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AFRICANGLOBE - The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a new hearing for Black Texas prison inmate Duane Buck Wednesday after he said his rights were violated when jurors wrongfully received word that “he was more likely to be dangerous in the future because he was Black.”
AFRICANGLOBE - When Missouri students head back to the classroom in the new year, bullying and brawling could have much stiffer sentences than the typical punishments of detention, suspension or expulsion. They could land kids in juvenile detention centers. That’s because on January 1, third-degree assault and cases of harassment where the victim suffers “emotional distress” will become class E felonies.
AFRICANGLOBE - People who are charged with committing crimes and are sent to jail pending trial are usually offered bail bond. This allows them to pay to be released before their trial begins. Poor people, however, are at a huge disadvantage with this practice because they have no money to pay the bond. Some sit in jail for as much as two years before being released for a crime they never committed.
AFRICANGLOBE - Donald Trump hasn’t even been sworn into office yet, but the private prison business sector is already looking forward to his presidency. On a morning when global and domestic financial markets plunged on news of Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton, Corrections Corporations of America surged nearly 40% in anticipation of increased need for more prisons and corrections services.
AFRICANGLOBE - "Charged: The DA vs. Black America," is an alarming wake-up call regarding the absolute power of the District Attorney. With an in-depth look into the DA's impact on individuals and families across the country, the documentary exposes how some of these elected prosecutors have contributed to America's mass incarceration of Black men. Today, there are more African-American men in prison, on parole or on probation than were enslaved in 1850.
AFRICANGLOBE - The Justice Department plans to curtail and eventually end the use of privately run prisons, with officials saying that such facilities do not offer significant cost savings and do not maintain the same level of safety and security as prisons run by the federal government. A memo issued Thursday by Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates instructs the head of the Bureau of Prisons to either decline to renew or to reduce the scope of contracts with private prison companies when contracts come due.
AFRICANGLOBE - “1.5 Million Missing Black Men” — showed that more than one in every six Black men in the 24-to-54 age group has disappeared from civic life, mainly because they died young or are locked away in prison. This means that there are only 83 Black men living outside of jail for every 100 Black women — in striking contrast to the white population, where men and women are about equal in numbers.
AFRICANGLOBE - While there’s broad support for sweeping reforms, far-right opponents haven’t given up the fight to derail the prison reform initiative. In fact one right-wing senator argued recently that the United States doesn’t lock up nearly enough of its population.
AFRICANGLOBE- Pew now projects that state prison populations will increase by 3 percent over the next four years, begging the question of whether the heralded end of mass incarceration was dead on arrival as a political issue.
AFRICANGLOBE - Over the years, the government declared and waged war on Black communities: In the 1800s, it was a war on unemployed “vagrants,” where countless so-called newly freed slaves were incarcerated in order to re-enslave them under the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; in the 1970s and 1980s, it was a war on crime, and thousands of Blacks would be criminalized; in the 1980s and 1990s the war on drugs would be used to imprison Black people at alarming rates
AFRICANGLOBE - "The United States imprisons a larger percentage of its Black population than South Africa did at the height of apartheid." The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that, in 2010, the incarceration rate for black men in all of the country’s jails and prisons was 4,347 people per 100,000. For whites, the rate was 678 people per 100,000.
AFRICANGLOBE - If you don’t think that the mass incarceration epidemic affects you, you might want to think again. The challenges that Black women face in finding a man in the age of mass incarceration, in the United States, when one in nine Black men between the ages of 20 and 29 is in jail or prison is huge.
AFRICANGLOBE - Racial disparities among the incarcerated are glaring: one in every 36 Latino man and one in every 15 Black man is a prisoner compared with one in every 106 White man. Four percent of Native American adults are under correctional control. Data comparing White apartheid era Black incarceration rates in South Africa with current Black male incarceration rates in the US provides a jarring perspective.