Tag: Criminal Justice

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The 21 Issues That Will Define 2021

2020 was a watershed year, for better or worse. A pandemic shut the world down, protests against systemic racism and police brutality swept the nation, an election led to not only the end of the Trump presidency but also to ongoing and baseless claims of widespread voter fraud — even…

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House Passes Landmark Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday, Dec. 4, in favor of a bill that would decriminalize marijuana and expunge convictions for nonviolent marijuana-related charges at the federal level. This move comes amidst growing public acceptance of marijuana’s health benefits and its usage, as well as a growing sentiment…

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Teenage Girl Charged with Felony for Pointing A Finger Gun

A 13-year-old girl at Westridge Middle School in Overland Park, Kan., imitated a gun with her fingers and pointed it at four students last month—now, she’s being charged with a felony. The girls’ classmate asked her which classmates she would kill if she could, and that’s when she made the…

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Court Reporters Are Writing Testimonies of Black People Wrong: Study

Testifying while Black already carries heavy difficulties and obstacles. Now, there’s one more – a new study, which will be published in the journal Language next month, has found that court reporters say they have difficulty “understanding Black people” when they speak African American English (AAE). It all started after the…