[vc_single_image image=”5903″ image_size=”full” frame=”noframe” full_width=”no” lightbox=”yes” image_link=”http://colorlines.com/archives/2010/08/groups_press_obama_administration_to_address_prison_rape.html” link_target=”_self” caption=”Image thanks to Hatty Lee/Colorlines.com; click link to visit website.” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] [vc_column_text pb_margin_bottom=”no” pb_border_bottom=”no” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] [Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.] [/vc_column_text] [box title=”One Minute You’re Walking Down the Street…” type=”coloured” pb_margin_bottom=”no” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”]

This video is a sad, sobering reminder of how astray our (in)justice system has become. Students felt this teacher would jump in front of a bullet for him, and yet, he faces the full extent of the law for smoking a cigarette?! Please watch.

WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MEzZSDKOVM4

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It is no secret that our nation has a history with discriminatory over-sentencing of those convicted for crack-cocaine crimes versus powder-cocaine crimes. Today, Obama exercised his executive powers to commute 8 inmates sentences who have already served at least 15 years for their crimes. We can only hope there will be more commutations for people in similar situations to come.

READ MORE: http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-commutes-stiff-cocaine-prison-terms/1814064.html

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‘For once, I’m somebody that nobody thought I could be,’ says Herky, a man serving a life sentence. He and others serving life at Iowa State Penitentiary are part of a inmate hospice program, working as orderlies for fellow inmates who are nearing the end of their lives. Director Edgar Barens was given unprecedented access to the facility with a camera; we are incredibly excited to see his film about the hospice.

READ MORE: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/prison-terminal-kidnappers-care-murderers-end-life/story?id=21245481

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