Now, 32 years old, having been incarcerated for 15 years, Juan Rayford Jr. remains in a San Diego-area prison with freedom now his primary dream.
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Black Teens Receive 11 Life Sentences in Crime Where No One Was Hurt

NNPA NEWSWIRE — A 2012 Human Rights Watch report noted that the state of California had de facto sentenced 301 people to die in its prisons for crimes they committed when they were under the age of 18. […read more]


The Justice Department After Holder

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. hasn’t left the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building yet, but civil rights activists are worried about whether a strong advocate in Holder’s mold will succeed him. Holder recently submitted his resignation Read More


A Lame Civil Rights Record

(Politico) – Civil rights leaders and community activists cheered when Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced on Thursday that the Justice Department would be investigating the Ferguson Police Department for possible civil rights violations—a move prompted by the August 9 shooting death of an Read More


Holder Grows in the Job

  (The Washington Post) – Setting clear management guidelines may be the least glamorous part of being a Cabinet secretary, but by this measure, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has succeeded over the past year in communicating his law-enforcement priorities to the Justice Department. Read More


New Guidelines Address School Discipline Disparities

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the 2011-2012 school year, Black students without disabilities were more than three times as likely to be expelled or suspended as their White counterparts, according to data from the Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Read More


Gov’t: Most School Discipline Need Not Mean Court

KIMBERLY HEFLING, AP Education Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday pressed the nation’s schools to abandon what it described as overly zealous discipline policies that send students to court instead of the principal’s office. Even before the announcement, school districts around the Read More


Justice Department Will Sue N.C. Over New Voting Laws

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Stepping up efforts to combat voting laws that discriminate against Blacks, Attorney General Eric Holder announced plans to sue North Carolina over restrictive, new voting laws that critics say will suppress the minority vote. In a Read More


Justice Department Gets Smart on Crime

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In a stunning turn in criminal justice policy, Attorney General Eric Holder announced steps the Justice Department will take to address over population in federal prisons by changing mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines and pushing non-violent drug Read More


Blackonomics: On What Ground are We Standing?

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist What has become our mantra in this post-George Zimmerman are U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder’s words to the NAACP last week; “We must stand our ground” against injustice.  Holder drew cheers, “Amens,” and a standing ovation when he spoke those Read More


Attorney General Eric Holder Denounces ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

[The Washington Post] ORLANDO — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. strongly condemned “stand your ground” laws Tuesday, saying the measures “senselessly expand the concept of self-defense” and may encourage “violent situations to escalate.” The statutes, which have been enacted in more than 30 states, Read More


Political Prisoners: America’s Most Wanted

by Eric Ture Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Targeting Assata Shakur, the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list and the secret shame of political prisoners inside the United States of America ATLANTA ( – The Federal Bureau of Investigation says Black liberation Read More


White House Pushes for Media Shield Law

[The New York Times] WASHINGTON — The Obama administration sought on Wednesday to revive legislation that would provide greater protections to reporters from penalties for refusing to identify confidential sources, and that would enable journalists to ask a federal judge to quash subpoenas for their Read More