racial inequality

Latest Census numbers show deepening Southern poverty

September 16, 2011 - The U.S. Census Bureau released its latest poverty figures this week, and they show that poverty is worsening nationwide -- but especially in the South. The official U.S. poverty rate in 2010 was 15.1 percent, up from 14.3 percent in 2009.  That marks the third consecutive annual increase in the national poverty rate, evidence of the persistently weak U.S. economy.

Drug sentences and the South

December 13, 2007 - The Supreme Court's 7-0 decision yesterday to reduce extraordinarily harsh sentences for crimes related to crack cocaine is drawing widespread applause from advocates who have long noted the lack of fairness in drug sentencing.