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Today remnants of Jim Crow show up in legal proceedings, arrests and the crime rate in the South - including here in Memphis. William Golden is 23-years-old and caught in the grip of the criminal justice system. He was arrested for a burglary just after his eighteenth birthday and spent three months in jail.
Top Massachusetts prosecutors signaled Tuesday they will not oppose sweeping legislation that aims to reduce the number of people ensnared in the criminal justice system and keep young offenders out of court. The statement from the president of the Massachusetts District Attorney Association comes ...

Dani Jardine A memorial plaque of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriquez is displayed on the corner of Calle Internacional (International Street) in Nogales, Mexico, where Rodriguez was allegedly shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in 2012. (Dani Jardine). Editor's note: Immigration has been a ...
Keynote speaker Judge Donald R. Johnson, a civil court judge in the 19th Judicial District Court, speaks at the 15th annual Veterans Day Ceremony organized by the Odell S. Williams Now And Then African-American History Museum, at Port Hudson National Cemetery, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. East ... Baton Rouge
The city's five primary public defender organizations have teamed up to put pressure on the state legislature to pass meaningful criminal justice reforms after the measures were left out of the state budget. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and ... public defenders
A 31-year-old man who was shot by police as he threatened them and a family with an assault rifle during a crime spree has been sentenced to 45 years in prison. On Friday, Arapahoe District Judge Kurt Horton sentenced Keith Alfonzo Roberts, 31, for a long list of violent offenses including ... jury police shooting

Former Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont says in a jail interview with two German members of parliament that he is "not a criminal" and that the campaign for the Spanish region's independence is based on democracy and nonviolence. Puigdemont said in an audio recording of the visit that ...
Former Catalan Leader Says From Jail: 'We Are Not Criminals'. Former Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont says in a jailhouse interview with two German members of parliament that he is "not a criminal" and that the ... Puigdemont said in an audio recording of the visit that "we are not criminals.
Included in the 121-page bill are provisions that would eliminate some mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenses, while increasing penalties for trafficking in the deadly synthetic opioids fentanyl and carfentanil. The legislation would also, for the first ever, allow certain criminal records for ...
On March 14, Gov. Matt Mead signed HB-42, creating a graduated system of penalties for parole and probation violators. The bill is a pared-down version of a measure that fell short last year, and the result of years of interim work by lawmakers and others seeking to reform the state's criminal justice system.
Rob Portman of Ohio, introduced a resolution last year to make April 2017 "Second Chance Month" to honor efforts to help those with criminal records become productive members of society. The Senate passed the resolution in April of last year. A similar resolution was introduced by Democratic Rep.
Courtesy photo; Siwatu-Salama Ra and her daughter pictured on vacation. Ra is now pregnant with her second child and imprisoned for a mandatory minimum sentence on gun-related charges. Her defense says she was acting in self defense. Siwatu-Salama Ra is the kind of young Detroiter who inspires ...
A preliminary docket for Columbia County Circuit Court Criminal Division has been released by the office of Circuit Judge David W. Talley Jr. These defendants may or may not be required to appear in court at this time, depending on various circumstances. Court will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday in the ...
The original penalty included 57 people with past criminal or motor vehicle offenses, including 12 drivers with felony convictions, 17 with major moving violations and 63 with driver's license issues, among others. PUC spokesman Terry Bote confirmed that about half the counts were dropped after ...
Should criminal history follow Alaskans forever, or should former inmates be given a clean slate after a period of good behavior? That's a conversation happening now among members of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC). An action item on Governor Bill Walker's Public Safety Action Plan ...
The Trump administration's first year of immigration policy has relied on claims that immigrants bring crime into America. President Trump's latest target is sanctuary cities. “Every day, sanctuary cities release illegal immigrants, drug dealers, traffickers, gang members back into our communities,” he said last ...
OTTAWA, March 29, 2018 /CNW/ - Canadians deserve to have a well-functioning criminal justice system that protects the vulnerable, meets the needs of victims, and keeps our communities safe. Delays in the criminal justice system impact everyone affected by crime – victims, families, communities, as well ...

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a Wednesday statement that 99 people had criminal records and the rest had faced other offenses including immigration violations. ... A Haitian man was arrested in Tampa and had several criminal convictions including burglary, prostitution and rape.
The fatal shooting in early February of a man found in an apartment just north of California State University, Stanislaus, has been determined accidental, the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office reported Thursday. Earlier in the week, police said nothing indicated the shooting was criminal in nature, but they ...
The investigation, initiated in 2016, uncovered how the criminals used the stolen online banking credentials to surreptitiously transfer money from the victims' accounts into accounts under their control, and from there withdrew the money from ATMs in Romania with credit/debit cards linked to the criminal ...
A notorious Russian criminal boss has been sentenced to almost a decade in prison on charges of extortion after a deadly shootout outside a Moscow restaurant in 2015. Zakhar Kalashov, also known as “Young Shakro,” was arrested in June 2016 on charges of extorting money from the owner of a Moscow ...
The row over the John Worboys' parole fiasco has intensified after officials admitted 63 violent criminals - including murderers and rapists - were similarly cleared for release last year from high-security jails straight on to Britain's streets. Ministers were last night seeking assurances that the freed prisoners ...
The discussion was part of “Changing the Conversation to Change Criminal Justice,” a conference sponsored by the School's Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising, the Fair Punishment Project, and the Players Coalition, a nonprofit co-founded by Boldin and Jenkins in the wake of Colin ...
The software instructed ATMs to spew cash at will, which mules then picked up and transferred into criminal accounts, and later into crypto wallets. In the end, hackers stole over €1 billion ($1.2 billion). The international law enforcement agency Europol recently apprehended four members, including a key ...
While Florida has been in the media spotlight for retrograde gun policies, lawmakers just moved toward enlightenment in the shadowy annals of the criminal-justice system, by passing landmark legislation that could dramatically expand public access to court and incarceration data in the state with the third ...
Whether it's slashing sentences or reducing the population behind bars, criminal justice reform is now supported by a broad swath of political leaders — left, center and right. But for the most part, the reformers and their rhetoric focus on people accused or convicted of non-violent offenses. It makes sense to ...
Greitens is expected to ask a judge to move up his criminal trial to April 3, more than a month earlier than scheduled. Attorneys for the Republican governor at a hearing Monday, March, 19, 2018 also asked for a bench trial. The circuit attorney's office opposes both notions. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File).
“Clearly race, party and place of residence are driving forces in shaping the voters' views on bias in the criminal justice system,” said John Jackson, a visiting professor at the institute and one of the directors of the poll. “It is obvious that many Illinois voters live in two different worlds when it comes to matters ...
The report's recommendations include coming up with ways to effectively track cases as they go through the criminal justice system and changing laws to rule out time in jail for certain crimes. This evaluation of the indigent defender system in Mississippi was conducted by the Sixth Amendment Center of ...
During his encounter with young people, Pope Francis heard some of their stories and spoke very clearly with them. Like when this Nigerian girl told him she was a human trafficking victim and was later forced into prostitution. The pope said treating people that way is criminal and reveals a serious ...
PARK CITY, Utah – Authorities from multiple states are seeking information on an “extremely intelligent” serial robbery suspect who has ties to Utah. According to the Tustin, California police department, Daniel David Courson, 45, robbed banks in California, befriended and robbed a sick wealthy individual, ...
The leader of the Europol team tracking illicit cryptocurrency transactions said the agency has found more and more people are using alternatives to bitcoin on the dark web. “We have seen in 2017 and 2018 a move of some criminals and criminal groups over from bitcoin to currencies that guarantee higher ...
An expansive facial recognition network in the southwestern Chinese city of Guiyang have reportedly enabled police to detect and apprehend criminals in as little as two minutes. The surveillance cameras are set up in more than 10,000 public places across the city, which is larger than the state of Delaware ...
"We are increasingly alarmed by the injustice in our criminal justice system," Jay-Z said in a statement. "Money, time and lives are wasted with the current policies. It's time for an innovative and progressive technology that offers sustainable solutions to tough problems. Promise's team, led by Phaedra, ...
John Kennedy and Attorney General Jeff Landry's recent column in The Advocate, I thought it was appropriate to correct the many inaccuracies regarding the historic and bipartisan criminal justice reform package that was passed during the 2017 legislative session. First, the senator and attorney general ...
(SHREVEPORT, LA) - People in Shreveport with criminal records got a chance to meet with lawyers today for free. Clean Jacket Day was hosted at ... "When you get a criminal record, it closes some doors on some opportunities that you get, you know, with things you want to do. With this you know, you can ...
... cybersecurity or these figures will continue to increase over time.” While cryptocurrencies have become more popular within the cybercrime industry, it remains unclear whether the impact of digital currencies is large enough to attract the attention of regulators, given that the majority of criminal operations ...
A wanted man slipped through some very wide cracks in Yakima County's criminal justice system — and then went on to commit a heinous murder. County officials have recognized those cracks — some officials more readily than others — and it falls on them to make the repairs that assure this tragic ...
POTTSVILLE — Twenty-seven people received a second chance Thursday from the Schuylkill County criminal justice system, as they entered a special program that will enable them to emerge from their experience with a clean record. The Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program allows first-time ...
Instead, we have a government that appears weak, indifferent or tolerant to sundry forms of day-to-day violence and it responds with flowers – a gift for all criminals. In a recent article in Kathimerini, former public order minister Michalis Chrysochoidis warned that crime and violence in Greece have been ...
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Two people are lucky they weren't seriously injured when a car thief got behind of the wheel of a U-Haul truck while the workers were still inside the back. Colorado Springs police say a pair of employees were unloading food from the truck in the back while it was ...
“My concern is we are giving a cost of living raise to criminals. We believe what we need to be doing is helping people not to steal,” said Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach. “I support reform and giving people second chances, but let's go ahead and draw the line and say stealing is wrong.” Brandes ...
Having read so many articles on weapons of mass destruction and opinions of many individuals, including citizens and government officials -- what a joke. Our system is controlled by lawyers who will never change the laws to protect citizens because it would stop their cash cows. The main problem is our ...
(CNN) Nestled into the stunning Arctic landscape with panoramic views of sparkling fjords and snowy mountains, Ny Anstalt could easily be mistaken for a luxury ski lodge. But this stylish complex in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, is actually a prison. As any onlooker can deduce, when it opens in 2019 it ...
“It was clear from this research and from other sources that Bitcoin's moment in the criminal sunshine may be declining in favor of other types of VC,” officials at virtualization-based security firm Bromium wrote in a recent news briefing on cryptocurrency usage. “One reason why criminals avoid Bitcoin relates ...
The Charles Koch Institute, which aims to promote “free and open society” through libertarian policy and education programs, has launched a new initiative for criminal-justice reform that seems benevolent enough, investing private funds in “second chance” programs to expand opportunities for the formerly ...
An analysis by the New York Law Journal in January found that in 2017, the Court of Appeals granted the fewest number of criminal appeals in a decade-and-a-half. The decrease in the number of criminal appeals by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore is a departure from the tenure of her predecessor Jonathan ...
Joseph Percoco, right, a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, reacts while talking to reporters outside U.S. District court, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in New York. Percoco was convicted on corruption charges Tuesday at a trial that further exposed the state capital's culture of backroom ...
In a phone call from a state prison in Chester, Philadelphia rap star Meek Mill said he can be a catalyst for criminal justice changes across Pennsylvania. “I think it's about time Pennsylvania had some light shined on the system,” Mill, 30, told an audience gathered Tuesday at the University of Pennsylvania.
Currently they can go before a children's hearing from the age of eight and have these judgements added to their criminal record. MSPs have previously said it was a "national embarrassment" eight-year-olds could be treated as criminals. The change will raise that to 12, the age at which children can be ...


 

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