He earned a full ride to University of Akron, spent 15 years wrongly imprisoned instead.
"Sutton was invited by the University of Akron's chapter of the Ohio Innocence Project to share his story about his wrongful conviction during a program Wednesday called 'Race and Wrongful Conviction: The Case of Michael Sutton.' "
By April Helms
March 3, 2023
Deaths in custody are a crisis, and data on them is a black hole, a new report says
"The U.S. government doesn't know how many people die in law enforcement custody or while imprisoned each year, according to a new report by The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Project on Government Oversight."
February 28, 2023
By Jaclyn Diaz
Oklahomans with criminal records can change lives. Let's be a state that honors 2nd chances.
"Tammy’s transformation reminds us that people with a past can change their lives and impact their communities for the better. Let’s build on recent progress and make Oklahoma a state that honors second chances."
February 26, 2023
By Tammy Franklin & Sarah Decker
Pennsylvania governor says he won't sign any execution warrants, calls for abolishing death penalty
"Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro, who took office last month after having been state attorney general, said 'he system is fallible, and the outcome is irreversible.' "
By Zoë Richards
February 16, 2023
The vast majority of criminal cases end in plea bargains, a new report finds
"A new report finds that the vast majority of criminal cases end in a plea bargain. The American Bar Association says the practice puts efficiency over fairness and leads to innocent people being coerced to plead guilty."
By Carrie Johnson
February 22, 2023
How the Supreme Court emboldened officers like those charged with killing Tyre Nichols
"The fatal beating in Memphis has reignited calls to end “qualified immunity," a cop-coddling doctrine invented by the Supreme Court."
By Jordan Rubin
January 30, 2023
Qualified Immunity: How 'ordinary police work' tramples civil rights
Read Lyle's article on Scalawag magazine to learn more about the many instances in which qualified immunity has be weaponized.
Editorial: Death penalty's retreat is excruciatingly slow
"Brown’s action marked the most expansive instance of death penalty clemency since Illinois Gov. George Ryan commuted the sentences of all of his state's 167 death row inmates in 2003."
January 2, 2023
By The LA Times Editorial Board
Image: The execution chamber at the Oregon
State Penitentiary in Salem in 2011.
Amber McLaughlin: Missouri carries out first execution of openly transgender inmate for 2003 murder
"The state of Missouri executed Amber McLaughlin on Tuesday evening, marking the first time a US state has carried out the death penalty against an openly transgender individual."
January 4, 2023
By Josh Marcus
Mercy for justice: Why Missouri should stop nation's first execution of transgender woman
"But beyond this historical first, a look at McLaughlin’s case reveals that she is not all that different from many people on death row in this country."
January 2, 2023
By Austin Sarat
A bill to fight expensive prison phone call costs heads to Biden's desk
"The Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act of 2022, which was approved by Congress last month, is a major victory for the Federal Communications Commission in its yearslong fight to cap how much private companies charge incarcerated people for phone calls."
January 1, 2023
By Juliana Kim
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