Video: Eva Paterson at Chicago Ideas Week

The Trayvon Martin shooting in 2012 brought racial stereotypes and profiling to the forefront of the public media. Eva Paterson discusses how our minds can make these stereotypical relationships outside of our level of consciousness, and what the public, government and law enforcement need to do to break through biased decision making. CIW: Criminal Justice:Continue reading “Video: Eva Paterson at Chicago Ideas Week”

Justice for All Murder Victims

This piece was originally posted at California Progress Report. Murder is something I know well. In November of 1997, three days before Thanksgiving, my fiancé, Steve Henry was murdered execution style on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica. His body was stuffed in a barrel. I later learned that 1000 people were murdered in Jamaica thatContinue reading “Justice for All Murder Victims”

Senate Committee Approves Proposed Law to Reduce Discrimination in Death Penalty Sentencing (Updated)

UPDATE MAY 27, 2010: The Senate Appropriations Committee did not pass out the bill, which effectively kills it for this session. The state Senate Public Safety Committee yesterday approved a bill proposing changes in the criminal justice system to ensure that no one is sentenced to die because of race or ethnicity. Senate Bill 1331,Continue reading “Senate Committee Approves Proposed Law to Reduce Discrimination in Death Penalty Sentencing (Updated)”