American Indian and Alaska Native Jail Count Doubles Since Late 1990s

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): The number of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) held in local jails nearly doubled from between 1999 and 2014, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics analysis covered by The Crime Report. During this … Continued

Most American Indian Tribes Have Opted Out of Death Penalty

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): Nearly all American Indian tribes have rejected the option of pursuing the death penalty against their citizens for federal crimes committed on their land, reports the Associated Press. “Congress expanded the list of death-penalty eligible … Continued

One-Third of Black Men Have Felony Convictions

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): In “Growth in the U.S. Ex-Felon and Ex-Prisoner Population, 1948 to 2010,” Sarah Shannon and colleagues estimate that one-third of black men had a felony conviction in 2010—a significant increase over the past 30 years … Continued

The Racial Wealth Gap Is Leading to An Almost-Nonexistent Middle Class

Posted at https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/13/racial-wealth-gap-leading-almost-nonexistent-middle-class Published on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by Common Dreams With people of color projected to make up the majority of Americans by 2043, a new study warns against policies that keep many black and Latino households out … Continued

Charlottesville Reminds Us of the Courage It Takes to Stand Against Racism

Posted at https://www.everyday-democracy.org/news/charlottesville-reminds-us-courage-it-takes-stand-against-racism Author: Martha McCoy, Executive Director, Everyday Democracy August 15, 2017 (Photo credit: Phil Roeder) The horrific events that took place in Charlottesville this past weekend underscore the role racism has played, and continues to play, in the history of … Continued

CLASP Responds to Charlottesville

From CLASP (http://www.clasp.org/): This statement from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) can be attributed to Oliva Golden, CLASP Executive Director  Washington, DC, August 15, 2017—The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) stands firmly with others in expressing … Continued

Sessions Emerges as Forceful Figure in Condemning Charlottesville Violence

New York Times By CHARLIE SAVAGE and REBECCA R. RUIZ AUG. 14, 2017 WASHINGTON — When Attorney General Jeff Sessions denounced the violence in Charlottesville, Va., as an “evil” act of domestic terrorism on Monday, he was in some ways an unlikely figure … Continued

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