Feb 04

Why Police Lie Under Oath

By Michelle Alexander
New York Times
February 2, 2013

THOUSANDS of people plead guilty to crimes every year in the United States because they know that the odds of a jury’s believing their word over a police officer’s are slim to none. As a juror, whom are you likely to believe: the alleged criminal in an orange jumpsuit or two well-groomed police officers in uniforms who just swore to God they’re telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but? As one of my colleagues recently put it, “Everyone knows you have to be crazy to accuse the police of lying.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/opinion/sunday/why-police-officers-lie-under-oath.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&pagewanted=all

Feb 04

Eldridge files solitary confinement bill

Staff Reports
Hudson Sun
February 2, 2013

A bill filed by MetroWest Sen. Jamie Eldridge to reform solitary confinement in Massachusetts prisons last Wednesday gained the praise of a prisoners legal advocacy group.

The bill, filed by Eldridge, D-Acton, who represents Hudson, and Rep. Elizabeth Malia, D-Boston, would shorten the amount of time prisoners are held in solitary confinement and give them more chances to contest being placed in solitary confinement.

Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/hudson/newsnow/x846052032/Eldridge-files-solitary-confinement-bill

Jan 30

Legislators Propose Overhaul To State Sex Offender Registry

By Bob Oakes
January 23, 2013

BOSTON — A month after the arrest of a Wakefield man on more than 100 charges of molesting young children, some state lawmakers from that area are calling for an overhaul of the system that lets the public know about the presence of convicted sex offenders in their neighborhoods.

Listen here: http://www.wbur.org/2013/01/23/mass-sex-offender-registry-overhaul

Jan 30

Stop Solitary – Advocacy Campaign Tools


The ACLU, together with our state-based affiliates, scholars, activists, mental health experts, and faith-based organizations around the country, is engaged in a campaign to challenge the use of long-term solitary confinement – in the courts, in the legislatures, in reforms of correctional practice, and in the battle for public opinion. The goal of the Stop Solitary campaign is to limit and abolish the use of long-term solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, jails and juvenile detention centers.

Read more: http://www.aclu.org/prisoners-rights/stop-solitary-advocacy-campaign-tools

Jan 30

Capital Punishment: An Introduction To U.S. Prison Spending

By Matt Stroud
January 29, 2013

When the State of Ohio sold a medium-security prison to Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America last year, CCA assured state officials that the facility’s 1,543 prisoners would be treated no differently than they were under the state’s control. In time, CCA insisted, the state would save millions by outsourcing incarceration to a private firm.

But late last month those assurances began to sound hollow.

Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/mattstroud/2013/01/29/capital-punishment-an-introduction-to-u-s-prison-spending/

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