Criminal Justice


Mental health first-responder programs are being launched in cities like New York, San Francisco, and elsewhere as an attempt to diminish police violence.
Mental Illness Is Not a Crime, So Why Do We Police it Like One?

American cities are finally implementing first-responder programs that send behavioral health professionals—not cops—to non-violent and mental health-related crises.

A formerly incarcerated writer discusses the criminal justice reform issues he'd like to raise with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Graphic via Denzel Boyd for COURIER
I Was Once Incarcerated for a Non-Violent Drug Offense. Let’s Do Lunch, Kamala Harris.

If I were ever given the opportunity to sit down with the future vice president, I'd like to have a meaningful conversation about criminal justice reform.

Breonna Taylor grand juror statement
Juror: The Only Charges We Were Presented With Had Nothing to Do With Breonna Taylor’s Killing

"Questions were asked about additional charges and the grand jury was told there would be none because the prosecutors didn't feel they could make them stick."

The Fate of Florida — And America — Could Come Down To An Unjust Poll Tax

"I didn't appreciate the vote until I lost my rights as a felon. If they want to stop a bunch of Blacks and Latinos from voting, it must be important."

Protests against racial injustice continued this week after a Kentucky grand jury decided not to charge any officers for the death of Breonna Taylor while she slept in her apartment (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Two Advocates Sound Off on the Failure to Charge Breonna Taylor’s Killers and the Path Forward

Despite the lack of justice for Breonna Taylor and the pain that has caused, activists urge the nation to continue fighting racial injustice—that includes speaking out, showing up, and voting.

A woman speaks during a protest, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. A grand jury has indicted one officer on criminal charges six months after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police in Kentucky. The jury presented its decision against fired officer Brett Hankison Wednesday to a judge in Louisville, where the shooting took place. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Protests Erupt After Grand Jury Declines to Press Charges for Breonna Taylor’s Death

Anger and sadness over the decision not to charge Kentucky police for Breonna Taylor's death poured into protests in US streets Wednesday.

People gather in Jefferson Square awaiting word on charges against police officers, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. A grand jury has indicted one officer on criminal charges six months after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police in Kentucky. The jury presented its decision against fired officer Brett Hankison Wednesday to a judge in Louisville, where the shooting took place. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Grand Jury Indicts Only One of Three Cops Involved in Breonna Taylor Case—and Not for Her Death

Former Louisville Police Officer Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of “wanton endangerment” in Breonna Taylor's killing.