by Jim Thompson
At The Intercept, Liliana Segura says the impending execution of Georgia’s oldest death row inmate exposes the racist roots and unforgiving nature of the death penalty.
The U.S. Department of Justice will open an investigation into the San Francisco Police Department after video footage showed police officers fatally shooting a young, black man in December, says Stephen A. Crockett, Jr. at The Root.
On Monday, legislation requiring the State Department to identify sex offenders on passports passed the House of Representatives and was sent to President Obama’s desk, reports Beth Schwartzapfel at The Marshall Project. Critics are calling the proposed identification marker a “scarlet letter.”
Last week, the New Orleans public defender’s office announced it is too understaffed to take on new felony cases. The American Civil Liberties Union, a customary ally, responded to the statement with a lawsuit. Eli Hager at The Marshall Project explains why this legal move may actually benefit the struggling agency.