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o   Equal Justice Initiative Wins Release of Anthony Hinton

  • A press release from the Equal Justice Initiative and Bryan Stevenson, who represented wrongfully convicted Ray Hinton for 16 years, about Hinton’s release from death row after 28 years. Includes links to a multitude of articles and video clips about Hinton’s case and release.

o   Effects of the Death Penalty on Those Who Carry It Out

  • A collection of links to articles in which people who actively help perform executions discuss how the death penalty affects them personally. From The Death Penalty Information Center.

o   Too Many People in Jail? Abolish Bail

  • A New York Times editorial which argues for the abolition of bail based on the unfairness to minority and poor populations. May 8, 2015.

o   Judge Keeps 2 Girls in Slender Man Stabbing in Adult Court

  • This article looks at a judge’s decision to keep the case of two pre-teen girls in adult court rather than dropping it to juvenile court. From the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel on March 13, 2015.

o   My Life on Death Row

  • Walter Rideau recounts his experiences on death row and explains the mental, emotional, and physical conditions he faced. From The Progressive on April 7, 2011.

o   Capital Punishment, 2013 – Statistical Tables

  • This report from the U.S. Department of Justice looks at the statistics of capital punishment cases and executions from 2013. Revised December 19, 2014.

o   U.S. to Release 6,000 Inmates From Prisons

  • This article discusses the release of 6,000 inmates to ease overcrowding and roll back harsh penalties. From The New York Times on October 6, 2015.

o   The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

  • This article, written by renowned author Ta-Nehisi Coates, discusses the need to reexamine and reclaim the intent of a 50-year old report which tragically helped to create today’s failed criminal justice system. From The Atlantic October 2015 issue.

o   Leaked Documents Reveal Dothan Police Department Planted Drugs on Young Black Men for Years, Distract Attorney Doug Valeska Complicit

  • The Alabama Justice Project obtained documents that reveal a Dothan Police Department’s Internal Affairs investigation which was covered up by the district attorney. This IA investigation focuses on a narcotics team believed to have planted drugs and weapons on young black men. From The Henry County Report on December 1, 2015.

o   Life Sentences for Young Murderers Debated by Top U.S. Court

  • Bloomberg Business reports on the Supreme Court debate over the reach of its 2012 Miller v. Alabama decision banning automatic life-without-parole sentences for juvenile murderers. From October 13, 2015.

o   United States Supreme Court Rules Miller v. Alabama is Retroactive

  • The Equal Justice Initiative accounts the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to rule the ban on automatic life-without-parole sentences for juvenile murders retroactive meaning that, in 6 states, hundreds of people who were sentenced to die in prison for crimes they committed as children are now entitled to new sentencing hearings. January 25, 2016.

o   Obama Bans Solitary Confinement for Juveniles in Federal Prisons

  • The Washington Post reports on President Obama’s executive action to ban solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system due to its psychological consequences. January 26, 2015. 
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