Criminal Justice

New York

Rikers Corrections Officer Accused of Raping Inmates for Years to Stand Trial

Two women who say they were repeatedly raped by officer Benny Santiago have reached a settlement with the city of New York—but they have not dropped their allegations against the man they say sexually abused them.
Leila Ettachfini

The Ongoing Trauma of the Muslim Students an Undercover Cop Spied on For 4 Years

A new documentary, "Watched," examines the story of an undercover NYPD officer who spent four years infiltrating a group of Muslim college students—and the harrowing psychological effects on two young Muslim women who had to live under such invasive...
Aviva Stahl and Jeanne Theoharis

After Years of Sexual Assault by Parole Officer, Woman Fights for Right to Sue

A California mother of three endured years of sexual violence at her parole officer's hands—but a provision in state law is keeping her from suing her attacker and the probation office that allegedly looked the other way.
Gabby Bess

'We Can't Do This on Our Own': How Mainstream Media Fails Missing Girls of Color

The outcry over the missing girls in Washington D.C. reveals a sobering truth: When girls and women of color go missing, their cases are far less likely to attract media attention.
Kimberly Lawson
sexual assault

Judge Clears Rich Teen of Schoolgirl Sexual Assault Because He Didn't Enjoy It

In Mexico, a judge has cleared a wealthy young man who abducted and attacked a classmate—because he didn’t take carnal pleasure from the act.
Sirin Kale

When Workplace Sexual Harassment Ends In Murder, Is the Company Responsible?

Alisha Bromfield's supervisor at Home Depot subjected her to aggressive sexual harassment before he murdered her and raped her corpse. This week, an appeals court ruled that the company must face a lawsuit for failing to intervene.
Gabby Bess

'Those Visits Were Everything': How Prison Visitation Cuts Devastate Families

Buried in the New York state budget is a proposal to cut weekday visits for over 20,000 inmates. For families of incarcerated people, this could mean barely having any real contact with their loved ones.
Victoria Law

Fury After Judge Acquits Cab Driver Accused of Assaulting Unconscious Passenger

Last week, a Canadian judge acquitted a man who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman after police found her in the back of his cab, unconscious and naked from the chest down. Amid public outrage, prosecutors have announced they're seeking an...
Kimberly Lawson

Five Years After the NYPD Killed Ramarley Graham, His Mom Waits for Justice

The trial and internal police review process have dragged on for years, and the officers involved in the killing of the unarmed teen still haven't been fired.
Gabby Bess

Chelsea Manning Is Exactly the Kind of Advocate We Need in 2017

As someone who risked her life and freedom to inform and empower the public, Manning's advocacy for transparency is a counter to the opaque practices of President Donald Trump.
Diana Tourjée
Criminal Justice

Wombs as Crime Scenes: What Happens When Pregnant Women Lose Their Civil Rights

This month, Anna Yocca was released from jail, following over a year of incarceration. Though her case may seem extreme, it's really the most recent high-profile example of a troubling new trend: women being arrested and prosecuted—and often accused of...
Rebecca Grant

Behind Bars for 6 Months, Teen Accused of Killing Abusive Father Awaits Justice

15-year-old Bresha Meadows is accused of aggravated homicide for shooting and killing her father as he slept. Advocates say she and her family were victims of his prolonged abuse, and that Bresha is a hero who was acting to save them. Tomorrow, at her...
Aviva Stahl