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Thousands to be released early in crack cocaine sentences

Nearly 2,000 federal prisoners will be eligible for early release as result of a bill that changes the sentencing for crack cocaine to be closer to the penalties for powdered cocaine.

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California inmates resume hunger strike

"This is the largest prisoner strike of any kind in recent US history," says Ron Ahnen of California Prison Focus.

Another tragic police shooting in Washington Heights

On September 17, over 150 neighbors, family and friends of John Collado marched to the 34th Precinct headquarters demanding justice.

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Groups launch effort to prevent execution of Troy Davis

This is Davis's fourth execution date since 2007. The gun used to kill the police officer was never found, nor any physical evidence linking Davis to the murder.

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West Memphis Three freed, but they still seek justice

In 1994, three young men in West Memphis, Ark. were wrongfully tried and convicted of the 1993 murder of three boys. Last week the trio were set free.

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Mumia Abu Jamal granted new sentencing hearing

An appeals court has granted Mumia Abu Jamal a new sentencing hearing in the death row political prisoner's ongoing legal battle. The decision represents the second time the appeals court has rendered such a judgment.

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Latino community rejects DOJ whitewash in Gutierrez case

A coalition of community and labor activists in Sacramento, California are demanding justice for Luis Gutierrez who was fatally shot by three deputies last year and were recently cleared by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Cop found not guilty in slaying of African American youth

A grand jury ruled  that the police killing of Danroy "D.J." Henry, Jr., the African American Pace University football player cops shot outside of a bar in suburban New York, was not a crime.

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Illinois sues to prevent pension for cop tied to torture

Activists against police torture here welcome Ill. Attorney General Lisa Madigan's lawsuit to stop Jon Burge, the former police commander convicted for lying about the torture of suspects, from receiving his pension.

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Anti-immigrant laws are problem, not solution, study shows

A new study shows that  "enforcement only" strategies are likely to cause large scale suffering and disruption rather than solve the undocumented immigration problem.

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