U.S. Incarceration Rate Falls, Female Correctional Supervision Rises Faster Than Males

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U.S. Incarceration Rate Falls, But Female Incarceration Twice That of Males (Chart Credit: Bureau of Justice Statistics)

The Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report that shows a slight decrease in the number of adults incarcerated in the U.S. last year. “An estimated 6,899,000 persons were under the supervision of adult correctional systems at the end of 2013, down 0.6% from 2012.” “About 1 in 35 adults (2.8%) in the United States was under some form of correction.”

The number of inmates in local jails fell by almost 2 percent to 731,200. The number of inmates rose one-third of a percent from the previous year, to 1,574,700. State facilities accounted for the increase in prison population, reversing a three-year downward trend. For the first time since 1980, the number of inmates in federal prisons actually fell.

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Females Under Adult Correctional Supervision Twice That of Males (Chart Credit: Bureau of Justice Statistics)

The Bureau of Justice Statistics found “female jail, prison and probation populations grew at a faster rate than the male populations between 2000 and 2010.” There was an “estimated” 1,264,100 females being supervised by adult correctional systems at the end of 2010. That’s up from 2000. The BJS found “on average, females (up 1.6%) under correctional supervision grew at an annual rate that was twice the annual rate of males (up 0.8%) during that period.

Louisiana ranks as the state with the highest percentage of its population behind bars. There are 14 people in Louisiana jails or prisons to every 1,000 residents. Oklahoma (1300), Mississippi (1270), Alabama (1230) and Georgia (1220) follow.

 

 

Here We Go Again: NYPD Officer Caught on Video Punching 12-Year-Old Suspect

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Here We Go Again: NYPD Officer Caught Punching 12-Year-Old Suspect

Here we go again…The NYPD is in the news after a plainclothes officer was caught on video repeatedly punching a 12-year-old suspect in the face.

The NY Daily News reports that Internal Affairs is investigating the incident. “Police also said two suspects, including the one struck, were arrested for assaulting another person with a cane,” the newspaper reports.

It’s unclear when the incident occurred, but YouTube video description is dated Dec. 17:

This happened today on my way to the post office. The kids were 12. They had supposedly pushed one of their classmates down. However when the victim was asked, he said those weren’t the guys. They were still taken away. 12. Years. Old.

Justice At Last: George Stinney Jr. Cleared For Murders of Two White Girls in 1944

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George Stinney Jr. Exonerated For Murders of Two White Girls in 1944

George Stinney Jr., the youngest person executed in the U.S., was cleared by a judge for the murders of two white girls in 1944. Stinney, 14 years old and under 100 pounds was placed in an electric chair for the pair of murders that he did not commit.

A South Carolina judge threw out Stinney’s conviction 70 years later on the basis that he had been wronged by the justice system, which arrested, convicted and executed hiim in a three-month period. Stinney’s relatives had been fighting to clear his name for many years.

President Obama Recounts Personal Experiences with Racial Profiling

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President Obama Recounts Personal Experiences with Racial Profiling (Photo Credit: Pete Souza/White House)

President Obama and the First Lady discussed their own experiences with racism with People magazine, in light of the incidents of racial profiling and the police officer-involved deaths of black males. Michelle Obama said, “I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years. Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs.”

More from Michelle Obama:

I tell this story–I mean, even as the first lady–during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new.

President Obama added, “There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys.”

He alluded to the recent deaths of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice by two white officers:

The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced. It’s one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It’s another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress.

Of course, President Obama’s critics will make it seem as though he is just trying to appease the black community. Never mind the fact that he is biracial.

CA Police Chief Chris Magnus Defends Joining Police Brutality Protests

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CA Police Chief Chris Magnus Defends Joining Police Brutality Protests (Photo Credit: Video Screengrab)

Chris Magnus, the police chief for the Richmond Police Department in California, is defending his decision to join a protest against police brutality while in uniform. He said, “I would do it again. I would like to be a little more prepared for, perhaps, the fallout.”

Magnus was seen on video holding a sign that read “#BlackLivesMatter.” He said the thought it was harmless to hold up the sign, since “the idea that black lives matter is something that I think we all should be able to agree on.”

The Richmond Police Officers Association released a statement blasting Chris Magnus for engaging in political activity while wearing his uniform. To that, Magnus said, “It certainly wasn’t intended to be a political statement, it was intended to be a human statement.”

Al Sharpton Considering Call for Amy Pascal’s Resignation from Sony Over Racist Emails

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Al Sharpton May Call for Amy Pascal’s Resignation from Sony Over Racist Emails (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Rev. Al Sharpton is still considering a call for Amy Pascal’s resignation from Sony Entertainment over racist emails mocking President Obama. Um, who didn’t see this coming? I guess he did not hear what Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry had to say on the massive hacking that led to this email dump.

“I was very offended by the emails that were hacked,” Sharpton said, adding that he will be meeting with Pascal following their phone conversation along with the Urban League’s Marc Morial and the NAACP’s Cornell Brooks. “We’ll determine there whether we are going to join calls for her resignation or whether she is really, seriously going to deal with the fact that Hollywood really reflects a lot of what was said in that conversation,” he said.

“Right now, Hollywood is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher up it goes, the whiter it looks,” Sharpton added. “I don’t know who’s behind the hack, but I know what I read on the hack. And I’m going to give her a lot of heck about the hack.” Source: Mediaite

Oprah Winfrey told CNN’s Don Lemon not to judge Sony executives harshly over the hacked emails.

Winfrey:  “I would hope that we would not stand in judgement, in such harsh judgement, of a moment in time where somebody was hacked and their private conservations were put before the world.” “There are things that you say in your private conversations, with your friends, with your colleagues, that you would not want to be broadcast on CNN.”

Tyler Perry: “We all make stupid mistakes.” He also said he “absolutely” doesn’t believe Amy Pascal is a “racist.”

I agree that the emails were racist, but does Al Sharpton really want to throw Amy Pascal under a bus when he has said some questionable things in the past? How would he like to be constantly judged by the Tawana Brawley scandal or the financial state of his organization, National Action Network?

Black Cardboard Cutout Figures Found Hanging in Effigy on UC Berkley Campus

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Black Cardboard Cutout Figures Found Hanging in Effigy on UC Berkley Campus (Photo Credit: Instagram)

RACISM: The black cardboard cutout figures were found hanging in effigy on the campus of the University of California Berkley Saturday morning. This comes after weeks of protests, #BlackLivesMatter, stemming from a Staten Island grand jury’s decision to clear NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner and the shooting death of teen Michael Brown.

Here are some images from social media:

Heading to UCBERKELEY campus to stand and address effigy found hanging this morning. Join me

A photo posted by Michael McBride (@pastormykmac) on

Praying and standing with my students #ICantBreathe #FergusonNBeyond #EricGarner #Ferguson2CAL

A photo posted by Michael McBride (@pastormykmac) on

Black Twitter Blasts CNN Commentator Tara Setmayer Over Police Brutality Views

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Black Twitter Blasts CNN Commentator Tara Setmayer Over Police Brutality Protests (Photo Credit: Twitter @tarasetmayer)

CNN’s newest political commentator Tara Setmayer is being blasted by black Twitter over her views on the police brutality protests. She accused Al Sharpton and other civil rights activists of ginning up outrage over the protests stemming from the police-involved shooting deaths of black males.

Setmayer, who works for Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, claims the shooting death of these males — Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice — are outliers. Um, tell that to the family of ex-FAMU football player Jonathan Ferrell.

Tata Setmayer says black urban radio is encouraging glorification of gangster culture. She specifically singled out BET.

Here’s the reaction on Twitter:

NY Post, Fox Nation Refer to Jay Z as “Ex-Crack Dealer” Over Cuomo Meeting

The New York Post and Fox Nation referred to Jay Z as a “former crack dealer” after his meeting with New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo to discuss police policy.

Here’s a screenshot from the NY Post’s Page Six:

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NY Post, Fox Nation Call Jay Z “Former Crack Dealer” After Cuomo Meeting

Here’s Fox Nation’s tweet linking to their article:

So much for second chances if you are black, but it’s A-OK if you are white. You get an automatic pass. Take ex-con Bernie Kerik. He seems to have been forgiven for his criminal wrongdoing. How else do you explain CNN using him as a regular commentator in the recent wave of officer-involved shootings?

Al Sharpton, Families of Black Men Killed by Cops, to March in Washington DC

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Al Sharpton, Families of Black Men Killed by Cops, to March in Washington DC (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Rev. Al Sharpton and the relatives of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice will stage the “Justice for All” march on Saturday along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. to protest the deaths of unarmed black males at the hands of white police officers. The march comes as Tamir Rice’s death was ruled a homicide. The 12-year-old was fatally shot by Cleveland rookie cop Timothy Loehmann.

The family of Trayvon Martin, the teen who was gunned down by volunteer neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, will also be joining Sharpton for the march.

Members of several civil rights organizations will also take part in the march, set to begin at noon. There will also be speeches outlining the legislative agenda the protesters are calling on Congress to enact, including an end to police vilence and to reform that grand jury system, specifically when police officers are involved in deaths.

Al Sharpton said the reason for the march, “All over the country we all need to come together and demand this Congress deal with the issues, that we need laws to protect the citizens in these states from these state grand jurors,” USA Today reports. Other marches across the U.S. are also planned for Saturday.