All Articles: Criminal Justice

Unconstitutional policing conducted by US police departments

By Charles David Henry The country is engaged in a critically important conversation about community-police relations, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report. Some of the more than 18,000 police departments across the United States are engaging in unconstitutional policing, according to the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Pattern and Practice Police Reform […]

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Prisoners strike to end ‘prison slavery’

By David Le Inmates at dozens of prisons across the county were on strike calling for reform to end the practice of slavery in prison, The Intercept reported. “There are probably 20,000 prisoners on strike right now, at least, which is the biggest prison strike in history, but the information is really sketchy and spotty,” […]

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California’s first Latino AG leads fight against presidential policies

By David Eugene Archer Sr. California Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Congressman Xavier Becerra to be the new California attorney general, reported The Guardian. Becerra is leading the state’s court battles with President Donald Trump over climate change, immigration and more, the newspaper story reported. Becerra is a 24-year veteran of Congress. He graduated from […]

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Over $180 billion a year spent on mass incarceration

Half the money spent on running the correctional system goes to pay staff By Charles David Henry The system of mass incarceration costs the government and families at least $182 billion every year, according to a report by the Prison Policy Institute. “Our goal with this report is to give a hint as to how […]

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Trump’s victory means private prison growth

By Salvador Solorio Donald Trump’s presidential victory has breathed new life into the for-profit prison industry. After the Department of Justice announced phasing out privately run jails in August, shares in CoreCivic, formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), and GEO Group dropped, but the day after the election CoreCivic traded as much as […]

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President’s deportation policy could increase prison population

America’s prison population is likely to rise for the first time in nearly a decade if President Donald Trump keeps his promise to detain and deport millions of immigrants, The Associated Press reports. Such a policy would benefit private for-profit prison companies, the story added. After Trump commented on immigrantion policies, their stock prices jumped, […]

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Mayors and police chiefs push back against deportation policies

By John Lam Mayors and police chiefs are pushing back against President Donald Trump’s proposed deportation policies. “I don’t intend on doing anything different,” said Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “We are not going to engage in law enforcement activities solely based on somebody’s immigration status. […]

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Tehachapi gets upgrades with security and medical clinics

Tehachapi State Prison inmates may soon find themselves under new security cameras, according to a Tehachapi News article. “By knowing they (inmates) are on camera, they will generally be less likely to do something inappropriate” stated Lt. Brian Parriott. Due to an inspection of the prison, a Kern County Grand Jury recommended that California Correctional […]

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Parents awarded $750,000 for wrongful death of prisoner

There was a documented serious mental illness in Duran’s prison records By Tommy Bryant The parents of an inmate were awarded $750,000 for their son’s wrongful death after he was pepper-sprayed by a correctional officer in 2013. When inmate Joseph Damien Duran refused to release the feed port to his cell, Officer Roy C. Chavez […]

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Daughter sues CDCR over father’s negligent death

By Salvador Solorio Hugo “Yogi” Pinell’s daughter is suing the California prison system, claiming her father was murdered because of negligent supervision, according to a Courthouse News article by Nick Cahill. Allegra Casimir-Taylor claims her father was “released into the general population despite the fact that they (prison officials) knew that he was targeted by […]

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