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38 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Cook County Jail

Sheriff Thomas J. Dart of the Cook County Department of Corrections said 38 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19, and six have tested negative. 123 detainees are waiting for test results, Sheriff Dart said 5 p.m. on March 27. In addition, nine Sheriff’s office employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Chicago-based Cook County Jail is the nation’s largest single site[Read More…]

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Study: Black Women Receive Harshest Punishments in Prison

By The Sentencing Project  Incarcerated women, especially black women, are often punished more harshly than incarcerated men for minor violations of prison rules, according to a new report from the United States Commission on Civil Rights. The report, “Women in Prison: Seeking Justice behind Bars,” cited reporting from NPR and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University which analyzed[Read More…]

Wrongfully convicted man awarded a Certificate of Innocence and more than $1.5 million

  Lamonte McIntyre, who was wrongfully convicted and served 23 years in prison for a double murder, on Monday received a Certificate of Innocence and more than $1.5 million in total compensation, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced. Police arrested McIntyre in 1994 for the murders of Donald Ewing and Doniel Quinn. A Wyandotte County Court ordered McIntyre’s release in[Read More…]

Pele says a hip injury has slowed him

Former Brazilian soccer star Pele has dismissed claims that he has become a recluse due to a hip injury that makes it difficult for him to walk. Pele’s son, Edinho, told Globo Esporte, the Brazilian news outlet, that Pele was depressed and reluctant to leave his house. Pele countered, however, saying that he feels good and accepts his physical limitations.[Read More…]

Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson has been fired

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired police superintendent Eddie Johnson two weeks before he was scheduled to retire. Mayor Light said during a news conference on Monday that she fired  Johnson because he had intentionally misled her about the incident, which occurred October 17, when he was found sleeping in his car. Initially, Johnson said he failed to his medication, but[Read More…]

Incoming Kentucky governor poised to expand voting rights

After beating Gov. Matt Bevin in the recent election, Democratic Governor-elect Andy Beshear is expected to sign an executive order that restores voting rights to people with non-violent felony convictions who have completed their prison, probation and parole sentence. This move follows in the footsteps of his father, former Gov. Steve Beshear, who restored the voting rights of more than[Read More…]

NFL doesn’t score with Rihanna and Pink

Superstar singers Rihanna and Pink have turned down an offer to sing during next year’s Super Bowl half time show to support for former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick began taking a knee during the National Anthem to protest police brutality. Rolling Stone magazine reported Pink and Rihanna have refused to appear during Super Bowl LIII. Pink told[Read More…]

African Americans’ Skin Tone Impacts Justice System Contact

SENTENCING PROJECT–Darker skinned African Americans have a higher chance of having been arrested or incarcerated than those with lighter skin, Ellis P. Monk finds in “The Color of Punishment: African Americans, Skin Tone, and the Criminal Justice System,” published in Ethnic and Racial Studies. Race has long shaped the likelihood of contact with the criminal justice system—African Americans are incarcerated[Read More…]

Robert Mugabe is buried

Robert Mugabe, founding leader of Zimbabwe, was buried Saturday in his home village of Kutama. Mr. Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years beginning in 1980, died September 6 from an undisclosed ailment in a Singapore hospital. He was 95. A Roman Catholic priest said Mass and members of Mr. Mugabe’s family gave speeches. He was buried in his rural[Read More…]