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Cruel and Unusual: Some Mentally Ill Prisoners Forced to Wear Padlocked Jumpsuits

Several prisons in New York are requiring people serving time in correctional facilities to wear padlocked jumpsuits to prevent them from exposing their genitals to female correctional officers, the Marshall Project reports.

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Bernie Supporter Explains What Sanders Needs to Do to Earn Black Vote

When Carlos Chaverst Jr. heard Sen. Bernie Sanders speak at the National Action Network’s national convention in New York City on April 8, he knew he was listening to a future presidential candidate he could get behind.

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Why Aren't More Black Voters Feeling the Bern?

Senator Bernie Sanders continues to pack arenas and often draws standing-room-only crowds as he vies for the Democratic nomination. Though Sanders trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in most national polls, he is closing the gap. One poll shows Sanders leading Clinton in Iowa.

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Black Vet Thinks His Florida Home Was Defaced with Racist Graffiti Because of His Interracial Marriage

Wayne Scott was away in Virginia visiting family Tuesday morning when woke up to a text from his Florida neighbor, Jamal Clark. It was a photo of his home in Pinellas Park, Fla., with racist graffiti-sprayed message: “Dumb Nigger Black Lives Matter For Target Practice.”

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Prison Guard 'Beat Up' Squad Accused of Killing Inmate: Why Prison Abuse Is So Common and Overlooked

Samuel Harrell’s death at the hands of a group of correctional officers at the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon N.Y. known as the “beat-up squad” is a tragic, but all too common instance of abuse taking place in America’s correctional facilities.

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The Under-Reported Truth Behind Most Mass Shootings

Horrific mass shootings, like Dylann Roof’s church rampage in Charleston and Vester Flanagan’s on-air murders in Roanoke, Virginia grab headlines, but when David Conley broke into his ex-girlfriend Valerie Jackson’s home in Houston, Texas on August 8 and allegedly shot her and her six children to death, it was treated as an act of domestic violence, and got considerably less attention. But it was by any definition a mass shooting.

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How Your Local Police Department Could Be Spying on You

Imagine that your local police department uses a high-tech monitoring device to track your cell phone activity and find your exact location. The cops arrest you, and before long, you're standing before a judge fighting a robbery charge or some other crime.

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16 Trans People (That We Know Of) Have Been Murdered this Year

With four months left in 2015, the number of trans people killed this year has already surpassed the 12 known murders of transgender people in 2014.

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Black Activists Know Feds Are Monitoring Them, Yet Refuse to Be Intimidated

When Erika Totten returned to protesting in the DC area after taking a few months off last winter, law enforcement officers were waiting to greet her.

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New Justice Report Finds Shocking Disparities In How Black and White Children Fare in St. Louis Family Courts

What happens to black children in St. Louis County Family Court is disturbing, but it is hardly an outlier.

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Body Cams Can Capture Abuse, But Can They End Police Brutality?

The swift first-degree murder charge filed against a former University of Cincinnati police officer after his body camera captured him shooting an unarmed black man to death reflects how crucial video is in proving police misconduct.

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5 Black Women Have Been Found Dead in Jail in the Last Month

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8 Stats That Reveal Just How Badly the Police State Hurts Black Women

The outrageous shooting death of Sam Dubose by a University of Cincinnati cop is grabbing the headlines, but nearly two weeks after Sandra Bland died in a Texas jail after being stopped and brutally arrested for a minor traffic violation, her questionable detainment makes it clear the criminal justice system is often as brutal to black women as it is to black men. As AlterNet recently reported, Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia overstepped his authority when he asked Bland to put out her cigarette, prolonging and escalating the stop.

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Texas Trooper Had No Right to Ask Sandra Bland to Put Out Her Cigarette

Asking a woman sitting in her vehicle to put out her cigarette during a traffic stop is not a reasonable request for a law enforcement officer to make, and Sandra Bland knew it.

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America Leads Developed World in Treating Working Moms Like Crap

Laura Browder is the latest example of how harsh America can be on working mothers. When an employer called the Houston mother of two to meet up for a job interview, she didn’t have time to line up childcare. Browder ended up taking her 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter with her to the interview location, a local mall, where she kept an eye on her kids from 30 feet away.

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A Staggering Number of Rape Kits - About 70,000 Nationwide - Languish Untested

More than 70,000 rape kits have yet to be tested at more than 1,000 law enforcement agencies across the country, according to an investigation by USA Today.

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Criminal Justice Experts: Bail System Needs More Than Reform, It Needs to Be Scrapped

For years, inmates with non-violent felonies and misdemeanor charges in New York City had to sit in Rikers Island for months—even years sometimes—awaiting trial because they couldn’t afford to pay bail. Under the city’s new bail initiative announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio last week, some 3,000 low-level offenders are eligible for release without bail. They will be supervised by the city or by a non-profit organization in the community. The city estimates that 38,000 people were detained because they could not pay bail. Nearly 10,000 couldn’t pay $1,000 and 3,400 didn’t have $500.

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Would America Stop Locking Up Teens If They Were Mostly White?

Last month, Americans were forced to reckon with the cruelty of placing children in solitary confinement when Kalief Browder hanged himself at his mother’s home after spending three years in Rikers' Island, where he was beaten repeatedly by staff and adult inmates, then released without trial. But we haven't learned our lesson: right now, some 70,000 children are currently behind bars at juvenile facilities where solitary confinement is “routine.”

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Google News Is Better at Collecting Data on Cop Killings than the F.B.I.

If you want to keep up with the number of civilians killed by cops at any given moment, setting up an alert on Google News is likely your best bet.

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One Quarter of People Police Have Killed This Year Were Mentally Ill

A quarter of the 462 people who were shot and killed by police so far this year were in the middle of an emotional or mental health crisis, according to the Washington Post.

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23 Cents an Hour? The Perfectly Legal Slavery Happening in Modern-Day America

If you thought slavery was outlawed in America, you would be wrong. The 13th amendment to the Constitution states that "neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

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Cursing Out Police Is Perfectly Legal, But Cops Routinely Arrest People for It

Being rude is not illegal, even if some of us sometimes wish it were. Being rude to cops, including cursing them out may be ill-advised, but it is protected speech.Yet that doesn’t mean you won’t end up in bracelets anyway.

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When It Comes to Removing Racist Symbols, Money - Not Morality - Talks

When Alabama Governor Robert Bentley ordered the removal of four flags that flew on state Capitol grounds Wednesday morning, his reasons for doing so sounded familiar.

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8 Huge Retailers and Counting Ban Sale of Confederate Flag

At least eight retailers have banned sales of the Confederate flag at their stores and websites as public and corporate pressure mounts to force lawmakers in South Carolina to remove the Civil War-era symbol from its State Capital.

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More Diverse GOP Field Still Not Likely to Pull Black and Latino Votes, Report Says

The GOP has a far more ethnically diverse field of presidential candidates than the Democratic Party, but that does not mean they will have a good chance at pulling black and Latino voters.

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Twitter Responds Hilariously to Hullabaloo About Obama's Use of 'N-Word'

President Barack Obama used the n-word during a podcast with comedian Marc Maron in which the two discussed race relations and gun control in the wake of the Charleston shootings, CNN reports.

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Why Are Media Organizations So Reluctant to Call Dylann Roof a Terrorist?

So far, we know that Dylan Roof, a 21-year-old white man, is in custody in connection with the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Charleston, S.C., where nine people were killed. Images of Roof circulating on social media show him wearing a black jacket bearing the flags of apartheid South Africa and Rhodesia, both known for their histories of state-sanctioned racism and terror against black majorities.

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BREAKING: Rachel Dolezal Quits NAACP Post

Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who has been pretending to be black for years, has resigned her position as president of the Spokane chapter of the N.A.A.C.P., the New York Times reports.

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The Real History of Section 8 Shows the Ignorance of People Who Use It as a Racial Slur

When Tatiana Rhodes, a 19-year-old black woman who hosted a swimming party in a mostly-white neighborhood in McKinney, Tex., was told to go back to “Go back to your Section 8 home,” she knew it was a racial slur. But Section 8 history tells us that public housing was really designed for working white people, according to the Washington Post.

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Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice Makes Absurd Claim: 'He Gave Me No Choice'

The Cleveland cop who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice has figured out a way to attempt to blame the child for his own death. He claims the boy refused to obey demands that he drop the toy gun he was playing with at the time of the shooting, USA Today reports.

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Rachel Dolezal Tried Really Hard to Be Black - But Why?

By now, you may have heard about Rachel Dolezal, the civil rights activist out of Spokane, Wash., who is generating intense media scrutiny after her parents claimed she has been passing as a black woman for years. 

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