Criminal Justice

When Ameneh Bahrami rejected a man’s marriage proposal, he turned bitter and threw acid into her face leaving her with extreme disfigurements. She went through 19 agonising operations and is permanently blind, but this didn’t stop her wanting justice on the man who ruined her life. In court, the judge wanted the accused to serve a lengthy prison sentence and pay full compensation to Ameneh, but she had different ideas: She asked if she could have exact revenge, by injecting acid into the man’s eyes. The court allowed it as a capital punishment, and arrangements were made for Ameneh to inject 20 drops of acid into her attacker’s eyes to blind him.

However, in a last-minute act of peace and bravery, Ameneh decided to pardon her attacker. Strapped to a bed, he kicked and spat at her while he awaited the injection, but she could not ruin someone else’s life, no matter what he’d done to her. She told everyone: “I couldn’t do it, I knew I could not live with it until the end of my life. I knew I would have suffered and burned twice had I done that.”

Racial justice groups bailed out hundreds of black moms for Mother’s Day

  • Racial justice activists have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to bail out black moms just in time for Mother’s Day, Mother Jones reported Friday.
  • The National Black Mamas Bail Out Day has collected over $550,000 and is using it to bail out mothers who could not otherwise afford to see their families. 
  • According to Mother Jones, $25,000 has been set aside for women in several cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, New York City, Oakland and 13 others. Read more. (5/13/17, 6:59)

“Terrorism is different. People expect us to prevent it. And we can’t afford to lose. We can’t get anything wrong.” 

Meet Zainab Ahmad, the Assistant U.S. Attorney who has probably logged more hours talking to legitimate Al Qaeda members and hardened terrorist killers than any other prosecutor in America.

Since 2009, she has prosecuted thirteen international terrorist suspects for the American government. And she hasn’t lost a single case yet.

College Majors as lines from Hamilton
  • Psychology: Some men say that I'm intense or I'm insane
  • Chemistry: SHA-BOOM
  • Accounting: We need to handle our financial situation
  • History: But Jesus between all the bleeding and fighting I've been reading and writing
  • Business: Shake hands with him, charm her
  • English: He started retreatin and readin every treatise on the shelf
  • Creative writing: You built me palaces out of paragraphs
  • Criminal justice: Stay out of trouble and you double your choices
  • Pre Med/Nursing: Stay alive
  • Education: Give us a verse, drop some knowledge
  • Theater: Yo yo yo what time is it? SHOW TIME!
  • Music: You changed the melody every time
  • Foreign language: I came from afar just to say "bonsoir!"
  • Political Science: Don't modulate the key then not debate with me
  • Current Affairs: How lucky we are to be alive right now, history is happening
  • Fashion: I think your pants look hot
  • Philosophy: You want a revolution, I want a revelation
  • Theology: I'm searching and scanning for answers in every line
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3.28.17|| sitting at my last broadcast for ΣΑΠ, and took a criminal justice exam this morning and presented a modern dance project. After this I’m gonna go study for my statistics quiz I have tomorrow.

shit my criminal justice professor has pulled
  • On the second week of class wore a baseball cap and sunglasses and attempted to go undercover within the students before class started just to “catch wind” of the latest gossip
  • wore a maternity dress over his regular clothes and then another layer of regular clothes on top of that just to make a joke in the middle of class by stripping down to the maternity dress
  • This thing called “Mowen dollars” which is just a piece of paper with his face on it that counts as extra credit if you turn it in with a test or paper
  • Called us his “little ducklings” on multiple occasions
  • Told us to flip off the class in the hall as we were leaving because they interrupted the middle of his lecture
  • Also has this thing called “infinite generosity” where if you ask him to do something he won’t say no
  • For example, we can now use notes on every exam
  • Constantly photoshops his face onto pictures on his powerpoints
  • Got a speeding ticket and went to court to argue it with science about inclines and how it artificially adds speed to a car when they’re going down. 
  • Lost the case and had to pay the ticket anyways. 
  •  Used his infinite generosity to grant us the option of actually turning in our final term paper without repercussions
  •  Bargained with us that if 84% of the class responded to the teacher survey sent out by the university we could basically take the final test as a class
  • Has had the highest rate of teacher survey response in the department for 4 years running and considers it a personal victory
  • Took multiple pictures of the armored trucks that our local police department has purchased from his home while only wearing underwear
  • In his infinite generosity, he made the final term paper optional because some kid asked him to like a week before it was supposed to be due

In 2010, a sixteen-year-old boy was accused of stealing a backpack. He spent three years in Rikers Island, enduring abuse and solitary confinement, yet he was never convicted of a crime and charges were ultimately dropped. 

How did this happen?

Find out when Spike presents “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story,” a six-part documentary event beginning tonight at 10/9c.

Help spread the word on social media using the hashtag #KaliefBrowder and these assets: http://spike.tumblr.com/kalief  

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Jerry Miller spent more than 25 years behind bars for kidnapping, rape and robbery — crimes he didn’t commit. Miller was released from prison in 2006. In 2007, after decades of insisting he was innocent, Miller was finally vindicated: He became the 200th American to be cleared by DNA evidence of a wrongful conviction.

Miller’s story is now part of a new book called Anatomy of Innocence. It fleshes out personal accounts of wrongful convictions, with a twist: In each chapter, a mystery or thriller writer tells the story of a real-life exoneree.

An Exoneree Shares His Story Of Wrongful Conviction In ‘Anatomy Of Innocence’

(Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

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Name: Brianna
Age: 19
Country: USA

I am a 19 year old girl living in Colorado, USA. I am studying criminal justice in college. I really love relaxing and listening to music. My favorite music type is more alternative and some of my favorite bands are The 1975, BORNS, Arctic Monkeys, The Neighbourhood, Twenty One Pilots, Alt-J, and Glass Animals. I currently work at a hospital in the emergency room and I love it! I also binge watch Netflix, and my current show of choice is Dexter. I love meeting and talking to new people, so don’t be afraid to contact me!

Preferences: 17-22

For such dealings with criminals, white or black, the South had no machinery, no adequate jails or reformatories; its police system was arranged to deal with blacks alone, and tacitly assumed that every white man was ipso facto a member of that police … the police system of the South was originally designed to keep track of all Negroes, not simply of criminals; and when the Negroes were freed and the whole South was convinced of the impossibility of free Negro labor, the first almost universal device was to use the courts as a means of reenslaving the blacks. It was not then a question of crime, but rather one of color, that settled a man’s conviction on almost any charge.
—  W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk

Designed by architect Josef Hohensinn in 2004, the Justice Centre Leoben is located in Styria, Austria and houses both a court and prison complex. Aimed at rehabilitating offenders, the huge building houses a maximum number of 205 inmates at a time and offers access to a range of facilities considered luxuries. To name a few, these include: private bathrooms and balconies attached to each cell, outdoor ping pong tables, televisions, a gym and a basketball court. Around the perimeters of the prison, there are inscriptions which translate to “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” as well as "All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect.” The ultimate aim of this system is to provide prisoners with an incentive to pursue good behaviour and productive lifestyles once released back into society.