Report examines pretrial detention in New York City

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“As counties and cities around the country look for ways to reduce the levels of pretrial detention, a new report from the Misdemeanor Justice Project (MJP) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice examines trends in custody status including bail amount set, length of stay, and discharge status for individuals admitted to the New York City Department of Correction (DOC) from 2000 to 2015. According to the study, the average pretrial length of stay increased significantly over a fifteen year period, 2000 to 2015, even as the admissions for pretrial detention decreased by almost half.” Continue reading this here….

 

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A body cam captured a cop’s violent encounter with a teen — but a new law keeps the video secret

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“Meanwhile, an unbiased account — body camera footage from several officers who were at the scene of the encounter — is sitting on a server in the cloud, where almost no one can see it. Standing in the way of clarity and transparency, critics say, is a new North Carolina law that makes it more difficult than ever to view recordings of controversial interactions between police and members of the public.” Continue reading this article here….

 

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Behind Kevin Durant’s Jersey Number, a Cold-Blooded Murder

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“It was a soaking and memorable rain that night, and the blood that spilled from the bullet holes of a 35-year-old named Charles Craig, a big man left crumpled on the wet pavement, washed down a grate in the low spot of the strip-mall parking lot… [T]he strange and sad story of how Charles Craig died, which is why Kevin Durant wears No. 35, is left mostly to the fading memories of a few witnesses and the hundreds of pages of court documents from the four-day murder trial.” Continue reading here….

Nebraska law enforcement report shows racial disparity in traffic stops

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Nebraska law enforcement agencies continued to report racial disparities in traffic stops in 2016. In Douglas County, for example, black drivers accounted for 28.5 percent of traffic stops by all local agencies, though blacks represent 11 percent of the county’s population. Meanwhile, whites accounted for 56 percent of Douglas County stops and 71 percent of the population. Similar disparities have shown up for years. The latest data from the annual report, provided by law enforcement agencies to the Nebraska Crime Commission as required by law, break down traffic stops by race, reason for the stop, outcome and whether officers conducted searches.” Read more on this here.

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Another survey of police shootings finds wide racial disparities

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“The Tampa Bay Times has just published a survey of Florida police shootings between 2009 and 2014. What the newspaper found is striking – although if you’ve seen similar studies from other states, it also isn’t terribly surprising. First, though whites outnumber blacks in Florida by about 3-to-1, the paper found that cops shot more black people than white people. Police groups and their supporters will of course say that this is because blacks commit more crimes, are more likely to confront police, and that police are more likely to find themselves in black neighborhoods. But the next set of numbers are more difficult to explain away.” Read more here.

 

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