DOJ Rolls Back Obama Program Aimed at Fixing Police Problems

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  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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Court Ordered to Clarify Conditions of Release for Sex Offender

By Christopher Zoukis The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has ordered a lower court to clarify several conditions imposed upon a sex offender as part of his supervised release following a term of imprisonment. Fernando DaSilva pleaded guilty to violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification…

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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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Media Companies Denied Damages and Fees in Public Records Litigation

By Christopher Zoukis Five media companies, including The Associated Press, were denied statutory damages and attorney’s fees in an unsuccessful public records request filed in Cincinnati, Ohio. The suit, filed over a body-camera video from a police shooting, was denied by the trial court. The Ohio Supreme Court affirmed the…

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