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African Americans ‘Disproportionate’ Victims of South Carolina Cop Shootings

A six-month investigation of South Carolina officer-involved shootings over the past decade by The Greenville News revealed shortcomings in the use of police bodycams and failures to report incidents to the state office responsible for investigating them. The victims were disproportionately African Americans, the paper said.

Teen Arrests Fall Sharply in New York: Is ‘Raise the Age’ Responsible?

The number of 16-year-olds arrested in New York for nonviolent or violent felonies dropped 25 percent in the first six months of 2019, according to data obtained by The Chronicle of Social Change. Some sources credit “changes in police response and youth behavior”; others point to last year’s overhaul of the state’s juvenile justice system. 

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More Than Half of Michigan Juvenile Lifers ‘Still Await Resentencing’

The 2016 Supreme Court decision to make its previous ban on mandatory life terms for juveniles retroactive has been applied inconsistently across the U.S.  One Pennsylvania county is expected to complete all of its cases this summer; but in Michigan, some 200 inmates are still waiting to go before a judge, according to a Detroit Free Press investigation.

‘Cultural Healing’ and the Search for Justice in Tribal Lands

For justice-involved members of the Chippewa nation in northern Minnesota, the judicial system has failed to tackle the “historical traumas” that have mired them in substance abuse and other ills. But tribal and state authorities are collaborating on a plan to apply traditional tribal notions of restorative justice to their needs.