How Education Helps Women Incarcerees Resist ‘Inhumanity’ of Prison
Friday, October 22, 2021

American prisons are profoundly inhospitable for incarcerated women — but prison education programs can help women on the inside resist the ‘inhumanity’ of incarceration, say Kathy Boudin and Judith Clark, two formerly incarcerated women now advocating for prison reform. .. read more..

California ‘Red Flag Law’ Hampered by Funding, Coordination Issues: Study
Friday, October 22, 2021

Lack of sufficient funding and a failure to coordinate between law enforcement agencies has reduced the effectiveness of a 2016 California law authorizing police to remove firearms from people considered to be at risk of harming themselves or others, according to a UC Davis study. .. read more..

Border Patrol and Title 42: Violence Multiplied
Friday, October 22, 2021

The Biden administration is using a 1944 public health statute to enforce an inhumane policy blocking access to asylum, writes an immigration policy author. .. read more..

U.S. House of Representatives Holds Bannon in Contempt of Congress
Friday, October 22, 2021

While the decision could expose Steve Bannon to criminal prosecution, the final decision remains in the hands of the attorney general and the Department of Justice. .. read more..

NYPD Officers on Misconduct Watchlist Still Able to Jeopardize Cases
Friday, October 22, 2021

Despite a 2019 law intended to speed up needed disclosures of officer credibility, officer history remains inscrutable and those flagged for misconduct continue to jeopardize cases. .. read more..

Sentence for Minneapolis Cop Who Killed 911 Caller Cut By More Than Half
Friday, October 22, 2021

Mohamed Noor, who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape happening behind her home, has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison — the most the judge could impose but less than half the 12½ years he was sentenced to for his murder conviction that was ove... .. read more..

St.Louis-Chicago Gun Trafficking Network Developed on Facebook
Friday, October 22, 2021

Jerome Boykin and Rogelio Mancera met on a Facebook specialty sneaker group and started trading guns for marijuana about a year ago to traffic guns supplied by a retiree who’d traveled the country to buy weapons at gun shows. .. read more..

Lyft Records Over 4,000 Sexual Assault Cases Over 3 Years
Friday, October 22, 2021

Lyft has pledged to improve its safety practices over the years, noting the issue is a work in progress and that the overwhelming majority of rides ended without incident. .. read more..

Growing Number of Witnesses Film Crimes Before Reporting Them to Police
Friday, October 22, 2021

While it can be initially difficult for cops if they must solely rely on social media posts for crime activity rather than getting direct information, the video’s “play well in front of the jury.” .. read more..

View from the Trauma Center: Why Gun Violence Persists
Thursday, October 21, 2021

The young Black men most victimized by gun violence can tell us how to stop it, but “too often we ignore their voices,” criminologist Joseph Richardson tells Greg Berman in the latest installment of the Harry Frank Guggenheim “At The Crossroads” series.   .. read more..

Treasury Chief Yellen Calls Ransomware ‘Direct Threat’ to Economy
Thursday, October 21, 2021

At $600 million, the volume of suspected ransomware payments is likely to double this year, posing a "direct threat" to the U.S. economy. .. read more..

An Inmate’s Story: How I Turned Into the Person I Feared Most
Thursday, October 21, 2021

As an 11-year-old he was bullied by classmates. Thirty years later he looked back with regret on the choices that turned him into a violent gang member serving life in prison, in this essay produced for The Beat Within justice writing workshop in San Francisco. .. read more..

Older Americans Prime Targets of Fraud During Pandemic: DOJ
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Since July 2020, the Justice Department has brought over 220 criminal and civil enforcement actions in nearly 20 different types of fraud cases that targeted the elderly, according to the DOJ’s annual report. .. read more..

Chicago Gags Anti-Vax Union Leaders, as Indiana Poaches Rebel Cops
Thursday, October 21, 2021

The Indiana State Police are seeking to benefit from the ongoing confrontation between the Chicago Police Department and the city over vaccine mandates . .. read more..

Human Rights Watch Obtains 160 Reports of Migrant Abuses by U.S. Border Offic...
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Many advocates say that reports of rampant abuse by asylum officers are par for the course. .. read more..

To Breach the U.S. Border, Migrants Take to the Sea
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Advocates point to increased enforcement at the Mexican land border as one explanation for the jump in attempts at far more dangerous crossings by sea. .. read more..

Charges Unlikely for Bystanders Who Witnessed Rape on Philadelphia Train
Thursday, October 21, 2021

It appeared that some held their phones up in the direction of the assault, seemingly to film the attack. .. read more..

Prosecutors Regularly Fail to Utilize Brady Lists as Tool to Force Police Ref...
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Settlement agreements -- and many police union contracts -- often prohibit the release of the names of officers named in disciplinary records, but Brady Lists can blow open those closed doors.. .. read more..

Human Rights Watch Obtains 160 Reports of Migrant Abuses by U.S. Border Offic...
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Many advocates say that reports of rampant abuse by asylum officers are par for the course. .. read more..

Police Recommend Charges for Four Protesters Over Sinema Bathroom Row
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Police are recommending that four people involved in the incident receive misdemeanor charges related to disruption of an educational institution and disorderly conduct. .. read more..

U.S. Marshals Arrest 18 Sex Offenders, Rescue 8 Endangered Children in Louisi...
Thursday, October 21, 2021

The investigations uncovered multiple sex offenders and allegations of sex trafficking involving minors. .. read more..

As Police Violence Increases, Civilians Less Likely to Call 911: Study
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Researchers with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government found that high-profile acts of police brutality, like the murder of George Floyd, negatively affect public trust and cooperation with law enforcement, resulting in fewer 911 calls when crimes occur. .. read more..

How $24M in Cash Grants Provided a Lifeline for Returning Citizens During Pan...
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

A program launched in April 2020 helped smooth the transition from prison to civil society for more than 10,000 returning citizens during the pandemic. Could it be a model for post-pandemic reentry programs? .. read more..

Number of Female State Police Has Not Risen Since 2000
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Despite proof that female officers use less force and avoid more complaints, State police departments often fail yo change the perception that state policing isn’t for women. .. read more..

Border Arrests Reach New High, as Biden Pick Pledges ‘Humane’ Policies
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

U.S. authorities detained more than 1.7 million migrants along the Mexico border during the 2021 fiscal year that ended in September, and arrests by the Border Patrol soared to the highest levels since 1986. The release of the figures coincided with a pledge by Chris Magnus, designated chief of t... .. read more..

Parkland Killer Pleads Guilty, May Still Face Death Penalty
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Armed with a legally purchased semiautomatic rifle, Nicolas Cruz, then 19, committed one of the deadliest school shootings in American history. .. read more..

Baltimore No-Prosecution Policy for Drug Possession Wins Kudos
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

In a a 14-month study, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University measured Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s policy to quit prosecuting drug possession and prostitution, finding no increase in citizen complaints or greater threat to public safety, .. read more..

Few Standards for Police Use of Force Against Children: Investigation
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Most departments have no policies or procedures in place for arresting children, and many states have no minimum age limits for arrests, according to an AP investigation which found that children as young as 6 have been treated harshly — even brutally — by officers of the law.. .. read more..

Prison Banker Fined $6 Million for ‘Unfair, Abusive’ Acts
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ordered JPay, a Florida-based company owned by the private equity firm Platinum Equity Partners, and a leading prison banker, to pay $6 million for siphoning off taxpayer-funded benefits and forcing recently incarcerated individuals to pay hidden fees. .. read more..

Vote to Hold Steve Bannon in Contempt of Congress Opens Legal Quagmire
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The most recent charged and convicted criminal contempt of Congress cases occurred in the 1970s. Bannon’s could take years to litigate. .. read more..

FBI Raids New York, D.C. Homes of Russian Oligarch Tied to Paul Manafort
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate close to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia,  had been sanctioned in 2018 and accused of extortion, racketeering, bribery, and links to organized crime. .. read more..

Second Amendment Backers Want San Diego Ban on Ghost Guns Reversed
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant has been asked by several gun owners to issue a temporary restraining order blocking a novel ban on non-serialized, unfinished, untraceable firearms — known as ghost guns — signed into law by San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria law, which is set to go into effect Oct. 23. .. read more..

What Happened to Kendrick Johnson?
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The mysterious death of a 17-year-old Georgia high school student has sparked multiple investigations, but no answers. Documentary filmmaker Jason Pollock, whose film about the case opens in theaters this month, tells TCR the lack of movement is another example of society’s failure to take the li... .. read more..

Progressive Prosecutors Refuse to Prosecute GOP Laws
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Progressive DAs around the country have said they simply won't enforce many state laws driven by the right-wing GOP base, using their discretion as a weapon that goes both ways. Now, some worry that many are "playing politics" for reelection. .. read more..

Planting a Life—and a Future—After Prison
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The residential and employment program on a North Carolina organic farm helps formerly incarcerated women find a new path. .. read more..

If Americans Don’t Want to Defund the Police, What Do They Want?
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

While surveys show support for policing reforms, with particular emphasis on greater accountability, they also indicate that the rhetoric of defunding or abolishing the police is politically disastrous. .. read more..

Supreme Court Decisions Uphold Police Qualified Immunity 
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Following two cases concerning corrections officers accused of mistreating prisoners, in which one prisoner was kept in unsanitary conditions and the other was assaulted for no reason, the Court suggested that some cases are so egregious that no precedent was necessary to allow a plaintiff to sue. .. read more..

Portland Homicides Reach Record Numbers
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

With a shrinking police force, and rising gang violence that continually catches innocent bystanders in the crossfire, the homicide rates in this Oregon city rival those of larger major cities. .. read more..

New Mexico Supreme Court Establishes Definition of ‘Use’ of a Deadly Weapon
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The court upheld a lower court ruling that a child with a concealed BB gun on their school campus could be charged with aggravated assault due to “facilitative use.” .. read more..

New York City Police Watchdog Recommends 65 NYPD Officers for Discipline 
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The NYPD’s Civilian Complaint Review Board faced unprecedented challenges in the investigation due to officers failing to follow protocol and hiding their identities. .. read more..

FBI Aiding Effort to Rescue Missionaries Held Hostage in Haiti
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The recent disintegration of government control in Haiti has fueled an alarming  rise in kidnappings. .. read more..

FBI Aids Effort to Rescue Missionaries Held Hostage in Haiti
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The recent disintegration of government control in Haiti has fueled an alarming  rise in kidnappings. .. read more..

Trump Questioned in Lawsuit Alleging His Guards Assaulted Protester
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The questioning concerned a 2015 protest against Trump’s rhetoric about Latinos and protesters who allege that his then-bodyguards shoved them. .. read more..

Biden’s ‘Quiet Revolution’ Puts More Public Defenders on Federal Bench
Monday, October 18, 2021

Traditionally, presidents have prioritized former prosecutors and corporate lawyers for top judgeships. President Biden has changed the trajectory, with a record 17 appointments to the federal judiciary so far. If we want a more well-rounded system, he shouldn’t stop there, write three leaders in... .. read more..

How States Shunted Prisoners Aside in Vaccine Rollout
Monday, October 18, 2021

By failing to prioritize incarcerated people, the state-by-state rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine represented a legal and ethical failure, argue the authors of a California Law Review paper.  .. read more..

Federal Firearms Prosecutions Rose 34% Between 2000-2016: Report
Monday, October 18, 2021

The increase in investigations, prosecutions and convictions was largely driven by firearms possession offenses, according to a study by the Urban Institute. The average length of a prison sentence declined over the same period. .. read more..

GOP Blockage of Red Flag Laws Causes Rift in Bipartisan Support
Monday, October 18, 2021

Republicans seeking to rally their base for midterm elections are pushing against red flag laws with bipartisan support. .. read more..

GOP Stalls Red Flag Laws in Bid for Gun Rights Support
Monday, October 18, 2021

Momentum to pass red flag laws, which temporarily remove firearms from those who may be a harm to themselves or others, and are lauded by public health experts, law enforcement officials and gun safety advocates, has petered out around the country as midterm-focused Republicans are determined to ... .. read more..

Could Bystanders Who Did Nothing as Woman Was Raped Face Charges?
Monday, October 18, 2021

A decision about the incident, which took place on a Pennsylvania commuter train, would be up to the Delaware County district attorney. Pennsylvania has no Good Samaritan law, making bringing charges against witnesses who did not intervene difficult. .. read more..

Were the Kenosha Police Deputizing Militia Vigilantes During Protests?
Monday, October 18, 2021

A suit against the Kenosha police alleges that officers deputized white nationalist vigilantes with words of support and encouragement. .. read more..

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