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Did Michael Brown receive the death penalty — only without any recourse to a fair trial? Criminal sentencing scholar Jelani Exum thinks so. Hear more from her along with 9 other provocative, thought-provoking takes on contemporary race issues within America.

iO Tillett Wright is currently 5,519 portraits into a mission to point out that we’re all, at heart, the same. Her goal: to photograph 10,000 people around the United States who identify as being something other than 100% heterosexual. Here’s just a small sample of her powerful photographs.

Since 2009, Lisa Kristine has been documenting the lives of people caught up in slavery. Her images are shocking, powerful, in-your-face. Yet they are also dignified portraits of those with no choice. Take a look at 17 of her photographs.

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Three men were executed by lethal injection in the United States last week. Helen Walters argues that the death penalty is wrong — and a new philosophy of criminal justice is desperately needed.

Investigative journalist Will Potter shares useful resources for anyone looking to find out more about “ag-gag laws,” legislation that seeks to criminalize people for exposing animal cruelty.