Author Archives: Thomas Gardner

Law enforcement group back proposed sentencing guidelines

By Thomas Gardner A coalition of law enforcement officials and civil servants has voiced strong support for legislation that addresses sentencing guidelines at the federal level, says a report by A.J. Vicens of Mother Jones. The coalition is known as Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration and consists of more than 160 police […]

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Stanford researchers mine racial traffic stop data

By Thomas Gardner Researchers at Stanford University are collecting data to determine whether race plays a part in motor vehicle stops by police, says a recent report by The Marshall Project. This comes at a time of national debate about the way law enforcement responds to minorities. In the past few years there have been […]

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Court Ruling Bars SHU Inmates from Good-Time Credits

By Thomas Gardner The Supreme Court recently decided that validated prison-gang members do not have a right to earn good-time credits when serving time in the SHU (Security Housing Unit). The ruling upholds a California law enacted in 2010 that added gang membership to a list of violations and infractions that disqualify SHU inmates from […]

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Early Psychiatric Treatment Reduces Violent Incidents

By Thomas Gardner Journalism Guild Writer Early access to psychiatric care for people who are mentally ill may result in fewer violent incidents and hospitalizations, reports public television station KQED. When the opportunity to treat beginning-stage mental health disorder is missed, then a sort of “snowball” dynamic can be set in motion, where violence and […]

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Gobierno Beneficia al Sector Privado

Por Thomas Gardner Escritor del Gremio Periodístico El gobierno de los Estados Unidos necesita dejar de trabajar a la par con el sector corporativo con el fin de aumentar el número de inmigrantes detenidos, de acuerdo a un reporte en el 2015. La relación “asegura” altas ganancias para las compañías privadas de la prisión contratadas […]

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Radar Technology Invades Privacy

By Thomas Gardner Journalism Guild Writer Many U.S. law enforcement agencies now have radar technology that allows them to see through walls of buildings and houses to know whether anyone is inside, a U.S.A. Today news article reveals. Privacy advocates, however, have raised concern over the technology. They argue that the surveillance tools used amount […]

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Bureau of Prisons’ Congressional Testimony Criticized by Inmates

By Thomas Gardner Journalism Guild Writer Some federal prison inmates are criticizing the director of the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for recent congressional testimony, according to VICE magazine. “We do not under any circumstances, nor have we ever had the practice of putting an individual in a cell alone,” said BOP Director Charles E. […]

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Private Prisons Maximizing Profits With U.S. Government’s Help

By Thomas Gardner Journalism Guild Writer The United States government needs to stop working hand-in-hand with the corporate sector to maximize the number of immigrants held in lockup, a 2015 report states. The relationship “guarantees” maximized profits for the private prison companies contracted with the U.S. government, says the report by the Center for Constitutional […]

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Oficiales Reclaman Muertes a Manos de Policías

Por Thomas Gardner Escritor del Gremio Periodístico Desde el año 2003 al 2009, el 60% de todos los reportes de arrestos relacionados con muertes resultaron ser homicidios cometidos por las autoridades, de acuerdo a un análisis federal reciente. El informe del Departamento de Justicia de los Estados Unidos confirma que desde el año 2003 al […]

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$1.7 Billion In State Grants Slated for Jail Expansions

By Thomas Gardner Journalism Guild Writer A boom in new jail construction is taking place in counties across the state of California, according to a recent report. The reason? “Realignment,” according to The Marshall Project’s report released in July. “Twenty-eight counties are leveraging $1.7 billion in state grants to build and expand 35 jails,” the […]

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