Tag Archives: Criminal Justice

On the killing of Ezell Ford and the impotence of civilian review boards

The Los Angeles Police Commission said the two LAPD officers who in August 2015 shot and killed an unarmed, mentally man named Ezell Ford acted improperly — and I wrote about how that doesn’t mean a whole lot, unfortunately, given … Continue reading

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Cops get $4 million after killing black man

In 2010, George Diego and Allan Corrales of the Los Angeles Police Department shot and killed an unarmed black man, Steven Eugene Washington. The case was one of several high-profile shootings that activists protesting under the auspices of “Black Lives … Continue reading

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From the killing fields to a prison cell

“The next 5 to 10 years are going to be a shit show.” That’s what an attorney who represents military veterans with PTSD told me when I asked him about veterans treatment courts, which are intended to deal with the … Continue reading

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Against mugshots

Photos of the state’s latest catch don’t belong in a free press, or so I argue in a piece for Truthout. Check it out.

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LA considers IDs for inmates

Every year in Los Angeles County, thousands of people are released from jail without any way to prove who they are, which makes it that much harder to find a job and a place to live — to stay out … Continue reading

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US federal prisons overflowing with drug offenders

No country imprisons more of its citizens than the United States, where more than 2 million people are behind bars, or roughly 1 in 100 adults. The majority of those behind bars did not commit acts of violence, but were … Continue reading

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