DOJ Rolls Back Obama Program Aimed at Fixing Police Problems

officers in a police station

  By Christopher Zoukis The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Sept. 15 that, effective immediately, it is making significant changes in a program launched six years ago to investigate and issue reports of problems in some local police agencies. The Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA), part…

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Inmate Work Assignments in Federal Prison

By Christopher Zoukis Inmate employment is a requirement within the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Except for those inmates who have been designated medically unable to work by Health Services or Psychology Services, all federal prisoners must maintain some form of employment throughout their incarceration. While most inmates will work within…

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Federal Appeals Court Says Police Can Lie to Search Homes

Police officer entering a home

By Christopher Zoukis A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit, the Atlanta-based federal appeals court, in U.S. v. Eric Jermaine Spivey et al. upheld a police search defendants had challenged as “shocking,” even if police used deception to obtain the residents’ consent to search their home. Eric Spivey and Chenequa…

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Trump Lifts Obama’s Curbs on Military Equipment for Cops

By Christopher Zoukis President Trump has reversed restrictions his predecessor imposed about two years ago on what surplus military equipment the Department of Defense (DOD) can provide to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies under its 1033 program. The change was first announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions at…

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New Charges Against Inmate-Author: An Attempt to Muzzle Him?

By Kamea Zelisko How about these for credentials for an authority on prison issues: authoring a handbook on prison life, three books on subjects examining ways education can benefit inmates, plus a steady stream of articles in national magazines, newspapers and blogs on a wide range of legal and other…

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