Category Archives: Courts

In the Floyd case, the NYPD faces tough scrutiny of Stop-and-Frisk tactics

This article was originally written for The Guardian, here. The New York Police Department is on trial in Floyd v City of New York, and the public is watching. It is ironic that the policy of recording “stops, questions, and frisks” originated with the 1999 … Continue reading

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Crashing the System with Stop and Frisk

The Floyd v. New York class action suit, to hold the city accountable for hundreds of thousands of baseless harassments by the NYPD, is the affordable option for NYC taxpayers and the court system.  If each plaintiff were to bring a … Continue reading

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Is Racism Really This Blind?

UPDATE:  10 members of Congress call on the team to change their name. U.S. trademark law says that there is no commercial protection for a disparaging term or symbol.  In 1992, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board agreed that “Redskins” … Continue reading

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Scaling Back Voting During Black History Month?

Today the Supreme Court heard a case about the Voting Rights Act, Shelby County v. Holder– specifically, whether we still need special protections in “Covered” jurisdictions- places where the legacy of racism and voting rights is so deep it requires … Continue reading

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Unprison 2011-2013 Index

Below you will find an index of the articles written over the past several years for Unprison.  Readers are encouraged, as issues arise in your area, to utilize the research, analysis, and opinions presented below.  Some of these have appeared elsewhere, … Continue reading

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Why Big Banks Will Pay The Piper in 2013

Many Americans still await the day Wall Street is held accountable for the financial crisis, and an end to “Nobody saw this coming” excuses.  A new report, Subprime Mortgage Crisis- Is 2013 Beginning or End?, examines the slow and certain … Continue reading

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The Coming Revolt of The Guards… in New York City?

Whether it is the war in Vietnam or Afghanistan… or whether the practices of a large police department: the most certain way to change directions is through a revolt of those who carry out the laws and policies of the … Continue reading

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A Brooklyn Man Wins a New Trial After 23 Years

When I woke up this morning, I knew that thousands of innocent prisoners had active cases in the court system.  When I go to sleep, I will know that one man, Derrick Deacon, waited enough time to be vindicated: 23 … Continue reading

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Just Who Should Be “Crashing The System?”

The recent article by Michelle Alexander appearing in the New York Times, “Crash the System,” has stirred up a great deal of interest among the activist community.  Most of the people I have heard from, however, have been those who … Continue reading

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Judge Imprisons Mom For… Not Checking the “Felony” Box

In America, the sentence never ends.  With a multitude of “collateral consequences” to face, there are many reasons for one to either lie about their criminal history or try to avoid it.  In reality, for one to develop an upstanding … Continue reading

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