Leigh Guidry Lafayette Daily Advertiser Published 7:12 PM EST Dec 12, 2018 A classroom fills slowly Tuesday morning. Most of the students sit on the back two rows. One is in the front. There's a woman with graying hair, a young guy with a curly ponytail and blue earbuds, someone in camouflage, another in sweats. One man wears a Mario T-shirt. One woman is more dressed up. They represent a range of demographics and lives — black, white, younger, a bit older, some with families, working and going to school or not. MORE: Deadline nearing for Lafayette Parish magnet applications Today they are on the same page, a worksheet of math problems they're going over with South Louisiana Community College instructor Brandon Rousseau. "Can we do No. 6?" asks a 27-year-old stay-at-home mom from New Iberia. On another she helps a classmate sitting behind her. For the final 20 minutes of class they start "a discussion on circles." Rousseau uses words … [Read more...] about Can education for adults reduce the risk of poverty?
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By Hayley Munguia | [email protected] | Long Beach Press-TelegramPUBLISHED: December 4, 2018 at 7:28 pm | UPDATED: December 4, 2018 at 7:32 pm It’s been months since Long Beach first decided to create a legal defense fund to support immigrants facing deportation, and thanks to a City Council vote on Tuesday, Dec. 4, that idea will finally become a reality. The council approved an agreement between the city and the nonprofit Vera Institute of Justice to create and oversee the fund, on a 6-3 vote. Councilmembers Suzie Price, Daryl Supernaw and Stacy Mungo opposed. All three said they would have preferred the money go directly to local organizations like Centro CHA or the Long Beach Bar Association, and they would have supported a motion to prevent people from using the fund if they were facing deportation because they were convicted of certain crimes. As part of the deal, Long Beach will also join Vera’s SAFE Cities Network, which launched in 11 other cities like Santa … [Read more...] about Long Beach creates long-awaited immigrant legal defense fund with Vera Institute of Justice
Colleen Slevin, Associated Press Updated 4:08 pm CST, Thursday, November 15, 2018 DENVER (AP) — A network of U.S. cities and counties paying for lawyers to represent immigrants facing deportation in the wake of the Trump administration's immigration crackdown is planning to expand. During a network conference Thursday in Denver, New York-based Vera Institute of Justice announced it was seeking proposals from cities and counties to join its Safety and Fairness for Everyone Network. The network currently includes 12 cities and counties in eight states — California, Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia and Maryland — that are using taxpayer dollars to pay for legal representation, although some also raise private money. While there were efforts to provide attorneys to immigrants in California before the election of President Donald Trump, the other members did not do so until 2017 with the formation of the network, network director Annie … [Read more...] about Network of local immigrant legal defense funds expanding
(NNPA) – Most violence occurs between victims and offenders of the same race, regardless of race, according to an evidence brief from the Vera Institute of Justice, titled An Unjust Burden: The Disparate Treatment of Black Americans in the Criminal Justice System, and a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The rate of both Black-on-Black and White-on-White nonfatal violence declined 79 percent between 1993 and 2015. The number of homicides involving both a Black victim and Black perpetrator fell from 7,361 in 1991 to 2,570 in 2016. The issue isn’t the crime, it’s the selective, disproportionately harsher punishment and sentencing of African Americans. “Some of the laws, such as those disenfranchising convicted felons, have their origin, if not in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, then in the era that saw the emergence of the KKK and white supremacy. They were clearly intended to keep African Americans and likely, though to a lesser extent, poor … [Read more...] about Transatlantic Slave Trade: Five hundred years later, Blacks and the justice system
Nearly three years after inmates sued the Middlesex County Jail over their "inhumane" stays in solitary confinement, the county and the ACLU have reached a settlement that will change the way the punishment is used. Inmates will get shorter confinements, and more hours out of their cell. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and the state's Office of the Public Defender announced the resolution Monday, saying the county has agreed to limit the number of days an inmate can be sent to solitary and give those inmates a chance to interact with others. "In Middlesex County, it's no longer possible to lock someone in solitary confinement and throw away the key," said the plaintiffs' attorney, Deputy Public Defender Fletcher Duddy. The 2015 lawsuit had argued that that is exactly what the county did with at least some of the nine inmates who put their names on the federal suit, alleging the treatment violated their civil rights and constituted cruel and unusual punishment. Three … [Read more...] about Solitary confinement will be shortened at this jail as part of lawsuit settlement