Category Archives: Prisons and Justice and Police

No, Sexism By Police Is Not A Solved Problem

In response to someone claiming her reports of harassment have been cavalierly dismissed by police, tumblr user Brazenautomaton wrote: Crimes with female victims are more likely to be investigated, prosecuted, and result in conviction. Period. Across the board. This is … Continue reading

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“The List” – People on the “sexual offenders” list for acts committed when they were children

DuBac is on the sexual offenders list for something she did at age ten. One morning during her junior year, DuBuc returned to her room from psychology class to find a yellow Post-it on her door: “We know you’re a … Continue reading

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Now This Is a Hotel Manager Who Should Definitely Be Fired

911 Audio: Hotel Manager Reports Guest For Being Transgender – BuzzFeed News Meagan Taylor and her best friend, who are both transgender women, were traveling through Iowa on July 13 to a funeral for her best friend’s brother when they … Continue reading

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Cartoon: Police Shootings, or Oh The Tragedy!

Transcript of cartoon Each panel of this cartoon shows the same white dude in an armchair, from the same angle, watching the news on TV. Small details change throughout the cartoon – his hairline recedes, his drink changes, he switches … Continue reading

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Robert’s New Book, About Avoiding Prison, Is Available On Amazon

A message from Robert Hayes: Dear Alas friends – After almost a year of incarceration, I have finished my book on why getting incarcerated is a Poor Life Strategy ™ and how to avoid making the mistakes I made. The … Continue reading

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Police Racism Isn’t Disproven By Black Cops

In the National Review/Oberlin thread, RonF wrote:1 The anti-racist-policing movement hasn’t had much to say in Freddie Gray’s case given that of the 6 cops going on trial, 3 are black – including the only one who was charged with … Continue reading

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Baltimore

I really don’t have anything to say. But I can quote. Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Nonviolence as Compliance“: Now, tonight, I turn on the news and I see politicians calling for young people in Baltimore to remain peaceful and “nonviolent.” These well-intended … Continue reading

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A letter from Robert. Which I received yesterday. Yesterday. I’m just sayin’.

(Or was it three days ago? Whatever. As usual, I’ll wait a few days, and then I’ll forward comments from this thread to Robert. Anyhow:) March 23, 2015 Dear Barry: Heyo. Thought I’d drop you a line using my spiffy … Continue reading

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Why I doubt that “63 percent of young men between the ages of 11 and 20 who are imprisoned for homicide have killed their mothers’ batterers.”

I’m posting this here on “Alas” so that, two or three years from now, when I run into this statistic again and think “oh, yeah, I wrote a thing on that, didn’t I?” I can search for here it and … Continue reading

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Must-Read Jamelle Bouie Article On The Decades-Old Context For Ferguson

Ferguson protests over Michael Brown won’t end soon: The black community’s anger is rooted in a history of racism. This longish (well, longer than a blog post) article by Jamelle Bouie, about the long history of official racism in Ferguson, … Continue reading

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