A bill that would effectively ‘ban the box’ on some state job applications was officially signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards Wednesday. Ban the Box is a nationwide effort to remove the criminal history section on job applications with the hopes of helping a person with a criminal history to at least get past the application phase and make it to an interview where they can better explain themselves.
When you read theology, how many of the theologians are white men? As a means to start diversifying our theological reading, here are 10 important books by non-white theologians. These books will undoubtedly open the gates to a host of works by other authors.
In a perverse misapplication of a 1933 California law intended to stop lynch mobs from forcibly removing detainees from police custody and engaging in public murders of Black people, Black Lives Matter organizer Jasmine "Abdullah" Richards was convicted of attempted felony "lynching" on June 1, 2016.
President Obama has granted clemency to dozens of people suffering harsh and unjust sentences for drug offenses, but there are thousands more who ought to be released and many more who will certainly be subjected to unconscionable sentences if action isn't taken at both state and federal levels of government.
The civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander is one of the people who is waking us up to history we don't remember, and structures most of us can't fathom intending to create. She calls the punitive culture that has emerged the "new Jim Crow," and is making it visible in the name of a fierce hope and belief in our collective capacity to engender the transformation to which this moment is calling.
During his first State of the City address Wednesday evening, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett pushed for a broad overhaul of Marion County's criminal justice system — including, but not limited to, the new jail that has long eluded city-county leaders.