Stories by Aaron Cantú

Aaron Cantú is an investigator for the Marijuana Arrest Research Project and an independent journalist based in Brooklyn. Follow him on Twitter @aaronmiguel_ subscribe to Aaron Cantú's feed

Posted on: Sep 3, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Minorities who commit minor offenses are more likely than whites to be targeted for summonses.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Can digital media help put a stop to NYPD's broken-windows policing?

Posted on: Jul 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The numbers are shocking.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Why do even small towns now deploy paramilitary forces?

Posted on: Jun 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Asset forfeiture provides insidious incentives for police to apprehend people. Here are 4 states with some of the greediest police forces.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Undocumented migrants have become easy cash cows for private prison companies.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Police use the number of low-level drug arrests to sustain critical law enforcement funding from the federal government.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson will no longer prosecute low-level marijuana arrests.

Posted on: Apr 23, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A major cause of the industry’s staying power is how deeply it has entrenched itself in public institutions and channels.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

For-profit companies like Geo-Group are buying up any politician they can find to expand their share of the "market."

Posted on: Apr 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The majority of municipal prosecutors in the state want to nix marijuana prohibition.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Because woolly mammoths were "created on the sixth day with the beasts of the field," of course.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Clapper finally admits to senators that the NSA performed warrantless searches.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Enridge Inc. wants residents in Kitimat, British Columbia to make a bone-headed decision.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Because incarcerating people is just what Louisiana does.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Anti-racism activists aren't letting the joke slide, despite its context.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Eight states have found a way around $8.5 billion cuts in food stamps, and Republicans are livid.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Police departments are militarizing even far from urban centers.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The NRA calls it "a historic victory for the Second Amendment.”

Posted on: Mar 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The World Health Organization calls for major policy changes to counter the trend.

Posted on: Mar 21, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Uruguayan present, who himself was a political prisoner in the 1970s, says Uruguay "would not be their jailer."

Posted on: Mar 21, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The same gap seen in incarceration and graduation rates also appears at the preschool level.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2014, Source: AlterNet

New study shows EPA has missed as much as 50 percent because it must get permission from the very companies that pollute.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Military contractors, oil companies and banks are the biggest 'welfare queens' around.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Arkansas school administrators said the censorship was "consistent with their mission."

Posted on: Mar 7, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A federal U.S. court has dampened the possibility that Chevron will pay $9.5 billion in compensation payments to Ecuadorean farmers and fishermen.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The company behind the West Bank separation wall was awarded a $145 million contract to further militarize the border.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Your favorite burrito may be one ingredient short!

Posted on: Mar 5, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The bill now heads to the desk of Mayor Vincent Gray, who has previously pledged support for such legislation.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2014, Source: AlterNet

5,000 new individuals were added to the roster of the "ultra-wealthy" in the last year alone.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2014, Source: AlterNet

More and more police departments are turning to "predictive policing," which has proven unmistakably racist.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2014, Source: Latino Rebels

Dehumanization is one step in numbing others to violence against certain groups of people.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Police gain new unprecedented power to enter homes without warrants.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2014, Source: AlterNet

"The quickest way to achieve racial equality is to send everyone to prison. Then we would all be black."

Posted on: Feb 21, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A new study shows that federal law still allows private prisons to shroud much of their activity in mystery, despite receiving public money.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Some in Russia's gay community see Putin's anti-gay laws as "silly and unenforceable."

Posted on: Feb 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Cops have a massive incentive to bust people for pot. Here's how to fight back.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Nearly three years after Wisconsin, it's the unions that may have the last laugh.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2014, Source: AlterNet

"It's not enough to treat transgendered people like women. Now we have to treat them like human beings."

Posted on: Feb 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A burgeoning class of weed elite is hoping to turn marijuana into the next great American industry. But at what cost?

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