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Article • July 20, 2017
Filed under: Informants, Bail Bonds
Federal Jailhouse Snitch Testifies Against Former Prison Doctor at Bond Hearing by David Reutter by David Reutter             Federal prosecutors used the testimony of a jailhouse snitch at a bond hearing to argue a doctor charged with tax evasion and fraud should be denied bond because ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Local Entities Tax-Exempt Bonds for Facilities to House Federal Prisoners under IRS Review by David Reutter by David M. Reutter The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is auditing dozens of tax-exempt bond-financed jail deals. The audits are looking into whether the bonds are no longer tax-exempt and are taxable private-activity bonds. ...
States Use Medicaid Expansion under Obamacare to Lower Prison Healthcare Costs, Reduce Recidivism by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Despite constant backlash against the Affordable Care Acts (ACA), states across the country are depending on the federal legislation to not only reduce healthcare costs for prisoners and parolees, but also ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Report Cites Epidemic of Law Enforcement Injustices to LGBT Community by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Citing a system that appears to be based upon "maintaining structures of power based on race, poverty, ability and place," the LGBT organization Center for American Progress (CAP), takes American law enforcement to task.  ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Report Decries Human and Financial Cost of Flawed California Prosecutions by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna "We ignore flaws with the system at our own peril." Thus do the authors of "Criminal (In)justice: A Cost Analysis of Wrongful Convictions, Errors, and Failed Prosecutions in California's Criminal Justice System," summarize the ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Filed under: War on Drugs, Juries
When Laws Are Unjust: A Primer on Jury Nullification by Joe Watson by Joe Watson The 2014 trial of Jacob Lavaro—a 19-year-old from Austin, Texas, who was facing five years to life for making a pound-and-a-half of pot brownies— has again provoked the ire of criminal justice reform advocates, including ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Grand Juries: Gatekeepers to the Criminal Justice System by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis On November 30, 2014, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office announced that Ferguson (MO) Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in connection with Wilson's fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown on August ...
Article • July 20, 2017
2013 Deportations of Undocumented Reach Record High by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was formed in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, deportations of undocumented immigrants have climbed every year, and 2013 was no exception. In fiscal year 2013, 438,421 individuals were ...
Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales - Annual Report 2016-2017, 2017 HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales Annual Report 2016–17 HC 208 HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales Annual Report 2016–17 Presented to Parliament pursuant to Section 5A of the Prison Act ...
Urban Institute - A Matter of Time, Executive Summary, 2017 JUSTICE POLICY CENTER A Matter of Time The Causes and Consequences of Rising Time Served in America’s Prisons Leigh Courtney, Sarah Eppler-Epstein, Elizabeth Pelletier, Ryan King, and Serena Lei July 2017 This document is the executive summary for the feature ...
Publication • July 7, 2017
Office of the Inspector General - Review of...Smart on Crime Initiative, Evaluation and Inspections Division, 2017 Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice Review of the Department’s Implementation of Prosecution and Sentencing Reform Principles under the Smart on Crime ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Filed under: Escapes
Washington: Sentence for Escape Conviction Can Only be Enhanced by Other Escapes by Division III of the Washington State Court of Appeals held on June 21, 2016 that a sentence for a conviction of “escape from community custody” may only be enhanced or increased by other escape convictions. Washington state ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Report Finds Federal Informants at Risk of Retaliation; Court Penalizes Informant for Trial Outcome by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Last year the Federal Judicial Center (FJC), part of the Court Administration and Case Management Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, published a study that found criminal ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
George Soros’ Quiet Overhaul of the U.S. Justice System by Scott Bland Progressives have zeroed in on electing prosecutors as an avenue for criminal justice reform, and the billionaire financier is providing the cash to make it happen. by Scott Bland, Politico While America's political kingmakers inject their millions into ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Is Risk Prediction Real Criminal Justice Reform or Junk Science? by Joe Watson by Joe Watson With its criminal justice system bursting at the seams, one state has decided to take a controversial step to alleviate the pressure. In 2015, Pennsylvania officials indicated the state would become the first in ...
“Deal with the Devil” Turning on Mississippi Counties by David M. Reutter by David M. Reutter As mass incarceration in the United States grew between 1990 and 2005, many lawmakers decided to ride the wave of “tough on crime” rhetoric by building new correctional facilities to house the increasing number ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
New York DOCCS Has Paid $10 Million to Prisoners Beaten by Guards Over Five-year Period by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Widespread abuse by prison guards across New York State has led to at least 175 monetary awards to prisoners from 2010 to 2015 totaling around $10 million, a newspaper ...
Publication • June 15, 2017
Juvenile Law Center - Debtors' Prison for Kids, 2016 DEBTORS’ PRISON FOR KIDS? The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System Authored by Jessica Feierman with Naomi Goldstein, Emily Haney-Caron, Jaymes Fairfax Columbo 2016 DEBTORS’ PRISON FOR KIDS? The High Cost of Fines and Fees in ...
Publication • June 15, 2017
Justice Policy Institute - Defining Violence, 2016 DEFINING VIOLENCE: Reducing Incarceration by Rethinking America’s Approach to Violence Justice Policy Institute │ August 2016 TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction.……………………………………………………………..1 Part I: A moment in time: the offense reflects singular events, not a person’s capacity to change…….……………………….…..…..6  Homicide: Low recidivism rates……………………………..6 Justice ...
Publication • June 15, 2017
ACLU of Ohio - Letter to City of Washington Court re Overdoses, 2017 ACLU AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION o f OHIO I ·, March 28, 20 I 7 VIA CERTI FI E D MAIL AND EMAIL Mark Pitstick, Law Director, Washington Court I lquse l 17 N Main Street Washington ...
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