Belton “Money Rock” Platt, a young, flamboyant drug dealer in Charlotte, N.C., spent 20 years in prison before emerging to become a minister. In a new book, journalist Pam Kelley places his life story in the context of generations of southern racism, and in a chat with TCR she explains why such stories remain painfully relevant today.
Pennsylvania courts sentence defendants to life without parole terms at a rate among the nation’s highest. State Sen. Sharif Street wants lifers to be considered for parole after 15 years — a move that would make 64 percent of lifers eligible for consideration.
Richard Rothstein, a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute, said Thursday that systemic residential segregation continues to have a corrosive effect on U.S. justice. Calling for a resurgent civil rights movement in a speech at John Jay College, he charged the biggest obstacle to change was the Trump administration.
A journalist whose brother was sent to prison for murder recounts the long-term impact on his family and community in “My Brother Moochie.” In a conversation with TCR about his book, Issac Bailey explains how the experience informed his own perspective about race and incarceration in the American South.
F. Lee Bailey, attempting to recast his reputation for winning O. J. Simpson’s acquittal in 1994, is publishing a book arguing that Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman were killed by Cuban or Colombian hitmen.
Speaking in New Orleans, the Massachusetts senator cited disproportionate arrests of African-Americans for petty drug possession; an overloaded public defender system; and state laws that keep convicted felons from voting even after their sentences are complete.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction against Maricopa County, Az., arising from former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s racial profiling tactics and a contempt finding against him for willfully violating a previous order to stop the practice. The case has already cost the county more than $100 million for training and technology and to compensate victims for rights violations.
Many incarcerated individuals develop a cultural or racial consciousness they ignored when they were free—and prison authorities encourage it as a healthy way to build character. But there’s a dark underside, says a Washington State inmate.
The alt-right hopes to hold rallies in Charlottesville, Va., and Washington, D.C., on the anniversary of last year’s shocking demonstrations. But the key organizer says fear of violence and internal bickering likely will tamp down attendance.