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The Strange Case of the Forgotten Gitmo Detainee

Abu Zubaydah was tortured and waterboarded by the CIA—but his troubles really began when his case arrived in a D.C. courtroom.<p>Since being seized in a raid in Pakistan in 2002, Abu Zubaydah has had his life controlled by American officials, first at secret sites where he was tortured, and since 2006 …

Cybercrime

Human Rights Watch details abuse of mentally disabled prisoners

In jails and prisons throughout the United States, correctional staff have sprayed mentally disabled prisoners with painful chemicals, shocked them with electric stun weapons, and strapped them for days in restraining chairs and beds, according to a report that will be released Tuesday.<p>In its …

Mental Health

Colorado's cannabis-friendly hotel

Marijuana enthusiasts will feel at home at one of Colorado’s two cannabis-friendly Bud+Breakfast guesthouses, where the catchphrase is: “We’ll keep the bowl burning for you”.<p>Guests at both properties, including a six-bedroom house in the a small ski town of Silverthorne, and a four-bedroom historic …

Meet the NYPD’s Most Corrupt Cop

How corruption, cocaine, and cash ruled everything around NYPD officer Michael Dowd right under the New York Police Department’s nose.<p><i>“I considered</i> …

Crime

Couple found guilty of having sex on a Florida beach, faces up to 15 years in prison

It’s been dubbed the “sex-on-the-beach” trial.<p>A Florida jury on Monday convicted Jose Caballero, 40, and Elissa Alvarez, 20, on charges that they had sex on Bradenton Beach in broad daylight. They face up to 15 years behind bars and will have to register as sex offenders.<p>Each of them faced two …

Crime

'Real-life Shawshank Redemption' prison escapee recaptured after 56 years

Frank Freshwaters, who was imprisoned in Ohio jail used to film the Shawshank Redemption, escaped in 1959 after earning the trust of guards<p>A convict who was once imprisoned at the <b>Ohio</b> prison used to film <b>The Shawshank Redemption</b>has been recaptured after 56 years on the run.<p>In a case bearing …

Crime

Chicago Creates Reparations Fund For Victims Of Police Torture

<b>Updated at 1:30 p.m. ET.</b><p>The city of Chicago has become the first in the nation to create a reparations fund for victims of police torture, after the City Council unanimously approved the $5.5 million package.<p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the abuse and torture of scores of mostly black, male …

Crime

The most racist places in America, according to Google

Where do America's most racist people live? "The rural Northeast and South," suggests a new study just published in PLOS ONE.<p>The paper introduces a novel but makes-tons-of-sense-when-you-think-about-it method for measuring the incidence of racist attitudes: Google search data. The methodology comes …

Barack Obama

Crime Rates Not Affected By Incarceration: Report

America has long been the country with the highest rates of incarceration in the world, yet it has never been one of the safest nations. A new …

It’s Poverty, Not the 'Teenage Brain,' That Causes the Most Youth Crime

Alan Cleaver (CC BY 2.0)<p>Lauren Kirchner writes at The Pacific Standard:<p>While trading stories about the wide range of things that confused us when we …

Seattle Is Helping Drug Addicts Instead of Locking Them Up — and So Far It’s Working | VICE News

Seattle's revolutionary approach to treating drug abuse has changed Wade Johnson's life. A self-confessed addict, the 35-year-old Johnson has lived in the city since 1988 — minus time spent in prison for robbery and drug charges — and joined the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program …

Next time someone says racism isn't real, show them this 3-minute video

If systemic racism isn't real, why are black people nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than their white counterparts despite using and selling drugs at similar rates, about twice as likely to be pulled over while driving, or half as likely to get a call back after they mail …

The wrong Carlos: how Texas sent an innocent man to his death

A few years ago, Antonin Scalia, one of the nine justices on the US supreme court, made a bold statement. There has not been, he said, "a single case – not one – in which it is clear that a person was executed for a crime he did not commit. If such an event had occurred … the innocent's name would …

Family Says Slain Teen Justus Howell Was 'Executed' By Police

A coroner's decision to rule the officer-involved shooting of Illinois teen Justus "Lil Meachi" Howell a homicide is of little comfort to the young man's family, who fear the officer responsible will go unpunished.<p>"We have no confidence in our local law enforcement agency [or] the major crimes task …

California woman freed after 17 years, declared innocent of murder | Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 59-year-old California woman who spent 17 years in prison for murder was ordered freed on Friday by a judge who said she was wrongly convicted on the basis of testimony by a woman known to be a habitual liar, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.<p>The case against Susan …

Is LSD about to return to polite society?

Imagine a family of drugs that could treat addiction, depression and post-traumatic stress: sicknesses of the soul for which modern medicine, in all its surgical wizardry, has few cures. Substances that were a fillip to creativity and could provide those who took them with an experience comparable …

World Health Organization

Two South Carolina cops sent to prison for tasing mentally disabled woman at least 8 times

Eric Walters and Franklin Brown tased 40-year-old Melissa Davis at least eight times on the night of April 2, shocking her even as she was handcuffed and lying face down on the pavement.<p>When asked by fellow officers why he continued to tase Davis even though she was in handcuffs, Brown reportedly …

These two maps show the shocking inequality in Baltimore

"Baltimore is not Ferguson and its primary problems are not racial," my colleague Mike Fletcher wrote today. "Yet, the gaping disparities separating the haves and the have nots in Baltimore are as large as they are anywhere."<p>The two maps below offer a striking look at the two Baltimores, one …

Justice

Salesforce CEO combs through 16,000 workers’ salaries to make sure women are paid fairly

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff is tackling yet another social issue: the gender pay gap.<p>Benioff, who grabbed headlines recently for his opposition to the controversial "religious freedom" law in Indiana, says he's methodically combing through the pay of all 16,000 employees of his cloud-based …

Gender

Supreme Court To Consider Whether New Execution Drug Is Constitutional

The court will consider if Oklahoma can use the controversial execution drug midazolam as a sedative, when the other drugs in an execution process can cause intense pain.<p>The Supreme Court will consider on Wednesday whether Oklahoma's execution protocol violates the constitutional ban on cruel and …

FDA

What they said: Supreme Court quotes on gay marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Excerpts from arguments before the Supreme Court on Tuesday about whether states must allow same-sex couples to marry and whether …

LGBTQI

Meet Jim Obergefell: The Man Behind the Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Case

Jim Obergefell's case will affect the marriage laws under which about 200 million Americans live, but the reason he sued his home state of Ohio was …

'Rough Rides' and the Challenges of Improving Police Culture

Freddie Gray isn't the first person to be gravely injured while riding in a police van.<p><i>Updated on April 27, 2015, at 5 p.m.</i><p>A rough ride. Bringing them up front. A screen test. A cowboy ride. A nickel ride.<p>Police say that intentionally banging a suspect around in the back of a van isn't common …

Deputy charged in Tulsa shooting

<b>Tulsa, Oklahoma (CNN) —</b> The Tulsa County deputy who shot and killed a man instead of using his Taser now faces a manslaughter charge.<p>Video shows Reserve Deputy Robert Bates announcing he is going to deploy his Taser after an undercover weapons sting on April 2, but then shooting Eric Courtney …

Law Enforcement

Not just Freddie Gray: Others who died in police custody

<b>(CNN) —</b> The bizarre circumstances surrounding Freddie Gray's death have inflamed tensions across the country. How could a man suffer a severe spinal cord injury after getting arrested? And what happened in the 30 minutes before he was taken to a hospital?<p>Gray wavered in and out of a coma and died …

Justice

Seventeen years alone in a cell: ‘Keeping somebody in segregation for that length of time is very hard to justify’

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Canada

Flawed FBI forensic testimony comes back to haunt US criminal justice system | DW | 21.04.2015

Innocent until proven guilty. This principle is the cornerstone of the US criminal justice system. But what happens when an innocent defendant is …

Forensics