Good News: Mychal Bell Released

ABC News is reporting (as are the other major news outlets) that Mychal Bell has been released from jail on $45,000 bail just a hours after a prosecutor confirmed he will no longer seek an adult trial for the 17-year-old, one of the “Jena 6” and the last young man held. The release of Bell must be attributed in large measure to the massive protests in Jena in the past week.


  1. Thomas Volscho

    It is interesting to note that often times organized protest gets the power structure to change its course, but the power structure will always deny that the protests had anything to do with their change of course.

    I don’t have systematic data, but I have seen among academic administration and national political figures make these assertions. It makes it seem as if their power was never compromised and that they themselves came to the conclusion as autonomous decision makers.

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