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‘Gynnya! Wake Up!’: In-Custody Death of Black Teen Triggers Fresh Concerns for Detained Juveniles

In a year that started with such encouraging steps as the Supreme Court’s decision to extend a ban on mandatory minimum life sentences for juveniles, advocates are concerned about what Gynnya McMillen’s death could mean, not only for juvenile offenders but for Black girls.

In a year that started with such encouraging steps as the Supreme Court’s decision to extend a ban on mandatory minimum life sentences for juveniles, advocates are concerned about what Gynnya McMillen’s death could mean, not only for juvenile offenders but for Black girls.

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Gavel Drop: So Much Bad News for Daleiden. So Much.

Welcome to Gavel Drop, our roundup of legal news, headlines, and head-shaking moments in the courts.

Gavel Drop is a roundup of the good, bad, and absurd in the courts.

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Advocates: Dems Struggling to Address Detainment and Detention of Immigrants

We as a country need to stop seeing detention and deportation as solutions  for the immigration issues we have.

We as a country need to stop seeing detention and deportation as solutions for the immigration issues we have.

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Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault, Failed by Criminal Justice System, Increasingly Seek Civil Remedies

Unlike criminal trials, which require the prosecution to prove the defendant’s guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt,” civil trials have a much lower bar, requiring only that a plaintiff persuade a judge or jury that it is more likely than not that the events occurred.

Unlike criminal trials, which require the prosecution to prove the defendant’s guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt,” civil trials have a much lower bar, requiring only that a plaintiff persuade a judge or jury that it is more likely than not that the events occurred.

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New Report Highlights Growing Number of Aging People in Prison

“When I got out nine years ago, it was like being thrown from the top of the stairs to the bottom—I had nothing," Gloria Rubero wrote in a recent policy paper, part of a new report on reducing elder incarceration in New York state.

The authors of the report say that expediting their release is a “critical part of reducing mass incarceration, and of creating a more fair, just and humane justice system.”

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When ‘Race-Neutral’ Reasons for Striking Jurors Aren’t Neutral in the Slightest

Nearly 30 years ago, an all-white jury sentenced an 18-year-old Black kid named Timothy Tyrone Foster to death for the murder of an elderly white woman. Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case regarding whether Foster lives or dies.

Nearly 30 years ago, an all-white jury sentenced an 18-year-old Black kid named Timothy Tyrone Foster to death for the murder of an elderly white woman. Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case regarding whether Foster lives or dies.

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Behind the Most Creative—and Deserving—Supreme Court Nickname Ever

Notorious RBG is a lively, accessible, and smart look at Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life, career, and impact on American law and feminism.

Notorious RBG is a lively, accessible, and smart look at Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life, career, and impact on American law and feminism.

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Obama Calls on Congress to ‘Ban the Box’ on Criminal Records

President Obama's directive to delay inquiries into criminal records could move the government closer to outlawing disclosure of past felonies as a prerequisite for employment.

President Obama’s directive to delay inquiries into criminal records could move the government closer to outlawing disclosure of past felonies as a prerequisite for employment.

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‘Coming Out of Concrete Closets’: LGBTQ Criminalization as Reproductive Injustice

The data in Coming Out of Concrete Closets sheds light on the ways in which systemic discrimination of LGBTQ communities—particularly low-income communities and communities of color—forms a dragnet of criminalization for the most marginalized.

The data in Coming Out of Concrete Closets sheds light on the ways in which systemic discrimination of LGBTQ communities—particularly low-income communities and communities of color—forms a dragnet of criminalization for the most marginalized.

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Advocates Push Bail Reform to Stop ‘Penalizing People for Being Poor’

A new free, downloadable book explains the changes in Colorado law, and it emphasizes that certain practices, such as using a formula to set bail based on types of crimes, are flat-out unconstitutional.

A new free, downloadable book explains the changes in Colorado law, and it emphasizes that certain practices, such as using a formula to set bail based on types of crimes, are flat-out unconstitutional.

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