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  Examining the role of race in the justice system

What Marissa Alexander tells us about Florida justice

  Chris Hayes talks about Marissa Alexander's case and her 20-year sentence with Jelani Cobb and Barry Scheck.

New film looks at a public defender’s fight for the poor

  Director and producer Dawn Porter previews her film “Gideon’s Army,” which focuses on public defenders and who they represent in the criminal justice system.

Public defenders challenging the system profiled in new film

A new documentary follows three public defenders as they represent their clients in an overburdened justice system. Two attorneys profiled in the film, along with the director, joined "MHP" on Sunday to discuss. Full story

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Public defenders challenge the system

When their sentence is up, ex-offenders stay in a prison of debt

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  Are low-income black men being left behind?

Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, and John Hope Bryant, president and CEO of Operation Hope, join MSNBC’s Craig Melvin to discuss Newsweek’s new cover story entitled “The Fight for Black Men.”

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Kimberly McCarthy is shown in this undated Texas Department of Criminal Justice photograph. REUTERS/Texas Department of Criminal Justice/Handout

Texas Department of Criminal Justice photograph of Kimberly McCarthy
Texas Department of Criminal Justice photograph of Kimberly McCarthy

Kimberly McCarthy is shown in this undated Texas Department of Criminal Justice photograph. Kimberly McCarthy is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on January 29, 2013, the first woman to be put to death in more than two years, for the stabbing murder of her neighbor in 1997. REUTERS/Texas