’t the simulated sex that  I ...

On Tuesday R. Kelly shared the tracklist and artwork for his subtly titled Black Panties album, which comes out December 10. The album cover, which Kelly released Tuesday, features the artist literally playing a ...

The Wednesday Weigh-In: Is public shaming a good alternative to incarceration?

This is definitely a slippery slope. But when I read about Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Pinkey Carr sentencing those found guilty in his courtroom to public shamings I thought to myself: I’d take it. Although I’ve never been sentenced to jail time, I’ve spent more than enough time behind bars (2 days to be exact; college) to know that some time on a corner with a sign is a better option.

There is are definitely some critique of the practices, especially those concerning the safety of those placed on public display after committing crimes that involve other people. Also, understanding that people of color are often disproportionately targeted and policed by law enforcement, this practice could easily become ...

This is definitely a slippery slope. But when I read about Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Pinkey Carr sentencing those found guilty in his courtroom to public shamings I thought to myself: I’d take it. ...

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