Criminal Justice

Community Activists Question Timing Of Grand Jury Announcement

Community Activists Question Timing Of Grand Jury Announcement

November 26, 2014 at 7:11 pm

NPR 11/25/14 By Laura Sullivan For weeks, Ferguson police and local leaders met with community groups and activists to work out a plan for the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. But any results of that […]

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DC’s Attorney General Race: A Serious Impact on District Youth

DC’s Attorney General Race: A Serious Impact on District Youth

November 3, 2014 at 11:55 am

HUFFINGTON POST 11/03/14 By Michael Shank and Erica Marshall On November 4 the voters in the District will turn out to choose our City’s next mayor. On the same ballot, after casting a vote for David Catania, Muriel Bowser or Carol Schwartz, voters will be asked to choose between five […]

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Post-Election Ferguson: Bipartisan Congress to Demilitarize Police

Post-Election Ferguson: Bipartisan Congress to Demilitarize Police

October 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 10/21/14 By Michael Shank As the Ferguson fight rages on, a potentially more courageous Congress stands ready to return, post-elections, to shut down that which rightfully enraged protestors initially. Last month, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and the House of Representatives finally took a stand against the […]

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Ferguson Highlights US Police Militarization

Ferguson Highlights US Police Militarization

August 22, 2014 at 7:53 am

RIA NOVOSTI 08/22/14 FERGUSON, August 22 (RIA Novosti) – Harsh policing of protests over the police killing of an unarmed African-American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, showcase a trend towards the militarization of US law enforcement, Michael Shank, a religious group director, told RIA Novosti Friday. “The militarization of the police […]

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Time to Stop Turning Police Forces Into Armies

Time to Stop Turning Police Forces Into Armies

August 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm

NEWSER 08/15/14 By John Johnson Critics such as Sen. Claire McCaskill say the initial police response in Ferguson, Mo., actually made things worse because cops were equipped like soldiers of war. No wonder, write Elizabeth Beavers and Michael Shank in the New York Times. The Pentagon and Homeland Security Department […]

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Get the Military Off of Main Street

Get the Military Off of Main Street

August 15, 2014 at 9:41 am

NEW YORK TIMES 08/15/14 By Michael Shank and Elizabeth Beavers WASHINGTON — FERGUSON, Mo., has become a virtual war zone. In the wake of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, outsize armored vehicles have lined streets and tear gas has filled the air. Officers dressed in camouflage […]

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Why D.C. Should Take Youth Court Program Off Life Support

Why D.C. Should Take Youth Court Program Off Life Support

May 14, 2014 at 11:31 am

WASHINGTON POST 05/14/14 By Michael Shank The Youth Court of the District of Columbia, one of the only organizations dealing with juvenile delinquency in Washington, is currently on life support, writes Michael Shank, associate director of legislative affairs for the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Here’s his post about why […]

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Saving the District’s At-Risk Youth From Mayor Gray’s Budget Cuts

Saving the District’s At-Risk Youth From Mayor Gray’s Budget Cuts

February 12, 2014 at 4:52 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 02/12/2014 By Michael Shank and Erica Marshall This April, when the District of Columbia begins its public debate over the draft budget for fiscal year 2015, there is an opportunity to give many of the District’s youth a second chance on life — literally. All the D.C. government […]

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Saving District of Columbia’s Youth Court

Saving District of Columbia’s Youth Court

February 12, 2014 at 11:03 am

CDN 02/12/14 By Michael Shank and Erica Marshall WASHINGTON, February 12, 2014 —This April, when the District of Columbia begins its public debate over the draft budget for fiscal year 2015, there is an opportunity to give many of the District’s youth a second chance on life – literally.  All […]

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DC Defunds Youth Courts, Pushes Kids Into Criminal Justice System

DC Defunds Youth Courts, Pushes Kids Into Criminal Justice System

October 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 10/21/13 By Michael Shank A damning report, released this week by Opportunity Nation, says that 6 million young people – or 15 percent of American youth — are neither in school nor working. This shocking statistic has particular importance for Washington, D.C. This coming fiscal year, which began […]

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