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Costly Electronic Monitoring Programs Replacing Ineffective Jail Bond Systems

by Kevin Bliss

America’s troubled bail systems that discriminate against the poor and are proven to be a costly and ineffective means of managing pretrial detainees are being replaced with one just as prejudicial but more burdensome. Cities and counties are now utilizing electronic monitoring to keep track of those ...

Faulty Science Still Admissible Evidence in Many States

by Kevin Bliss

More than 40 percent of wrongful convictions are based on faulty forensic science, according to the Innocence Project, which works to help exonerate prisoners it believes have been wrongfully convicted. The nonprofit has been responsible for the exoneration of over 160 people convicted by flawed forensic science ...

Is Data Mining an Invasion of Privacy?

by Kevin Bliss

The Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (“NCRIC”) contracted with surveillance and data mining giant Planatir, cofounded by billionaire and PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel, for services in synthesizing information gathered from databases in hospitals, banks, police departments, and other locations into a comprehensive, understandable format for instant use ...

Businesses Are Focusing More and More on Aiding Offenders Reentering Society

by Kevin Bliss

Former Brick, New Jersey, attorney John Koufos lost his job as a high-profile prosecutor when he seriously injured someone in a car accident while driving drunk. He was sentenced to six years in jail.

After an early release, Koufos earned his way to executive director of the ...

St. Louis Ordered to Stop Holding Detainees Simply Because They Can’t Afford Bail

by Kevin Bliss

In response to a lawsuit, District Court Judge Audrey Fleissig of the Eastern District of Missouri ruled in favor of four detainees in St. Louis’ City Workhouse, forbidding St. Louis’ “jail system from detaining people for weeks on the sole basis of an inability to afford bail ...

Houston Police Cover up Crime Scene With Poor Investigation Techniques

by Kevin Bliss

The Houston Police Department (“HPD”) is being accused of sloppy investigations surrounding the details of a warrant executed in January 2019, which resulted in the deaths of homeowners Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas in a botched no-knock drug raid. In addition, four officers were shot, and one ...

Parole a Detriment to Rehabilitation; ‘Less Is More’ Reform Sensible

by Kevin Bliss

Prison reform advocates contend that parole does more to perpetuate recidivism than it does to monitor positive rehabilitation into society. Columbia University’s Justice Lab prepared a report in 2017 that stated that New York City’s jail population had more people being held for parole violations than the ...

Oakland Police Department, of Officer-Involved Shooting, ‘Disappointing and Myopic’


by Kevin Bliss

The Oakland Police Department (“OPD”) has been under federal order to complete a comprehensive reform program since 2003 because of repeated allegations of excessive use of force.

Retired New York Police Chief Robert Warshaw, who owns a consent decree oversight firm and has been appointed independent monitor ...

Groups Challenge Face Recognition Algorithm in Florida Case

by Kevin Bliss

The ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Georgetown Center on Privacy and Technology, and the Innocence Project have teamed up to battle the Florida court system over the constitutional right to confront a defendant’s accuser when that accuser is a computer algorithm. 

Willie Lynch, a black ...

Florida Judge Rejects ‘Slap on the Wrist’ Sentencing

by Kevin Bliss

 Former police officers Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez were sentenced on October 17, 2018, to the federal maximum of one year in prison for falsifying arrest affidavits.

Dayoub expected only eight months of home confinement and Fernandez, one year of probation, after their cooperation assisted in securing ...




 

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