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Nearly 300 weapons collected in buy-back

Ten minutes after the 10 a.m. gun buy-back program kicked off at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 71 firearms had been turned in by people.<p>OCALA …

N.Y. court allows 'close friends' to adopt child

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a decision that could make it easier for a broader category of people to adopt in New York state, a Manhattan judge has allowed the adoption of a child by two “close personal friends.”<p>In permitting adoption of the child by the friends, a Manhattan man and a Brooklyn woman, …

The Dark Secret of Juvenile Detention Centers Is Sexual Abuse Perpetrated by Female Staffers

Thirty-two teens escaped from a Tennessee juvenile detention center late Monday night, taking advantage of an overnight shift change to leave the …

A Rogue Chemist Faked Drug Tests, And Now Tens Of Thousands Of Drug Convictions Are In Limbo

The American Civil Liberties Union and the law firm Foley Hoag will argue at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for measures to speed up reviews of the cases and to limit the powers of prosecutors to oppose them.<p>"People who have suffered ... are being scared away from challenging their …

I've served 15 years of my life sentence for a drug crime. Can I go home now?

<i>Late last month, US attorney general Eric Holder announced that the Obama administration would release new guidelines for clemency petitions, opening up the possibility that thousands of people serving long prison sentences for non-violent drug offenses might be released. The guidelines require</i> …

As Another Young Boy Commits Suicide in an Adult Prison, We Must Rethink the Prosecution of Children as Adults

Zachary Proper, age 15, committed suicide two weeks ago in an adult prison in Pennsylvania. There has been little media coverage of his death, suggesting a disturbing complacency about suicide by youth who would rather take their own lives than endure decades in jail.<p>Zachary Proper, age 15, …

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Why Solitary Confinement Hurts Juveniles More Than Adults

In a long-awaited move, New York City’s Department of Correction has finally decided to end its practice of putting teenaged offenders in solitary …

How some of America’s most gifted kids wind up in prison

Our table at La Casa Del Mofongo, a Dominican restaurant in Washington Heights, New York, buzzed with excitement as we reunited with our former students, whom neither of us had seen in a year, since we transitioned to other jobs. While the other graduating seniors fretted about college loans, …

Education

Juveniles Sexually Abused by Staffers at Corrections Facilities

Scandal in Idaho Shines Light on Victimization of Young People by Staff<p>NAMPA, Idaho—When a local nurse’s son was sent to the juvenile corrections center here at age 15, she was upset, but relieved that he would be away from drugs and gangs. The single mother said that the “night he went in, I felt …

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Thousands of inmates to be transferred after unrest at Texas prison

The disturbance, which flared after prisoners protested about medical services, left the facility ‘uninhabitable’, according to local media reports<p>Thousands of inmates at a federal prison in south Texas will be moved to other facilities after an uprising by angry prisoners left the prison damaged …

Legal Weed, One Year Later: Thousands Not Arrested for Marijuana, Millions of Dollars Saved

One year ago, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed an executive order ratifying the overwhelming victory Amendment 64, the nation’s first …

Cannabis

Inside The Weirdly Bipartisan, Very Optimistic World Of Prison Reform

WASHINGTON — These days the most optimistic people in Washington deal with a dark topic: overhauling the nation's criminal justice system.<p>The biggest reason for the optimism is, after decades of tough-on-crime politicians from both parties, the groups behind the push for new prison policies are …

Rand Paul

How Chicago’s Cook County Jail Became America’s Largest Mental Health Care Provider

The Cook County Jail in Chicago, Illinois, holds over 9,000 men and women, making it the largest correctional facility in America. But a perfect …

Yesterday the ACLU released a new report, Worse Than Second-Class, on women prisoners held in solitary confinement. Through surveys of prison practices and testimony from women who have spent time in solitary, the report presents a picture of institutional violence not only perpetrated against women at skyrocketing rates but which harms ...

Yesterday the ACLU released a new report, <i>Worse Than Second-Class</i>, on women prisoners held in solitary confinement. Through surveys of prison …

You Could Be Imprisoned Today for Something You Didn't Do and Spend 20 Years There

In January 1990, when Jeffrey Deskovic was 16 years old, he was arrested for the rape and murder of his classmate, 15-year-old Angela Correa in …

Colorado Will No Longer Send the 'Major Mentally Ill' to Solitary Confinement

Under fire from critics and the federal courts, state officials make a bold move. But how will the new rule be put into practice?<p>Colorado prison officials last week did a good thing—a very good thing. The Colorado Department of Corrections issued a memo to all state wardens telling them that …

This Is How Much More States Spend On Prisoners Than On Students

Perhaps if states spent more money on educating students, they would not have to spend so much money keeping prisoners incarcerated.<p>New maps compiled by research engine FindTheBest show how much states spend on funding their average K-12 pupil, compared to what the average prisoner costs for state …

States predict inmates' future crimes with secretive surveys

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — States are trying to reduce prison populations with secretive, new psychological assessments to predict which inmates will …

Experts Explain Whether Robert Durst's "Confession" Could Be Admissible In Court

Sunday night's finale of the HBO documentary <i>The Jinx</i> ended with a bombshell. The subject, Robert Durst — the son of a New York City real estate tycoon and a suspect in three separate murders — was recorded in a bathroom wearing a live microphone. In an unguarded moment of solitude, and after being …

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Constitution Check: Has the Supreme Court already tipped its hand on same-sex marriage?

Lyle Denniston looks at the only guidance so far from the Supreme Court about a recent slew of same-sex marriage cases – and why some assumptions …

Same-sex Marriage

All Of America's Prisons Seen From Above In One Staggering Website - ANIMAL

Artist Josh Begley’s most recent project is a website that collects satellite photography of all 4,916 prison facilities in the U.S. and puts them on …

Ramsay Law Firm

The History of the Consent Exception to the Fourth Amendment Warrant Requirement<p>Posted On January 23, 2015 by Charles Ramsay<p>The Constitution didn't …

The CIA is giving its surveillance tech to US law enforcement

The Justice Department's newest electronic dragnet--plane-mounted "dirtboxes" that can slurp thousands of cellular phone ID's from the air -- was originally developed by the CIA to hunt terrorists in the Middle East, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports. Now however, it's being used domestically to track …

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Cops shoot, kill mentally ill man

Graphic new video shows the fatal police shooting of a mentally ill man who was holding a screwdriver when officers arrived to respond to a 911 call.

Former Niles cop convicted of stealing cash from dead man's room

A former Niles police officer is expected to be sentenced next month after being convicted of theft after he pocketed hundreds of dollars from the room of a man who had died at a Niles YMCA residence, prosecutors said.<p>William Christie, 53, was convicted Monday in a bench trial at the Leighton …

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Police go on trial in case that set off weeks of rioting in France

Two French police went on trial Monday, accused of failing to help two youths police were chasing who were electrocuted after hiding in a power station.<p>The 2005 deaths of Zyed Benna, 17, and Bouna Traoré, 15, youths from one of Paris' troubled suburban housing projects, set off some of the worst …