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This quote from America’s largest private prison company shows how much the industry fears criminal justice reform

Corrections Corporation of America, the country’s largest owner of private prisons, has faced renewed backlash against its business practices after theDepartment of Justice last week announced it would phase out use of for-profit facilities for federal inmates. The decision followed a damning Inspector General’s reportreleased earlier this month declaring private prisons to be less safe…

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SCOTUS Unites Trump and Senate GOP

Differences aside, Donald Trump and Senate Republicans are strongly united on one issue — the balance of the Supreme Court. While Democrats are pushing the GOP-led Senate to confirm Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland by the end of President Barack Obama’s term, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been resolute in blocking him, saying the…

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Big Money vs. Black Lives: Movement connects money in politics to racial justice

Earlier this month, a coalition of more than 50 organizations connected to the Black Lives Matter movement released a highly-anticipated policy agenda document, “A Vision for Black Lives.” Rooted in the cause launched in 2013 to protest the killings of African Americans by police, the document began to take shape at a gathering in Cleveland…

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Justice Department sues Mississippi over treatment of mentally ill

The U.S. Justice Department filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the state of Mississippi over the way it treats the mentally ill. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson says the state spends millions to shut away the mentally ill in hospitals when they could be provided more appropriate and helpful services, at…

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Justice Department to Streamline Tracking of Police Killings

The Obama administration is moving forward with a plan to better track killings by police officers, as heightened national scrutiny of such deaths has reinforced criticism of its reliance on self-reporting by state and local law enforcement agencies. In a notice published in the Federal Register this week, the Justice Department said it would ask…

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Cory Booker, After Touring a Prison, Renews Call for Criminal Justice Overhaul

After touring a federal prison on Thursday, Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey, said he was more determined than ever to push through comprehensive criminal justice legislation that would cut mandatory minimum sentences and create new programs to ease prisoners’ re-entry into their communities. “This visit today continued to fuel my sense of urgency,”…

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News videos affect whites’ awareness of racism in US

Not long ago, Becky Deen Tai would never have imagined herself attending a civic meeting about police officers’ treatment of African-Americans. She’d grown up a white girl in a family with roots in the Deep South, and only recently had become “more aware of how unaware I am,” she said, later recalling her astonishment at…

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Obama issues record-breaking 214 commutations

President Obama commuted the sentences of 214 more federal inmates Wednesday, the largest single-day grant of commutations in the nation’s history. Obama has now used his constitutional clemency power to shorten the sentences of more federal inmates than any president since Calvin Coolidge. The early release of the 214 prisoners — most convicted of low-level drug offenses — is part of…

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Rock ‘n’ Roll campers talk music, social justice at MTSU

The Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp still brings dozens of girls ready to learn new instruments and jam with others at Middle Tennessee State University in its 14th year. But this year, organizers wanted to bring the wider world, with its range of music and its pressing issues, into the camp for its 53 students…

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JTMP Attends DC National Cannabis Festival

420 Event Brings Music, Education, Advocacy and Entrepreneurs Together APR 24, 2016 – JTMP attended the first annual National Cannabis Festival here in DC that brought cannabis activists and entrepreneurs together for a day of music, education, advocacy, munchies and 420 fun. It was held in DC, for DC is setting the tone for the East…

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