Entries by Shoshannah Sayers

The Marshall Project sheds new light on the U.S. criminal justice system

An important new criminal justice resource has just come online: The Marshall Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization devoted to criminal justice reform. The Marshall Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization founded on two simple ideas. In their own words: 1) There is a pressing national need for high-quality journalism about the American criminal […]

Activists Wield Search Data to Challenge and Change Police Policy

DURHAM, N.C. — One month after a Latino youth died from a gunshot as he sat handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser here last year, 150 demonstrators converged on Police Headquarters, some shouting “murderers” as baton-wielding officers in riot gear fired tear gas. The police say the youth shot himself with a hidden […]

Votes Not Counted: April’s Story

April Sidbury is a North Carolina registered voter whose vote was not counted due to the elimination of same day registration under the new voter suppression law (H.B. 589). Previously, voters were allowed to register and vote at the same time during the early voting period. April did not have a voice in this election […]

Carrboro NC Passes Resolution Welcoming Immigrant Children

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen today unanimously passed a resolution supporting immigrant children and local governments’ constitutional duty to provide immigrant children with a public education without regard to a student’s immigration status.  The resolution was developed and supported by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, the ACLU of North Carolina, and numerous individual and […]

Votes Not Counted: Marianne’s Story

Marianne Weant is a married mother of three, including newborn twins. She also works in the non-profit industry. She and her family recently moved from Mecklenburg County to Cary, in order to be closer to her parents. Marianne has a lot of demands on her time and attention, but she makes time for voting. But […]

SCSJ Files Suit Challenging Mistreatment at Lanesboro Correctional

Five men formerly held at Lanesboro Correction Institution in Anson County, NC have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that officers repeatedly helped gang-affiliated inmates get weapons and wage attacks. Plaintiffs in the case allege that they were violently assaulted by fellow prisoners wielding contraband weapons, and that corrections staff were aware of these attacks and […]

Charlotte Observer Reports that Officers at Lanesboro helped gang members wage attacks

Five former inmates at Lanesboro Correctional Institution have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that officers at the Anson County prison repeatedly helped gang-affiliated inmates get weapons and wage attacks. Some officers went so far as to open locked doors to allow attacks on inmates, the lawsuit contends. The suit also maintains that supervisors at Lanesboro […]

Votes Not Counted: Dale’s Story

Dale Hicks is a 38-year-old veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Dale was forced to sit on the sidelines this election because of the law passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013 to combat alleged voter fraud. That new law (H.B. 589) ended same day registration—the ability of voters to register (or […]