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The 10 Ferguson Stories You Need to See
Originally Posted: 11/26/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Editor’s Note: On Monday night, it was announced that a grand jury in St. Louis County found no probable cause to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson on any of five possible counts. Throughout t ...

In the Name of Security
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 2:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee How the U.S. became a torturing nation—and how to make it stop. THE SAD RECORD of human histo ...

Untying the Hands of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Molly M. Gill Mandatory minimum sentences are both irrational and unjust. THE UNITED STATES has more than 2.3 ...

Five Questions for Susan Burton
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 12:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project Bio: Founder of A New Way of Life ...

Superstar-Studded Coalition to President Obama: Let’s Tackle Mass Incarceration and Drug Policy Reform Together
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 12:02pm | Type: Press

April 10, 2013 Sojo in the News Global Grind ...

What’s Next for the First Catholic Bishop Convicted in Sex Abuse Cover-Up?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Catholic Bishop Robert W. Finn was found guilty Thursday of failing to tell police about a priest suspected of sexually exploiting children, an unprecedented verdict that is being hailed as a landmark in the e ...

Is Solitary Confinement a Moral Punishment? (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Last month, the U.S. Senate held its first hearing ever on the issue of solitary confinement in prisons. To draw attention to the issue, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture urged Americans to fast ...

When the Spirit Says Go
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle Alexander The fight against mass incarceration is joined by an emerging faith-based movement. SEVERA ...

News: Quick Links 2
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Side Effects Of Fast-Tracking Deportations The Side Effects Of Fast-Tracking Deportations Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security released its deportation statist ...

Why We Need Criminal Justice Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. prisons and jails accounts for 25 percent of the world's incarcerated, and, as Michelle Alexander ...

Despite Genocide, I See Hope for Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The events that I saw in my childhood during the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sudan/" target="_blank">war in Sudan</a> are called genocide today. ...

Seeking Mercy (and Justice) in Mississippi
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In 1994, Jamie and Gladys Scott were convicted in a Mississippi state court. In 1994, Jamie and Gladys Scott were convicted in a Mississippi state court. Despite the fact that Jai ...

The Fair Sentencing Act: A (Small) Step Towards Making Things Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I want to tell you a story. It's a tale about drugs, prison, race, and justice (or the lack thereof).</p> I want to tell you a story. It's a tale about drugs, pr ...

We Sentence Innocent People to their Deaths
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.witnesstoinnocence.org/"></a>It is <a href="http://www.amnestyusa.org/death-penalty/participate-in-death-penalty-awareness-week/page.do?id=1641094&quo ...

More Religion, Less Juvenile Crime
Originally Posted: 04/27/2011 - 3:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

John J. DiIulio Jr. The case for faith, not prison, to prevent youth crime. From 1985 to 1994, the rates at wh ...

Cities Light Up for Life
Originally Posted: 04/27/2011 - 3:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger In November, 1,150 cities around the world—including 60 capitals—lit up public buildings to support an end to the death ...

Calling All Drug Dealers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Does this sound familiar? A poor, minority community experiences high levels of violence and drug dealing. A predominantly white police force sweeps in and arrests many offenders. ...

Huckabee Got it Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Mike Huckabee is done as a presidential contender. That's the word on the street. Mike Huckabee is done as a presidential contender. That's the word on the street. Wh ...

In My Community: Equal at Birth, but Incarcerated at Adulthood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Dane County, Wisconsin, is an amazing community for African-American babies to be born into. It is a horrible community in which to live if you are an adult African-American male. ...

Notorious Arizona Sheriff has Federal Immigration Enforcement Role Revoked
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Living in Maricopa County, Arizona, we are used to seeing our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/12/action-alert-victory-department-of-justice-to-investigate-arizona-sheriffs-racial-profiling/" ...

Roman Polanski and the Politics of Remembering
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm reluctant to comment regarding film-maker Roman Polanski's arrest and the attempt to extradite him to the U.S. I'm reluctant to comment regarding film-maker Rom ...

46 Years and Counting: What Happened to the Dream?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Forty-six years ago, on Aug. 28, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood and gave the <a href="http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm">"I Have a Dream" ...

The Professor and the Police Officer Got Trapped in the 'Script'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I have been away for the last couple of weeks, first for a family wedding and reunion on a lake in northern Michigan, and then at the Chautauqua conference center in rural New York state. ...

Henry Louis Gates Jr. Arrested, Now Who Owes Whom an Apology?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/07/charges_to_be_d.html" target="_blank">The Cambridge Police Department arrested Harvard Professor Henry Louis G ...

False Witness Redeemed: Forgiveness After 11 Years of Wrongful Conviction
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A white woman is raped by a black man in North Carolina. During the assault, she studies his face, determined to bring him to justice. She later identifies a suspect both in photos and in-person line- ...

Competing Narratives: Lessons from the Jena 6, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/08/lessons-from-the-jena-6">[continued from part 1]</a></p> [continued from ...

Lessons from the Jena 6
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>What lessons do we take away from the Jena 6 story? Six young men won't be dragging a felony conviction into adult life. That's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/06/29/the-jena-6-ar ...

The Jena 6 are Free!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://friendsofjustice.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/p6264470-11.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225"></a>The <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2007/09/20/jena-is-america-by-lydi ...

'These Are Our Children'
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Liane Rozzell New models are transforming juvenile justice. When young people commit offenses, adults must res ...

Equal Justice Under the Law: The Case for Cocaine Sentencing Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but an accurate weight is his delight. (Proverbs 11:1)</p> A false balance is an abomination to t ...

American Violet and the Idolatry of Law
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>NPR's Wade Goodwyn has been working on <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103056359">this story </a>ever since he attended the premier of the film ...

American Violet: Drug War Injustice Hits the Big Screen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.americanviolet.com/"><em>American Violet</em></a>, a Hollywood blockbuster that opens in theaters next week, tells the story of Regina Kelly, one of the pe ...

Eric Holder, Ted Stevens, and Prosecutorial Misconduct that Doesn't Make Headlines
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

No one is saying that Ted Stevens didn't lie about unreported contributions. But the government has to play by the rules even when the defendant is guilty. No one is saying ...

Torture and the Currency of Human Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>In this land that has inherited through our forebears the noblest understandings of the rule of law, our government has deliberately chosen the way of barbarism ...</p> ...

A Chance to Change Our Failed War on Drugs in Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Add this <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/23/AR2008112302041.html">op-ed from yesterday's <em>Washington Post</em></a> to the list of ...

Chiquita Paid for Left- and Right-Wing Terror, and Victims of Both Demand Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/11/blood-bananas-by-ryan-rodrick.html">I posted last November</a> about legal proceedings against Chiquita for protection money paid t ...

Fighting Recidivism with Resurrection
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>On Easter Sunday sermons about new life and transformation, resurrection and redemption abound. On Easter Sunday sermons about new life and transformation, resurrecti ...

Acts of Strength
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 8:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Wagner-Carollo Incarcerated women use theater to share their stories - and shape their lives. I need you, ...

Karl Barth Still Belongs in Prison
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>I recently <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/09/karl-barth-belongs-in-prison-b.html">posted</A> about the purging of religious books from prison libraries acro ...

What's In a Name? (Parole if you're good.)
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Although, some less so than others. Here at the Sojou ...

Crime and Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright What does the cross tell us about the ethics of capital punishment? At Easter, Christians cele ...

A U.S. Gulag
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The Guantanamo prison is beyond the pale. Fifty-five percent of the prisoners at Camp Delta ...

Double Standard?
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

James Ferguson In February a New York court found Iraqi-American Rafil Dhafir, 57, guilty of violating U.S. sanctions against Iraq and of ...

The Man Who Would Be King
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 6:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Ray McGovern What to do when a president places himself above the law? There are few times as deeply etched i ...

Good Samaritans
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 6:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Celeste Kennel-Shank Shanti Sellz and Daniel Strauss, both 23, face felony charges for aiding people in the Arizona desert who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. Their appeal to have ...

Come On Down!
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 6:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Twenty-five Christian peacemakers, members of Witness Against Torture, walked 50 miles from Santiago, Cuba, to the gates of the controversial U.S. Naval Base at ...

Rebel Galileans
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 7:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Whettstone Jesus on the cross is best viewed as what that event concretely was, an imperial execution," says Mark Lewis Taylor ...

Feeding the Gods of Unfreedom
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

Will Campbell It's time to admit: We've lost the War on Drugs Some while back I tarried by the mail ...