Excerpt: “The White House-led review will consider whether the government should continue providing such equipment and, if so, whether local authorities have sufficient training to use it appropriately, said senior administration and law enforcement officials. The government will also consider whether it is keeping a close enough watch on equipment inventories, and how the weapons and other gear are used.” Click Here for Full article.
Excerpt: “The top investigator at the New York Correction Department resigned on Friday under pressure from city leaders who are facing a federal mandate to regain control of the Rikers Island jail complex, where widespread brutality and corruption by guards routinely go unpunished. The investigator, Florence L. Finkle, is leaving less than a month after a damning federal inquiry chronicled assaults on teenage inmates by guards at Rikers, and criticized the division she oversaw as “ineffectual,” “understaffed” and biased in favor of correction officers.” Click here for full article.
Excerpt: “Lawyers for the mother of a mentally ill man who died in 2010 while being forcibly removed from his cell in a Nashville prison asked a federal court on Friday for a new civil trial against prison officials. The inmate, Charles Jason Toll, 33, suffocated while being removed from his cell by a team of corrections officers at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. The officers, wearing riot gear, handcuffed, shackled and carried Mr. Toll to a dark outdoor recreation yard. On a prison video, Mr. Toll could be heard saying, “I can’t breathe,” at least 12 times. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide and concluded, along with an independent forensic medical expert, that Mr. Toll died from force applied while he was in restraints during the cell removal.” Click Here for full article.
Excerpt: “Dozens of sex offenders who have satisfied their sentences in New York State are being held in prison beyond their release dates because of a new interpretation of a state law that governs where they can live. The law, which has been in effect since 2005, restricts many sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school. Those unable to find such accommodations often end up in homeless shelters. But in February, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, which runs the prisons and parole system, said the 1,000-foot restriction also extended from homeless shelters, making most of them off limits because of the proximity of schools.” Click Here for full article.
Excerpt: “Rikers has been a place of violent excess for decades. And the growing ranks of inmates with mental illnesses, reaching nearly 40 percent of the jail population today, have added to the challenges for correction officials.But conditions worsened substantially under the administration of MayorMichael R. Bloomberg, which reduced jail staff and failed to curb escalating violence by guards, according to former correction officials, inmates’ advocates and others intimately familiar with the jail.” Click Here for full article.
Excerpt: “On the list of activities for this summer camp: visiting Dad in a maximum security prison. The nonprofit group Hope House runs three camps to keep children connected with incarcerated dads who might not be close to home. There are also plenty of arts and crafts, mosquito repellent and campfire songs.” click here for full article.
Excerpt: “Like many points along the justice system, probation is weighted against African Americans. Black probationers are more likely to see their probation status revoked than white or Hispanic probationers. Probation practice affects a dramatically large percentage of the population: Probationers outnumber parolees, jail inmates, and prisoners combined. “click here for full article.
Excerpt: “San Antonio and Bexar County have completely overhauled their mental-health system into a program considered a model for the rest of the nation. Today, the jails are under capacity, and the city has saved $50 million over the past five years. The effort has focused on an idea called “smart justice”—basically, diverting people with serious mental illness out of jail and into treatment instead. It is possible because all the players in the system that deal with mental illness—the police, the county jail, mental-health department, criminal courts, hospitals and homeless programs—pooled their resources to take better care of people with mental illness.” Click here for full article.
Excerpt: “Why wasn’t the officer arrested at the scene and charged with murder? Police officers have the authority to use deadly force when it is reasonable and necessary and usually are not second-guessed. Experts could not think of a case when an officer accused of misusing deadly force was arrested at the scene.” Click here for full article.