Inside the Minds of Men Who Murder
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

In his new book, TCR contributing editor David Krajicek explores the written and recorded leavings of mass killers. In this excerpt, he describes some of their common characteristics, including a “pseudocommando mindset” and “heroic revenge fantasy.” .. read more..

Fed Decision in Garner Case Adds ‘Insult to Injury,’ says His Mom
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The mother of Eric Garner angrily condemned Tuesday's decision by the Justice Department for not bringing charges against New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in her son's chokehold death. The decision ended a long inquiry into a case that sharply divided officials and prompted national p... .. read more..

Cyberbullying Rising Among Young Adults: Federal Report
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A new study from the National Center for Education Statistics has found that online bullying is becoming more prevalent among middle and high school students, even though overall bullying has declined in the past few years. .. read more..

Study: High Rates of Mental Health Issues Found in Michigan Prison Workers
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

According to a study of the Michigan Department of Corrections, prison workers are more likely to show symptoms of depression and anxiety or suicidal ideation than even first responders or members of the military. .. read more..

Inside the Minds of Men Who Murder
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

In his new book, TCR contributing editor David Krajicek explores the written and recorded leavings of mass killers. In this excerpt, he describes some of their common characteristics, including a “pseudocommando mindset” and “heroic revenge fantasy.” .. read more..

No Federal Charges in Eric Garner NYC Death
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The U.S. Justice Department will not bring charges against New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, ending a long inquiry into a case that sharply divided officials and prompted national protests over excessive force by the police. Garner's dying words, "I can't b... .. read more..

‘Confirmation Bias’ Called a Key Reason for Wrongful Convictions
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Why do innocent people go to jail? Two Texas State University professors argue that procedural mistakes like eyewitness misidentification and flawed forensic evidence are compounded by a common human failing:  once we come to a conclusion about an issue, we rarely pay attention to evidence that m... .. read more..

Big Bonuses to Officials Despite Federal Prison Woes
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The federal prison system paid $1.6 million in bonuses to its top executives and wardens during the past two years despite chronic staffing shortages and sharp critiques of prison management leveled by Congress, reports USA Today. The payments ranged from $5,400 to $23,800 per official. .. read more..

OK Seeks $17B Johnson & Johnson Payment for Opioids
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

“We are in a state of crisis,” Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said in closing arguments in the nation's first trial seeking to hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable for opioid addiction and overdoses. The case now is in the hands of Judge Thad Balkman. .. read more..

Did Trump’s Mass Deportation Raids Happen?
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

President Donald Trump asserted that the mass-deportation raids he forecast last week took place, despite few signs of removals being carried out at the scale he promised. He said last week, "We're taking them out by the thousands." On Monday, he said, "many, many were taken out on Sunday." .. read more..

Experts Say New Asylum Rule on Shaky Legal Ground
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Trump administration issued a new rule aimed at thwarting applicants "misusing the asylum system." The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging it in court, and one expert calls the move "illegal, plain and simple." .. read more..

70 Probed in Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say that 62 current and eight former Border Patrol employees are under internal investigation after revelations of a secret Facebook group that mocked lawmakers and immigrants. .. read more..

Images of NY Teen’s Murder Spread Quickly Online
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Shocking images after the killing of Bianca Devins, 17, in upstate New York prompted an outcry about the spread of violent content on social media and the inability by tech companies to police it. .. read more..

States Curbing Access to 911 Call Recordings
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Officials say they want to protect the privacy of callers, but family members and media representatives say they are denied information about gaps in the emergency call system. .. read more..

Connecticut Court Rejects Sandy Hook Parents’ Case
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Citing government immunity, the Connecticut Appellate Court ruled against two families who alleged negligence and inadequate school-safety protocols contributed to the deaths of their loved ones during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. .. read more..

Jury Foreman: ‘Justice Wasn’t Served’ at Chappaquiddick
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Fifty years ago this week, U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy's sedan plunged into a pond on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts, killing passenger Mary Jo Kopechne. The grand jury foreman says a judge prevented the grand jury from doing its job. .. read more..

Cities Turn to Hackers to Protect Their Tech (Contributed)
Monday, July 15, 2019

In early May, the city of Baltimore was struck by a ransomware attack that completely crippled the city’s computer networks and online services. Five weeks after the attack, the city was only able to restore one third of employees’ emails and the city’s billing system for water ... .. read more..

Why Rachael Rollins Makes Boston’s ‘Courthouse Regulars’ Nervous
Monday, July 15, 2019

Boston’s DA is under fire from critics, including the local press, for decisions that allegedly let “criminals off the hook.” In fact, she’s pursuing the vision of justice that won her election as a “progressive” prosecutor—and threatens defenders of the status quo, argues TCR’s legal columnist. .. read more..

Can Prosecutors Take Pretrial Diversion Income?
Monday, July 15, 2019

The prosecutor in Rapides Parish, La., had ramped up a "pretrial diversion" program and kept the money from fees paid by defendants to avoid charges. That prompted a lawsuit from local officials. .. read more..

Chicago Kids Exposed to High Rates of Violence: Study
Monday, July 15, 2019

Most young children in Chicago live in communities with high rates of violence, even though homicides in the city dropped overall, a new study from the Erikson Institute finds. .. read more..

New Asylum Rules May Further Cut Border Crossings
Monday, July 15, 2019

Under a new rules, asylum seekers who pass through another country first will be ineligible for asylum at the U.S. southern border. Vice President Mike Pence and senators visited crowded detention facilities on Friday. .. read more..

Why Rachael Rollins Makes Boston’s ‘Courthouse Regulars’ Nervous
Monday, July 15, 2019

Boston’s DA is under fire from critics, including the local press, for decisions that allegedly let “criminals off the hook.” In fact, she’s pursuing the vision of justice that won her election as a “progressive” prosecutor—and threatens defenders of the status quo, argues TCR’s  legal columnist. .. read more..

Jeffrey Epstein to Remain Jailed as Judge Considers Bail
Monday, July 15, 2019

A federal judge said Monday he needed more time to make a decision. Federal prosecutors said evidence against the financier is growing “stronger by the day” after several more women contacted them to say he abused them when they were underage. Epstein wants to return to his Manhattan mansion pend... .. read more..

NYC Jail Population Down 50 Percent in Five Years
Monday, July 15, 2019

The rate of incarceration in New York City jails is the lowest since 1978. Liz Glazer of the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice said, attributes the decline to a citywide decrease in crime, decriminalization of marijuana leading to fewer arrests, and progressive policy changes such as bail reform. .. read more..

NY’s Data Privacy Bill Failed; Is There Hope Next Session?
Monday, July 15, 2019

Though it was hailed as a potentially groundbreaking bill,  the New York Privacy Act (NYPA) failed to materialize during the state’s most recent session. Had it done so, the bill would have introduced a regulatory framework that rivaled or potentially even surpassed that of the Califor... .. read more..

Immigration Raids Vowed by Trump Fail to Materialize
Monday, July 15, 2019

Immigration enforcement authorities said their plans to track down migrants with deportation orders would continue, but their operations appeared routine rather than the mass roundups the president promised. “Trump can declare victory — he already scared the hell out of people,” said the director... .. read more..

As Migration Waves Subside, Detention Still Crowded
Monday, July 15, 2019

Some facilities on the southern border are under capacity, but Vice President Mike Pence and senators visited a garage in Texas where 384 men were packed in. .. read more..

New Asylum Rules May Cut Border Crossings More
Monday, July 15, 2019

Under a new rules, asylum seekers who pass through another country first will be ineligible for asylum at the U.S. southern border. Vice President Mike Pence and senators visited crowded detention facilities on Friday. .. read more..

New Asylum Rules May Further Cut Border Crossings
Monday, July 15, 2019

Under a new rules, asylum seekers who pass through another country first will be ineligible for asylum at the U.S. southern border. Vice President Mike Pence and senators visited crowded detention facilities on Friday. .. read more..

30 Migrant Kids Separated From Parents Still in U.S. Shelters
Monday, July 15, 2019

More than a year after a judge ordered the federal government to halt family separations and reunite migrant children with their parents, 30 children remain in federal shelters, says a new congressional committee report. .. read more..

Appeals Panel OK’s Tying COPS Aid to Immigration Policy
Monday, July 15, 2019

A 2-1 opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit gave President Donald Trump a rare win in his efforts to crack down on "sanctuary cities." .. read more..

Jeffrey Epstein to Remain Jailed as Judge Considers Bail
Monday, July 15, 2019

A federal judge said Monday he needed more time to make a decision. Federal prosecutors said evidence against the financier is growing “stronger by the day” after several more women contacted them to say he abused them when they were underage. Epstein wants to return to his Manhattan mansion pend... .. read more..

How Oklahoma is Lagging in Prison Reforms
Monday, July 15, 2019

“The people in Oklahoma are not more criminogenic than the people in other states, and yet we have the highest incarceration rates,” said Kris Steele of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform. The state legislature largely failed to act on the issue this year. .. read more..

Hennepin County, Minn., Board of Commissioners Names New CIO
Monday, July 15, 2019

The Hennepin County, Minn., Board of Commissioners appointed Glen Gilbertson as the county’s new chief information officer. Gilbertson succeeds Jerry Driessen , who served as CIO for about four years before his departure to the city of San Jose, Calif., where he became assistant CIO in Marc... .. read more..

Barr Gets First-Hand Look at Prison Rehab Programs
Monday, July 15, 2019

Attorney General William Barr visited a federal prison in Edgefield, S.C., last week to view training for inmates, from computer skills to cooking, auto mechanic training and factory work. Barr’s visit signaled a major policy shift since his first stint as attorney general in the 1990s, when he p... .. read more..

How Ferguson Has Changed Five Years After Brown Death
Monday, July 15, 2019

The police department, working under the thumb of a federal consent decree and stiff competition from higher-paying jobs elsewhere, has dropped from 53 officers in 2014 to 39. The City Council hired another new police chief, this one from Georgia. The city is 68 percent black, but a white man rem... .. read more..

Long-Delayed Trial to Start In 137-Shot Ohio Case
Monday, July 15, 2019

Back in 2012, more than 60 Ohio police officers took part in a 22-mile chase that led to the fatal shootings of two unarmed people. Many years later, two supervisors face a trial over traffic offenses. .. read more..

Ex-MO Wrestler Released in HIV-Exposure Case
Monday, July 15, 2019

Michael Johnson, a former college wrestler convicted of failing to disclose to sexual partners that he was HIV-positive in a racially charged case that reignited calls to re-examine laws that criminalize HIV exposure, walked out of a Missouri prison 25 years earlier than expected after an appeals... .. read more..

LA Case Issue: Can Prosecutors Take ‘Diversion’ Income?
Monday, July 15, 2019

The prosecutor in Rapides Parish, La., had ramped up a "pretrial diversion" program and kept the money from fees paid by defendants to avoid charges. That prompted a lawsuit from local officials. .. read more..

TX Wastes Money Fighting Prison Heat Suits: Paper
Monday, July 15, 2019

Texas spent $7 million resisting a lawsuit by inmates demanding air conditioning in a state prison. Now the state must pay the $4 million cost of providing it, on top of the legal fees. .. read more..

National Police Association Sues Officers
Monday, July 15, 2019

An Indianapolis nonprofit that says it aims to help police is squaring off in court with a seemingly unlikely foe: a Detroit-area police department. The National Police Association says in a lawsuit filed in Michigan that two Trenton Police Department officers made defamatory remarks on social me... .. read more..

30 Migrant Kids Separated From Parents Still in U.S. Shelters
Sunday, July 14, 2019

More than a year after a judge ordered the federal government to halt family separations and reunite migrant children with their parents, 30 children remain in federal shelters, says a new congressional committee report. .. read more..

Appeals Panel OK’s Tying COPS Aid to Immigration Policy
Sunday, July 14, 2019

A 2-1 opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit gave President Donald Trump a rare win in his efforts to crack down on "sanctuary cities." .. read more..

Ex-MO Wrestler Released in HIV-Exposure Case
Sunday, July 14, 2019

Michael Johnson, a former college wrestler convicted of failing to disclose to sexual partners that he was HIV-positive in a racially charged case that reignited calls to re-examine laws that criminalize HIV exposure, walked out of a Missouri prison 25 years earlier than expected after an appeals... .. read more..

New Issue Brief: State Cyber Disruption Response Plans
Sunday, July 14, 2019

On July 11, 2019, the National Governors Association released a new publication on the topic of Cyber Disruption Response Plans across America. As the topic of critical infrastructure disruptions caused by different types of cyberattacks has risen to become a top priority for federal, state and l... .. read more..

Minnesota’s ‘Hybrid Court’ Offers Addicts an Alternative to Jail
Friday, July 12, 2019

"We see the transformation in front of our eyes," says a member of the team operating out of the rural courtroom where Judge Michelle Anderson offers substance abusers the chance to drop charges if they participate in a rigorous 13-month treatment program. .. read more..

Acosta Resigns Amid Criticism Over Epstein Case
Friday, July 12, 2019

With Alex Acosta at his side, Trump made the announcement as he left the White House for a trip to Wisconsin and Ohio. The president said Acosta had been a “great” labor secretary, and claimed he did not ask him to leave the Cabinet. .. read more..

Youth School Suspensions Can Lead to Adult Future Offending
Friday, July 12, 2019

In America, about 3.5 million students are suspended each year. School punishment has long been tied to a variety of negative outcomes, and now, a new study confirms that school suspensions can lead to further offending behaviors. .. read more..

Buttigieg’s Justice Moves Draw Skepticism in his Hometown
Friday, July 12, 2019

Presidential contender and South Bend, In., Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced Thursday a plan to fight racism in the justice system and elsewhere in American life. But his hardest job may be to convince African Americans in his hometown that he’s serious. .. read more..

Minnesota’s ‘Hybrid Court’ Offers Addicts an Alternative to Jail
Friday, July 12, 2019

"We see the transformation in front of our eyes," says a member of the team operating out of the rural courtroom where Judge Michelle Anderson offers substance abusers the chance to drop charges if they participate in a rigorous 13-month treatment program. .. read more..

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