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News, The Snitch Lavahn Gay, Jacori Bender's Grandmother, Sees the Silver Lining in His Prison Sentence

Lavahn Gay, Jacori Bender's Grandmother, Sees the Silver Lining in His Prison Sentence

Lavahn Gay is holding a card she received a couple months back. The correspondence is from her grandson, Jacori Bender, subject of last week's feature, "Menace to Society." It's a warm afternoon in July and Bender has been locked away…
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News, The Snitch Bifurcated Trials Offer an Alternative in Gang Enhancement Cases

Bifurcated Trials Offer an Alternative in Gang Enhancement Cases

This week's feature, "Menace to Society," explores the way police officers and prosecutors label teenagers "gang members" and classify their crimes as "gang related." As a result, these defendants -- such as the story's main subject, Jacori Bender -- face…
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News, Feature Menace to Society: Why Many Young Black Men are Accused of Being in Gangs

Menace to Society: Why Many Young Black Men are Accused of Being in Gangs

Illustration by Shout. Shots fired at Oakdale Avenue and Baldwin Court. It was Nov. 8, 2008, nearly four o'clock on a Saturday afternoon. The two plainclothes police officers reporting to the scene saw a public housing security guard following…
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