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5 Ways Law Enforcement Has Bungled Drug War Raids

5 Ways Law Enforcement Has Bungled Drug War Raids | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Drugs have always been part of the collective human experience, and they forever will be. But bungled drug raids that terrorize citizens for no good reason should end up in the dustbin of history.

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Scheck: Better remedies needed on prosecutor misconduct

Scheck: Better remedies needed on prosecutor misconduct | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Barry Scheck of the national Innocence Project (with whom, in the interest of disclosure, my employers are affiliated through the national Innocence Network) has an op-ed in the Austin Statesman today titled, "Errant prosecutors seldom held to account." Wrote Scheck, "as a recent article in the Yale Online Law Review thoroughly documents, our system rarely disciplines, much less brings criminal charges against, prosecutors who have engaged in acts of intentional misconduct.

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Is the NYPD Out of Control? New Lawsuit Takes on Bloomberg's 'Private Army'

Is the NYPD Out of Control? New Lawsuit Takes on Bloomberg's 'Private Army' | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Fifteen plaintiffs, including five elected officials, members of the press, an Iraq war veteran, and Occupy Wall Street activists are suing the city in federal court, alleging gross misconduct ranging from false arrest and imprisonment to possible conspiracy between the police department and JPMorgan Chase to chill citizen's rights to peaceably assemble.

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Sheriff's Deputy Fired for Running His Jail like the Woman on Dance Moms

Sheriff's Deputy Fired for Running His Jail like the Woman on Dance Moms | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
There are several points of contention surrounding an April incident in which an Ohio sheriff's deputy forced inmates locked down in his jail's special disciplinary area to dance for his amusement. Let's analyze them now.
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Too young to shave, but old enough for solitary

Too young to shave, but old enough for solitary | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

It’s time for the United States to catch up to the rest of the world. The United Nations has established minimum standards for the protection of youth in correctional facilities, which specifically prohibit solitary confinement. Just last year, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture concluded that solitary confinement can in some circumstances amount to torture, and called for a complete ban on solitary for juveniles.


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Updated EEOC Policy Forces Employers To Give Fair Shot To Ex-Offenders

Updated EEOC Policy Forces Employers To Give Fair Shot To Ex-Offenders | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

More than ever employers are using a criminal record as a criteria to disqualify prospective applicants. Some 90 percent of employers conduct criminal background checks, up from 51 percent in 1996, according to the National Employment Law Project.

 

But this week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its policy on criminal background checks to make it harder for employers to use such checks systematically to disqualify applicants with criminal records. [via @UsaSlumdog]

 

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Against Law, For Order

Against Law, For Order | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

To see how mass incarceration has reworked our expectations about governance, we need to understand the relationship of policing to the two major political ideologies of the past thirty years and the governance project that came out of them. How did a neoconservative movement that describes itself as being for limited government and liberty become the engine behind a prison state more expansive than that of Russia or Rwanda? And how does the government of the neoliberal imagination, which, by definition, fails at everything it attempts, expand its activities in the one area — imprisonment and the use of force — that has such a high risk of abuse?


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Sale of Imperial Sugar, Central Unit closure denote end of an era

Sale of Imperial Sugar, Central Unit closure denote end of an era | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

 In the book Texas Tough (pp. 205-206), historian Robert Perkinson said the Imperial unit's expansion and renaming as the Central Unit came in the face of calls for reform out of New York and "signaled that Texas's penal system would develop on its own terms, rooted in the Texas slavery belt and devoted, above all, to plantation production."

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Private Prison Corporations Are Modern Day Slave Traders

Private Prison Corporations Are Modern Day Slave Traders | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
The Corrections Corporation of America believes the economic crisis has created an opportunity to become landlord, as well as manager, of a chunk of the American prison gulag.
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Homeland Security's 'Pre-Crime' Screening Will Never Work

Homeland Security's 'Pre-Crime' Screening Will Never Work | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Chances are, you'll snag the wrong people, and when you do, how can you tell? How do you clear suspects of crimes that haven't happened?
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Five Myths About Crime in Black America—and the Statistical Truths - COLORLINES

Five Myths About Crime in Black America—and the Statistical Truths - COLORLINES | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

"Trayvon Martin’s killing stirred many debates about crime surrounding black men. It also kicked up many familiar misconceptions, like the idea that black-on-black crime is uniquely bad. Hatty Lee’s infographic breaks down the realities."


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Male victims of sexual assault face an uncertain future and a society that ... - Texas A&M The Battalion

Male victims of sexual assault face an uncertain future and a society that ... - Texas A&M The Battalion | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Male victims of sexual assault face an uncertain future and a society that ...Texas A&M The BattalionIn a society that draws distinct lines between the concepts of masculinity and femininity, cultural stereotypes of sex roles can hinder a male's...

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Selling State Prisons

Selling State Prisons | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Louisiana’s House Appropriations Committee held a hearing this week on HB 850, regarding the sale of Avoyelles Correctional Center, and the authorization to sell every prison built after 1989. This would follow the direction of Arizona and Florida, and possibly lead to The GEO Group, Inc. having a third prison in the most incarcerated state in the world. 
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Why Tea Party Lawmakers Are Trying to Conflate Poverty and Drug Addiction - COLORLINES

Why Tea Party Lawmakers Are Trying to Conflate Poverty and Drug Addiction - COLORLINES | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
Since 2010, a new meme has spread to dozens of states: Drug testing people who apply for safety net benefits. The goal is to change economic debates into a culture war over who does and does not deserve help.
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BRIEFING: For-Profit Prisons - WhoWhatWhy | WhoWhatWhy

BRIEFING: For-Profit Prisons - WhoWhatWhy | WhoWhatWhy | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Crime is going down in America, but more Americans than ever are in prison—and more and more money is being spent and made turning this country into a giant armed camp.

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Ideology: Behavior protocol or excuse?

Ideology: Behavior protocol or excuse? | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Ideology has to be present before the act for it to be used as an excuse for the behavior. If ideology wasn’t there before the behavior, then you can’t make the behavior fit one. This is important because it tells you that the act was governed by impulses and the reptilian brain, rather than the use of the frontal lobe, which is involved in planning and forecasting. This difference can tell you something about the neurology of the individual, and tell you about the kind of person you are dealing with.


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Will a Militarized Police Force Facing Occupy Wall Street Lead to Another Kent State Massacre? | | AlterNet

Will a Militarized Police Force Facing Occupy Wall Street Lead to Another Kent State Massacre? | | AlterNet | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Today is the 42nd anniversary of an ugly chapter in American history.

 

Some of us lived through the Kent State shootings, anti-war protests and assassinations of that era. We also cannot forget the student strikes after the Kent and Jackson State killings that shut down universities and colleges. We are uneasy about a paramilitary police force's escalating tactics as Occupy protests continue into 2012.

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The color-blind scales of justice?

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Law scholar Kenneth Mack explains America's warring legal ideals of equality and exclusion...
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Taser Shot to the Chest Can Kill, a Study Warns

Taser Shot to the Chest Can Kill, a Study Warns | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
An analysis of eight people who went into cardiac arrest after receiving shocks from the devices highlights the risks they carry and the importance of using them properly.
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Misdemeanors can have major consequences for the people charged.

Misdemeanors can have major consequences for the people charged. | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

The repercussions of a petty conviction can be anything but minor. These offenses are increasingly punished with hefty fines that low-income defendants cannot pay. A conviction of any kind can ruin a person’s job prospects. A petty conviction can affect eligibility for professional licenses, child custody, food stamps, student loans, and health care or lead to deportation. In many cities, a misdemeanor makes you ineligible for public housing.

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CA to Vote on Death Penalty

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One of the largest death rows in the United States may shut down if California voters approve a measure this November

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Breast Cancer Survivor Jailed Over Accidental $280 Medical Bill

Breast Cancer Survivor Jailed Over Accidental $280 Medical Bill | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Episodes like Lindsay’s are becoming increasingly common as the number of debts referred to third-party collection agencies has doubled since 2000. Because one third of U.S. states currently allow debtors to be imprisoned, thousands of Americans have been jailed because they can't pay their bills.

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Torturous Milestone: 40 Years in Solitary

Torturous Milestone: 40 Years in Solitary | And Justice For All | Scoop.it
As of today, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox have spent 40 years in near-continuous solitary confinement in the bowels of the Louisiana prison system. Most of those years were spent at the notorious Angola Prison, which is why Wallace and Woodfox are still known as members of the Angola 3. The third man, Robert King, was released in 2001; his conviction was overturned after he'd spent 29 years in solitary.
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Guarding the Faith: The Ups and Downs of Ministering to the Incarcerated

Guarding the Faith: The Ups and Downs of Ministering to the Incarcerated | And Justice For All | Scoop.it

Prison chaplains are more than just preachers. They provide spiritual guidance and support for prisoners, promote a peaceful environment and safeguard the religious rights of the incarcerated. It’s a demanding job that, in recent years, has gotten tougher. [via     @CSLewisDaily @SummisseOrator]

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