Criminal Justice

By Lisa DeGraaf | Criminology, prison reform, laws, police reform, court cases, and much more!

GOP’s firing squad idiocy: The hypocrisy of “humane executions”

As a new proposal gets traction, it raises a fact no charade can obscure: killing people is bloody business!<p>When Utah Republican congressman Paul Ray recently announced a proposal to bring back firing squads, it was a response to the infamous “botched” execution of Clayton Lockett in the state of …

Fears for legal aid justice as lawyer admits 'I can't afford my own wig'

Solicitor advocate Caitriona McLaughlin fears government cuts will deter firms from taking loss-making magistrates court cases<p>As a solicitor advocate, Caitriona McLaughlin is qualified to argue criminal cases before a crown court judge – but the 30-year-old cannot afford to buy the £800 wig and …

Legal Aid

A Year After CO Prison Chief Was Killed, Prison Population Up As A Result

One year after a parolee killed Colorado state prisons director Tom Clements, life behind bars — and beyond — is far different for the state’s …

Baltimore Suspects Jailed For Days, Weeks Awaiting Bail Decisions

Shykill Brewer, who spent six weeks in Baltimore’s jail finally to be freed on $100,000 bail on a misdemeanor gun charge, is among dozens of suspects …

NYPD Denies FOI Request For Its Freedom Of Information Handbook

The New York City Police Department has denied a public records request and subsequent appeal for its Freedom of Information handbook, the Washington …

Shocking: Seattle Treats 47-Year-Old Woman Like Person, Not Problem

On a typical night, police officers approach women like "Jane," a 47-year-old who had just sold $20 worth of crack to an undercover officer. Jane is …

A discussion of the Ray Jasper Death Row issue from a family member of the victim

Previously, a post from Hamilton Nolan on Gawker shared a statement from a Texas Death Row inmate named Ray Jasper. The letter from Jasper is touted …

A Letter From Ray Jasper, Who Is About to Be Executed

Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper is scheduled to be put to death on March 19. He has written us a letter that, he acknowledges, "could be my final …

United States Efforts to Undermine the International Criminal Court

Legacy PDF:<p>Read the report<p>The Bush Administration is attempting to negotiate bilateral impunity agreements with numerous countries around the globe. …

When Good People Do Nothing: The Appalling Story of South Carolina's Prisons

A judge's order in an inmate abuse case highlights the role played, or not played, by the state's political and legal infrastructure.<p>In two months, America will observe the 50th anniversary of one of its most dubious moments. On March 13, 1964, Catherine "Kitty" Genovese was brutally murdered in …

Prison

Private Probation Services Penalize the Poor, New Report Says

Penniless and desperate in January 2012, Clifford Hayes went looking for a bed in a homeless shelter. Instead, he found one in jail.<p>His arrest did not occur because he committed a new crime. It was the result of an old warrant arising from a DUI and driving-without-a-license conviction in 2007, …

Prison

Secure colleges would put girls at risk, warn campaigners

As part of plans announced in January, the government intends to hold under-18s sentenced to custody in secure colleges that focus on education in an …

California's Radical De-Incarceration Experiment

<b>By Mike Males</b><p>Center on Juvenile & Criminal Justice<p>California has undertaken two gigantic experiments in de-incarceration, one of youths and the other …

LEAVE HOUSTON CITY ATTORNEY DAVID M. FELDMAN ALONE

ATTENTION ENTITLED MISCREANTS IN HOUSTON AND ELSEWHERE:<p>You may believe that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution gives you a right …