When I read this I just thought, “Really, Jerry Brown? Really?” He vetoed a bill that would have given judges more discretion to reduce sentences for low level drug offenders while simultaneously signing a new contract with a private prison company to take over a closed prison to house more inmates.
Category Archive: Criminal Justice
Oct 18 2013
Oct 15 2013
Jonathan Turley highlights yet another case of appalling police abuse, this time in Skokie, Illinois where a police officer hurled a woman in custody into a concrete bench so hard that blood immediately came gushing out. The video is very disturbing, as are the still pictures of her face. Naturally, the officer then tried to …
Oct 10 2013
Radley Balko continues his excellent reporting on our appalling criminal justice system with an article pointing out that, in addition to having total immunity from civil suits, corrupt prosecutors are also often given anonymity by the courts so the public doesn’t know that they’re corrupt.
Oct 01 2013
The American Legislative Exchange Council, which has been responsible for pushing some of the most appalling legislation in the country, is at least getting it right when it comes to mandatory minimum sentences. After quietly supporting reform behind the scenes (which is how the group nearly always operates), the group’s Cara Sullivan has gone public …
Oct 01 2013
“Psychic” fraud Ruth Marks of Florida and New York was found guilty by a jury on 14 counts of fraud for bilking clients out of some $25 million. Those clients included best-selling romance novelist Jude Deveraux and dozens of others. Despite the fact that most other members of her family already pleaded guilty, they’re furious …
Sep 26 2013
Jails and prisons are not the only parts of our criminal justice being turned over to private companies with terrible consequences for justice. Some states also have turned over their parole and probation services to private companies, one of the largest of which has been found guilty of illegally extending sentences to keep the money …
Sep 24 2013
One of the great dangers of privatizing jails and prisons is that you give a huge profit motive to keep those facilities filled to the brim with inmates. A new report from In the Public Interest finds that many of the contracts between private corrections firms require that the government either keep them full or …
Sep 20 2013
The FBI has released the 2012 Uniform Crime Report and it shows that drug law violations were the single most common cause for arrest in the United States, with the overwhelming majority of those arrests being for possession only. The numbers are quite ridiculous.
Sep 19 2013
I’ve hammered Rand Paul many times for taking unconscionable positions on a number of issues and pandering to the most extreme wing of his party, but I’ve also given him credit when he’s been right. And I have to applaud him for speaking out in favor of restoring the voting rights of felons who complete …
Sep 13 2013
Slate has an interview with University of California–Irvine psychologist and law professor Elizabeth Loftus, who has spent her career studying the problem of false memories and how easily they can be planted in our brains, deliberately or not, and seem totally authentic and accurate to us even if they’re really a combination of accurate memory …
Sep 06 2013
In what is clearly becoming a trend, a husband and wife “psychic” team in the San Bernardino, California area have been charged with grand theft for allegedly swindling thousands of dollars from people in exchange for ridding them of evil spirits.
Sep 06 2013
Ronald Bailey at Reason writes about a study of one city where all police officers were required to wear video cameras on their uniforms at all times when on duty. As one would expect, the results should be cheered both by civil libertarians and by the police officers themselves.
Sep 05 2013
Here’s yet another example of fraud in a state crime lab, this one affecting as many as 40,000 defendants in Massachusetts. A crime lab chemist is accused of faking drug test results and has been criminally charged, prompting a review of tens of thousands of cases.
Sep 04 2013
Fascist Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is getting a federal watchdog, which can only be a good thing for everyone but him. A federal judge ordered the appointment of an overseer to monitor his departments conduct after decades of misconduct and abuse.
Sep 03 2013
The Gilberton, Pennsylvania city council met on Friday night, the last night of the 30-day suspension of Police Chief Mark Kessler. Kessler was supposed to show up and didn’t, but there are apparently negotiations going on with his attorney. The city is apparently trying to find a way to get out of his contract.