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Rikers Island, an end to solitary confinement of children

Rikers Island, an end to solitary confinement of children

The New York City Department of Correction (DOC) has plans to minimize the solitary confinement of 16 and 17 year olds on Rikers Island according to an internal memo.…

New book examines race and violence in America through the Trayvon Martin killing

New book examines race and violence in America through the Trayvon Martin killing

With the nation still reeling from the fatal police shooting of unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, and the ongoing protests, CounterPunch examines American violence against people of color.…

High Court slaps down legal aid reform

High Court slaps down legal aid reform

The lord chancellor acted ‘unlawfully’ in the way he consulted on controversial plans to shake up criminal legal aid, the High Court ruled today.…

After Ferguson, new focus on race and policing

After Ferguson, new focus on race and policing

Last month's fatal shooting of an unarmed African-American teen by a white police officer after a street confrontation in Ferguson, has drawn a new focus on other such cases throughout…

De Blasio signs solitary confinement bill at Rikers Island

De Blasio signs solitary confinement bill at Rikers Island

Amid growing criticism from relatives of inmates and jail reformers, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill that will track and limit the use of solitary confinement at the correctional…

Watchdog says chokehold report will be “troubling”

Watchdog says chokehold report will be “troubling”

The new chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board has said that a forthcoming study would reveal "troubling" findings about the alleged use of chokeholds by police officers.…

The law of joint enterprise needs review, leading academics tell MPs

The law of joint enterprise needs review, leading academics tell MPs

MPs on the Justice Select Committee were told that the law of joint enterprise can cause miscarriages of justice and needs to be reviewed.…

Family of dad who died in police custody welcomes new support for relatives

Family of dad who died in police custody welcomes new support for relatives

The family of a dad who died in police custody has welcomed the launch of a support project for bereaved relatives as they face inquest hearings.…