It’s the same story you’ve heard a hundred times. 40-year old guard at a juvenile detention center in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana rapes a 14-year old girl. Girl sues the detention center and the parish that runs it. Parish says, “Sure, it happened. But she was asking for it.”
Category Archive: Criminal Justice
Jan 01 2014
Dec 31 2013
I’m pleased to see that a bill has been submitted in the Michigan legislature to reform the way the police seize assets, both money and property, in criminal cases. There are actually two bills, but the most important of the two would require a conviction before a seizure can take place.
Dec 28 2013
This is a few weeks old but very much worth highlighting. The city of Rialto, California has, for the last couple years, been requiring all police officers to wear cameras on their uniform and record every interaction with the public on duty. The results have been exactly what we would expect:
Dec 24 2013
An Alabama man who admitted to raping a teenage girl served five years in prison, then was released to probation and mandatory counseling. But now he says that he’s found Jesus and is all better now, so he shouldn’t have to comply with the terms of his guilty plea.
Dec 20 2013
Kent Hovind may get an early release from prison if a bill in the Senate passes. The bill would allow for earlier release for non-violent offenders who exhibit good behavior in prison, which I’m all for. In fact, I think a lot fewer of them should be sent to prison in the first place.
Dec 20 2013
The ACLU is reporting that many cities in Colorado have joined several other states in putting people in jail if they can’t afford to pay the fines imposed on them as a condition of parole or probation, a perfect way to make sure that they can never move on after paying their debt to society.
Dec 19 2013
The Innocence Project has secured yet another exoneration, this time of a man who served 19 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. The primary basis for that conviction was testimony from an “expert” on bite mark analysis, something my friend Radley Balko has shown to be empty pseudoscience.
Dec 17 2013
Here’s another case where a man was released after decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, but this one comes with an especially repulsive twist: He was beaten by police officers until he confessed to the crime. And he’s hardly alone.
Dec 15 2013
An attorney in Kansas City is accusing a police officer in that city of threatening to kill his pets and destroy his home and his reputation with his neighbors. Why? Because the attorney told him he couldn’t search his house without a warrant. Thinking you have 4th Amendment rights? That’s so 20th century.
Dec 13 2013
Federal Judge Alex Kozinski, the chief judge of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, declared in a dissenting opinion in a case that prosecutorial misconduct — in this case withholding important information from defense attorneys — is an epidemic in this country. Radley Balko has the details.
Dec 12 2013
The Department of Justice and the FBI have indicted 18 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies for what they call a pattern of rampant corruption and abuse of inmates at the nation’s largest municipal jail system, one they says was encouraged by the leaders of that department.
Dec 09 2013
Sharon Hill has an article in the Huffington Post about the many failings and misunderstandings of how our memory operates and the implications for the use of eyewitness testimony in criminal trials. She starts with a fact that is now very well-established in science:
Dec 09 2013
Newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio has named his choice to replace the odious Ray Kelly as commission of the NYPD and it’s Bill Bratton, who already served in that position under Rudy Giuliani. That can’t be a good sign for those of us who care about civil liberties and the Bill of Rights.
Dec 04 2013
The NYPD has to comply with a new set of rules passed by the city council (over the veto of Mayor Bloomberg) to rein in the rampant constitutional abuses that have been going on there for years, so they’ve started telling their officers how to act in accordance with those rules.
Dec 03 2013
While the United States, alleged land of the free, locks up a higher percentage of its citizens than any other nation in the world, most of them poor and minorities, Sweden is shutting down prisons because they don’t have enough people to fill them up.