William Barr Gets Attorney General Nomination

Trump Picks William Barr as Next Attorney General: (“President Trump on Friday said he would nominate former Attorney General William Barr to once again helm the Justice Department. * * * The selection of Barr, who served as the nation’s top law enforcement official under President George H.W. Bush, could have implications for special counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russia investigation. Barr has recently criticized parts of the probe and defended Trump’s decision to fire James Comey as FBI director.”)

The Special Counsel’s Team

Robert Mueller and His Prosecutors: Who They Are and What They’ve Done: (“Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has marshaled prosecutors, F.B.I. agents and other lawyers to investigate Russia’s 2016 election interference and whether any Trump associates conspired. The team has secured indictments against dozens of people and three companies, one trial conviction and a handful of guilty pleas in the highest-profile political inquiry in a generation. This week alone, Mr. Mueller and his prosecutors accused Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, of breaching his plea deal, and secured a guilty plea from Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyer.”)

How the Federal Bureau of Prisons Treats Female Correctional Officers

Hazing, Humiliation, Terror: Working While Female in Federal Prison: (“Makeup, earrings and perfume are off limits. So are smiles. * * * Even the swing of a ponytail can attract unwanted attention, so women slick their hair back into a style known as the ‘bureau bun’—as in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. * * * They wear oversized uniforms to hide the faint outlines of their undergarments, or cover themselves from neck to thigh with baggy black windbreakers known as ‘trash bags,’ even on hot summer days on the concrete yards. * * * For women who work in federal prisons, where they are vastly outnumbered by male colleagues and male inmates, concealing every trace of their femininity is both necessary and, ultimately, futile. ‘They never even see what you are wearing,’ said Octavia Brown, a supervisor in Victorville, Calif., of the inmates she oversees. ‘They see straight through it.'”

Prison Reform Bill: Good Initial Step or Cop Out?

Just How Much of an Overhaul is This Overhaul of the Nation’s Criminal Justice System? (“Some of those seeking to overhaul the nation’s criminal justice system want to cut the prison population by more than a million inmates. An agreement in Washington this week, hailed as a landmark bipartisan moment, falls well short of that: about 7,000 people might get out early.”)

Divided Senate Confirms Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court

Senate Confirms Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Nomination: (“The Senate voted to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as the Supreme Court’s 114th justice on Saturday by one of the narrowest margins in the institution’s history, as police stood guard and protesters’ shouts of ‘shame, shame’ echoed through the Senate chamber. * * * The 50-to-48 vote capped off a brutal confirmation fight that underscored how deeply polarized the nation has become under President Trump, who has now successfully placed two justices on the nation’s highest court, cementing a conservative majority.”)