NYC Woman Charged With False Report on Black Birdwatcher
Monday, July 6, 2020

Amy Cooper drew condemnation and lost her job after she told police she was being threatened by "an African-American man" in Central Park, Christian Cooper. .. read more..

Fatal Police Shootings Linked to Areas with High Gun Ownership
Monday, July 6, 2020

Cops are more likely to think their lives are threatened when they apprehend suspects in jurisdictions with high rates of gun ownership—and to react with deadly force—whether or not the individual is actually armed. That’s one of the findings in an American Academy of Political and Social Science... .. read more..

Gun Violence Spikes in NYC, Philadelphia; 9 Kids Dead in Chicago
Monday, July 6, 2020

Nine Chicago children under 18 have been killed since June 20 as the city suffers from another wave of gun violence. In Philadelphia, a weekend of shootings left officials reconsidering the details of a plan to introduce a new anti-violence "intervention" strategy. .. read more..

U.S. Loses Bid to Extradite South Korean Child Porn Operator
Monday, July 6, 2020

A U.S. request to extradite a South Korean man described as running one of the world’s biggest child porn sites has been rejected by the Seoul High Court, which ruled that extradition could "hamper" South Korea's own investigation. .. read more..

Fatal Police Shootings Linked to Areas with High Gun Ownership
Monday, July 6, 2020

Cops are more likely to think their lives are threatened when they apprehend suspects in jurisdictions with high rates of gun ownership—and to react with deadly force—whether or not the individual is actually armed. That’s one of the findings in an American Academy of Political and Social Science... .. read more..

The Challenge of Freeing the Wrongfully Convicted Lifer
Monday, July 6, 2020

Joseph Sledge was sentenced to life without parole in North Carolina for a murder he didn’t commit. It took 36 years for him to be freed, largely because exoneration cases focus on those given the death penalty—a dilemma faced by inmates in many states where capital punishment has been abolished.  .. read more..

Nine Chicago Kids Killed as City on Record Murder Pace
Monday, July 6, 2020

“The Windy City is becoming the Bloody City,” said the Rev. Michael Pfleger of Saint Sabina Church. Some 336 murders have been recorded in Chicago through June 2. .. read more..

Seattle Marcher Killed in Latest Incident Involving Driver
Monday, July 6, 2020

"Cars try to run through us on a daily basis, no matter where we are,” said one protest organizer. .. read more..

Nolan Leatherwood Tapped as Permanent Arkansas CISO
Monday, July 6, 2020

The state of Arkansas announced last week that Nolan Leatherwood will be serving as the permanent chief information security officer.  Leatherwood had served as the state's interim CISO since April 2018. The CISO for Arkansas is part of the Division of Information Systems (DIS), which is und... .. read more..

Under 10% of L.A. Police Calls Involve Violence
Monday, July 6, 2020

Of the nearly 18 million calls logged by the LAPD since 2010, about 1.4 million of them, or less than 8 percent, were reports of violent crimes, a Los Angeles Times study found. .. read more..

Texas County Sheriff's Office Suffers Ransomware Attack
Monday, July 6, 2020

Hackers attacked the Sheriff's Office for Cooke County, Texas, over the weekend, apparently stealing some of the law enforcement agency's data in the process. Statements made in online message boards seem to suggest that the hackers stole potentially sensitive data which included "informatio... .. read more..

Fifth CA Death Row Inmate Dies of COVID-19
Monday, July 6, 2020

California has not conducted an execution since 2006, but coronavirus has killed at least five condemned prisoners. .. read more..

N.D. Loses Reinvention Officer, Adds Customer Success Role
Monday, July 6, 2020

The North Dakota Information Technology Department (ITD) saw two changes to its C-suite staff last month, with the announcement of the agency’s first chief customer success officer (CCSO) on June 17 and the departure of its chief reinvention officer (CRO) on June 30. A news release on the a... .. read more..

Biden’s Crime Law Didn’t Cause Mass Black Incarceration
Monday, July 6, 2020

The 1994 statute provided funds for states to build prions, but the mass incarceration phenomenon had been under way for more than a decade before that. .. read more..

Phoenix Protesters Assail Police Killing of Man in Car
Monday, July 6, 2020

Demonstrators on Sunday demanded that the police department release body-camera footage from the officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man who was killed while sitting in a parked vehicle on July 4. .. read more..

CO Officers Fired For Photo Mimicking McClain Chokehold
Monday, July 6, 2020

Aurora, Co., officers were fired for a photo making fun of a chokehold used against Elijah McCain last summer before he died. .. read more..

How NIC Deployed More than 100 COVID-Related Solutions
Monday, July 6, 2020

When the country closed, government — along with everyone else — discovered a sudden, urgent need to do things through the Internet. Tech vendors have stepped up to help in many, many ways. Granicus worked with the state of Oklahoma on unemployment insurance claims. Citrix helped Illi... .. read more..

How Pandemic Makes Life Tougher for New Parolees
Monday, July 6, 2020

“Without access to something as basic as an ID, you’re still inside while you’re outside,” said Anthony Dixon of the New York-based Parole Preparation Project. .. read more..

Suspected Serial Killer Arrested in Florida
Monday, July 6, 2020

Aaron Glee, Jr., who is charge with killing two Florida women, "would have killed again if given the chance," said one expert. .. read more..

Federal Inmate Death in L.A. Ruled a Homicide
Monday, July 6, 2020

The death is the latest serious security issue for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which has been plagued by chronic violence, serious misconduct and persistent staffing shortages. .. read more..

U.S. Scrambles To Explain Errors in Dropped Iran Case
Monday, July 6, 2020

Prosecutors who failed to turn over favorable evidence to a defendant told a judge they didn't act in bad faith, despite internal emails in which they discussed whether they might try to "bury" a document in a stack of other papers. .. read more..

5 Technology Budget Tips for Hard Times
Sunday, July 5, 2020

Professional duties are becoming increasingly more difficult for technology and security leaders in the summer of 2020. Some believe a "perfect storm" may be coming to a town near you. But why? Working from home (WFH) transitions , more help desk calls, an increase in tech support reque... .. read more..

5 Technology Budget Tips for Hard Times
Sunday, July 5, 2020

Professional duties are becoming increasingly more difficult for technology and security leaders in the summer of 2020. Some believe a "perfect storm" may be coming to a town near you. But why? Working from home (WFH) transitions , more help desk calls, an increase in tech support reque... .. read more..

Federal Inmate Death in L.A. Ruled a Homicide
Saturday, July 4, 2020

The death is the latest serious security issue for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which has been plagued by chronic violence, serious misconduct and persistent staffing shortages. .. read more..

CO Officers Fired For Photo Mimicking McClain Chokehold
Saturday, July 4, 2020

Aurora, Co., officers were fired for a photo making fun of a chokehold used against Elijah McCain last summer before he died. .. read more..

Biden’s Crime Law Didn’t Cause Mass Black Incarceration
Saturday, July 4, 2020

The 1994 statute provided funds for states to build prions, but the mass incarceration phenomenon had been under way for more than a decade before that. .. read more..

Fifth CA Death Row Inmate Dies of COVID-19
Saturday, July 4, 2020

California has not conducted an execution since 2006, but coronavirus has killed at least five condemned prisoners. .. read more..

Government Tech Innovation Thrives in Time of Crisis
Thursday, July 2, 2020

For state and local IT professionals COVID-19 has changed everything. Work-from-home impacts workforce management. Social disruption sparks cyberthreats. Looming budget cuts come at a time when investment is needed in new cognitive applications.  At the virtual IBM Think Gov event on Wednesd... .. read more..

‘Dramatic’ Reforms to Pretrial Practice Triggered by Pandemic: Survey
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Releases from jail for persons awaiting trial increased by more than 81 percent between April and June, according to a nationwide survey of pretrial services agencies. The fact that crime rates remained relatively stable suggests that changes made in the era of the coronavirus should become perma... .. read more..

COVID-19 No Excuse for Ignoring Rights of the Incarcerated: Paper
Thursday, July 2, 2020

At a time when the quality of life, safety and health of incarcerated populations are at the top of the agenda, a Yale Law School professor argues it has never been more important to use judicial power to positively impact prisoners’ daily lives. .. read more..

Marijuana Laws ‘Central’ to Justice Reform, Advocates Say
Thursday, July 2, 2020

As protests against racism continue to march on across the country, conversations have sparked a new dialogue about policing and marijuana legalization. Advocates say “drug policy is a social justice issue” and that by legalizing marijuana, unwanted negative and racially-charged interactions with... .. read more..

Supreme Court Blocks House from Seeing Mueller Grand Jury Materials
Thursday, July 2, 2020

The Supreme Court blocked the House from viewing former special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury documents Thursday. The ruling means that the documents will be released after Trump faces voters in November. .. read more..

‘Dramatic’ Reforms to Pretrial Practice Triggered by Pandemic: Survey
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Releases from jail for persons awaiting trial increased more than 81 percent between April and June, according to a nationwide survey of pretrial services agencies. The fact that crime rates remained relatively stable suggests that changes made in the era of the coronavirus should become permanen... .. read more..

Training Video Offers Cops Insights on Implicit Bias
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Amid a series of high-profile incidents in which police have questioned "suspicious' Black men wearing masks during COVID-19, experienced law enforcement trainers are offering a primer for police. .. read more..

Video Trains Cops to Avoid Implicit Bias
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Amid a series of high-profile incidents in which police have questioned "suspicious" Black men wearing masks during COVID-19, experienced law enforcement trainers are offering a primer for police. .. read more..

Pandemic Drug Overdoses Surge, Dashing Hopes of a Lull
Thursday, July 2, 2020

At the start of the pandemic, authorities hoped disruptions in drug trafficking and city shutdowns might dampen drug use and cut down on overdoses. Instead, the opposite seems to be happening. .. read more..

Wave of State Policing Reforms Crested Early, and Fell Short
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Most state legislatures have gone on recess for the rest of the year. That puts the state-reform scorecard for police critics at five states with new laws and 18 still ostensibly working on the issue. .. read more..

Pot Reform Gains Traction in Police Reform Debate
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Social-justice arguments for marijuana legalization and decriminalization are hardly new. But, with police-reform winds at their backs, advocates are finding receptive audiences for the argument that liberalized laws would mean fewer fraught interactions between police and people of color. .. read more..

Detroit Facial Recognition Deal in Doubt Over Racial Bias
Thursday, July 2, 2020

False theft charges against a suspect based solely on a database hit in a facial-recognition system helped cast doubt on Detroit's contract with a software vendor. Claims that such systems are racially biased are coming to a head in a city that is majority-Black. .. read more..

Nextdoor Takes More Steps to Curb Its ‘Karen Problem’
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Rumblings of a boycott over Nextdoor moderators' censorship of posts helped prompt the hyperlocal social media company to take several steps to try to discourage racist posts and racial profiling. And now, conversations about Black Lives Matter protests will be allowed. .. read more..

LAPD’s $150m Budget Cut Takes Staffing Down to ’08 Level
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Cuts in overtime pay will help fund a $150 million reduction in Los Angeles Police Department's $3 billion annual budget as part of a broader police-reform debate. Uniformed officers will drop below 10,000, a longtime benchmark the city sought to maintain. .. read more..

What’s New in Civic Tech: Microsoft Funds Digital Skills Ed
Thursday, July 2, 2020

A new program dubbed Accelerate: Atlanta aims to help underserved communities in that city learn digital skills that can boost regional economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is a cross-sector effort between Atlanta, Microsoft and list of other partners such as Accent... .. read more..

Police Reform Debate Reshapes Los Angeles DA Race
Thursday, July 2, 2020

The contest between incumbent Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey and her challenger, George Gascón, was a battle over progressive prosecution ideas even before the nation exploded in protest. Now the stakes are even higher. .. read more..

5 Years After Audit, Boston PD Overtime Chugs Along
Thursday, July 2, 2020

A 2015 audit found that Boston police had done too little to control overtime costs and abuses. Since then, the department has made no significant police changes, costs keep rising, and hundreds of cops earn over $200,000 a year. .. read more..

DAs Form ‘Truth’ Panels to Air Criminal Justice Grievances
Thursday, July 2, 2020

The district attorneys of Philadelphia, Boston, and San Francisco teamed up to announce South African-style truth and reconciliation commissions to hear testimony from people complaining of unjust policing and prosecution. .. read more..

San Francisco to Keep Mug Shots Private in Anti-Bias Move
Thursday, July 2, 2020

San Francisco Police Department will no longer routinely release suspects' mug shots in order to avoid fueling the perception that people of color are disproportionately involved in crime. .. read more..

New Record in Gun Background Checks Set Amid June Chaos
Thursday, July 2, 2020

As protests raged and the pandemic regained momentum, June gun backgound checks surged nearly three-quarters higher than the same month last year in a new all-time record of 3.9 million checks. One consultant estimates that translates to about 2.4 million gun sales. .. read more..

CT Courts Hobbled By Tech Gaps During Shutdown
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Even though criminal cases took priority during the pandemic-induced shutdown of Connecticut courts, the state's habit of starving its courts of needed technology budgets has left a growing backlog and bottlenecks over the use of paper records. .. read more..

Cities Turn to Open Source Data to Fill Information Gaps
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Since its advent, social media has provided unique opportunities for governments. More and more frequently,  officials and agencies are able to enhance citizen engagement , communicating more effectively with their constituencies through social platforms. At the same time, new forms of socia... .. read more..

Minnesota Taps Acting Cybersecurity Chief to Serve Permanently
Thursday, July 2, 2020

The state of Minnesota has tapped Rohit Tandon to serve as its new chief information security officer. He permanently replaces former CISO Aaron Call , who left Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) service in December 2019 for a position in the private sector. Tandon had been serving in an acting CISO ca... .. read more..

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