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Alaska Police Department Run by Former Convicts

by Kevin Bliss

Stebbins, Alaska, maintains a seven-man police force in 2019 led by Police Chief Sebastian Mike. Every member of the force has been convicted of a crime. Convictions range from trespassing to domestic assault, with the chief a registered sex offender for a conviction of sexual abuse on ...

U.S. Supreme Court ‘Death Caucus’ Setting Death Penalty Litigation Tone

by Kevin Bliss

The conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court has been taking a hard stance against last-minute filings, effectively intimidating already-scarce death penalty attorneys. This could lead state and federal judges to give “short shrift” to death penalty appeals, The Atlantic reports.

The Court has made multiple rulings ...

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 ...

Suits Demand Cops be Held Accountable for Thousands of Rape Test Kits Sitting Untested

by Kevin Bliss

More and more women across the nation are filing suit against law enforcement for the backlog of untested rape kits they carry, claiming this is a violation of the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution and discriminates against women.

Heather Marlowe's rape test kit sat in storage ...

$2.4 Million Paid by Sacramento in Wrongful Death Suit of Stephon Clark

by Kevin Bliss

Two Sacramento, California, police officers, Terrance Mercadal and Jared Robinet, fatally shot Stephon Clark on March 18, 2018, amid accusations of racial profiling and excessive use of force.

The District Attorney (“DA”) stated that the force used was lawful and that no charges would be filed against ...

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,” ...




 

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