Category Archives: Race & Social Justice Posts

A Step Towards Dismantling Bias in American Institutions; Rectifying Sentencing Disparities Between Crack and Powdered Cocaine

By: Maria M. Alfaro For decades, possessing different forms of cocaine carried different kinds of sentencing. These sentencing differences were directly correlated with existing biases and inequalities in the U.S. prison and criminal justice system. Now, after 36 years, on December 16, 2022, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced new charging guidelines for crack cocaine […]

Jackson Water Crisis: How Neglect Has Reached a Boiling Point

By: Pierre Craig Growing up in Dallas, Texas, nothing was more refreshing than a cold glass of water on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, simple pleasures like this may be taken for granted as one city in the Southern United States dealt with a combination of events that caused a severe water crisis that has […]

White Eyes, Huge Lies: The Pitfalls of Cross-Race Eyewitness Identification

By: Timothy Mondloch The state of Arizona just killed a 76-year-old man for a crime he did not commit. Murray Hooper, 76, was sentenced to die in 1980 for the murder of two people.[1] In a trial marred by misconduct, Hooper was convicted despite no physical evidence linking him to the crime.[2] The only piece […]

Shinn v. Ramirez: Recent SCOTUS decision ignores precedent, further marginalizes people that cannot afford an attorney

By: Emily Hill On May 23, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in Shinn v. Ramirez, a landmark case concerning evidentiary hearings in federal habeas hearings.[1]This controversial 6-3 opinion is similar to the other cases decided this past summer as it represents a marked distinction from precedent.[2] Additionally, the case […]