Merinda Davis

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While America is distracted by the Trump freakshow, Indiana just passed one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the nation

Governor Mike Pence is expected to sign a bill into law that would end nearly all abortions in his state<p>While most of America observed in shocked horror as Donald Trump's ignorant mobs obediantly carried out the fascistic orders of their orange cult leader to pummel and hurl racial epithets at …

Data Protection

Bringing Down the Flowers: The Controversial History of Abortion

Was abortion a crime in previous centuries? The answer has shaped recent Supreme Court rulings—and might do so again.<p>The Supreme Court will weigh just how easy it should be to obtain an abortion on Wednesday when they hear <i>Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt</i>, the most significant abortion case since …

Data Protection

White Texans Complain Their Voting Rights Are Being Trampled

Dallas County has been hit with a lawsuit alleging that a recent redistricting map violates the voting rights of a local minority group. The …

United States

U.S. rate of incarcerated women is shockingly high, and rising.

Though it’s home to only 5 percent of the world’s female population, the U.S. claims nearly 30 percent of the world’s women in prison. That's …

Rhode Island

Into the Body of Another

In an effort to protect children in the midst of addiction epidemics, some states are jailing women for using drugs during pregnancy. But is incarceration the best approach?<p>In a four-bedroom, white house by the airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2-year-old Jacob squirmed around in Mickey Mouse pajamas, …

Pregnancy

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system that’s left the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world. But they've failed to reckon with history. Fifty years after Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report “The Negro Family” tragically helped create this …

To This Day

Richard Glossip and the End of the Death Penalty

<i>Update: Richard Glossip’s execution was delayed on Wednesday afternoon by thirty-seven days because of questions concerning the chemicals used for lethal injection.</i><p>If the Supreme Court abolishes the death penalty soon, which Justice Antonin Scalia said, last week, that he “wouldn’t be surprised” to …

Death Penalty
Eighth Amendment

Why Don't Supreme Court Justices Ever Change Their Minds in Favor of the Death Penalty?

Harry Blackmun, John Paul Stevens, and Lewis Powell—all appointed by Republican presidents—started out as supporters of capital punishment. Their decades-long study of capital cases made them see things differently.<p>If you spend any time at all studying the death penalty in America today you …

The Possibly Coerced Confession at the Heart of the Bite Mark Case

Filed 5:43 p.m.<p>06.08.2015<p>News<p>Re-assessing a videotaped interrogation.<p>The September 1985 murder of 12-year-old Raymond Fife shocked and angered …

Out of Spite: The Governor of Nebraska’s Threat to Execute Prisoners

After his state abolishes the death penalty, Governor Pete Ricketts vows to apply it to the ten inmates still on death row.<p>“A punitive impulse has controlled criminal justice in America for almost half a century,” Columbia law professor Robert Ferguson writes in his searing book, <i>Inferno: An Anatomy</i> …

Death Row

40 Reasons Why Our Jails Are Full of Black and Poor People

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reports 2.2 million people are in our nation's jails and prisons and another 4.5 million people are on probation or parole in the U.S., totaling 6.8 million people, one of every 35 adults. We are far and away the world leader in putting our own people in jail. …

Human Rights
Death Row

Don't expect NSA reform to matter as long as there's still a war on drugs

Surveillance hawks just need a reason, any reason<p>Before the war on terror was born, there was the war on drugs — and despite the recent erosion in punitive drug laws across the US, the federal war on drugs is still expanding. <i>USA Today</i> reports that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted …

Surveillance

Turnbull's Digital Transformers discover log files contain more than meets the eye

Hey government agencies, there's more than meets the eye in your data Malcolm Turnbull's legacy-hunting Digital Transformation Office (DTO) has …

Inaugural conference of the Bernstein Institute for Human Rights features emerging voices in the field

The inaugural conference of the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights reflected the new institute's mission to deepen engagement on a wide …

Federal police want to use military drones to spy on Australians from the sky

In support of its argument for using military surveillance capabilities, the AFP cites the experience of "Operation Alate", a 2014 investigation into …

Surveillance

'It's problematic': inventor of US lethal injection reveals death penalty doubts

<i>Dr Jay Chapman sought to develop a more humane method of execution but miscarriages of justice leave him ambivalent about capital punishment</i><p>Dr Jay …

'Am I being executed?' Brazilian killed by Indonesia unaware until end, says priest

Priest who counselled Rodrigo Gularte – who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder – says he tried in vain for three days to explain to the inmate he was about to die<p>A Brazilian man executed by firing squad along with seven other prisoners in Indonesia on Wednesday had …

Asia