LA County considers end to solitary confinement for juveniles

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by Christian Brown | May 03, 2016 The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will decide today whether or not it should permanently ban solitary confinement for minors at county juvenile halls and camps. The step comes five months after President Barack Obama issued a similar mandate – banning federal prisons from putting young […]

How I Break Prison Rules to Keep in Touch with My Family

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By Anonymous | April 29, 2016 From the column ‘Life Inside’ Life Inside is an ongoing collaboration between the Marshall Project and VICE that offers first-person perspectives from those who live and work in the criminal justice system. The hardest thing about prison is being alone. It’s very difficult for me to stay in […]

EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn gang member held without bail on drug charges as Instagram photos suggest murder plot

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BY John Marzulli | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, April 29, 2016, 4:00 AM A reputed Brooklyn gang member was held without bail on drug charges after federal prosecutors produced chilling photos from his Instagram account suggesting he was preparing to avenge the murder of his best friend. Nigel (Freaky) Sandy was seeking release on […]

Authorities: 120 Arrested In Bronx Gang Takedown; Believed To Be Largest In NYC History

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CBS Local News | New York April 27, 2016 NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — More than a hundred suspects have been arrested in the Bronx in what is believed to be the largest gang takedown in New York City history, according to authorities. Charges are set to be announced Wednesday against 120 alleged members and associates […]

Assistant sheriff credited with curtailing the worst abuses in L.A. County jails is leaving

Cindy Chang | April 26, 2016 The enormousness of the task facing Terri McDonald was clear. A veteran of the state prisons, she had been brought in to turn around a Los Angeles County jail system reeling from allegations of mismanagement and abuse. Inmates were complaining of rampant brutality by guards. An FBI investigation […]

A Cop Convicted of Killing an Unarmed Black Man Isn’t Going to Prison

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By John Surico | April 20, 2016 Inside the overflow section at Brooklyn Criminal Court on Tuesday, a rapt audience watched the live broadcast of the courtroom next door and waited, anxiously, for the news. When Judge Danny Chun read it aloud, one woman shrieked, tears streaming from her face. “This is making me […]

NYPD, FBI bust gang-related drug ring during raid of East Harlem housing projects, arrest 30 including Broad Day Shooters gang leader

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BY Ryan Sit, Thomas Tracy | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 11:03 AM About 30 people were arrested early Tuesday as NYPD officers and federal agents descended upon three East Harlem housing projects during a massive gang and drug takedown, officials said. Dressed in olive drab fatigues, body armor and sporting assault […]

LAPD Chief Beck denies unfairly treating captain who sued city

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By Bill Hetherman, City News Service | Posted: 04/18/16, 2:24 PM PDT | Updated: 1 day ago LOS ANGELES — Chief Charlie Beck denied today that a Los Angeles police captain was treated unfairly because it took five years to promote him within his rank. Beck also said the man’s lawsuit against the city […]

Mississippi Jails Are Losing Inmates, And Local Officials Are ‘Devastated’ By The Loss Of Revenue

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Ryan Grim | Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post 04/14/2016 08:01 pm ET County officials across Mississippi are warning of job losses and deep deficits as local jails are being deprived of the state inmates needed to keep them afloat. The culprit, say local officials, is state government and private prisons, which are looking […]

Two men wounded in gang shooting at Watts housing project

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Posted by Debbie L. Sklar | April 13, 2016 in Crime Two young men were shot and seriously wounded in a gang- related shooting inside the Nickerson Gardens Housing Project in Watts, a Los Angeles police sergeant said Wednesday The shootings took place about 11:40 p.m. at 1517 E. 114th St., said LAPD Sgt. […]

Two men plead not guilty in Montecito Heights killings of two teens

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Joseph Serna | April 12, 2016 Two alleged gang members pleaded not guilty Tuesday to killing a 19-year-old woman and her teenage friend whose bodies were found in a Montecito Heights park last year. Jose Antonio Echeverria, 18, and Dallas Stone Pineda, 17, who is being prosecuted as an adult, are charged with two […]

Bill to shed light on California’s gang database moves forward

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By Ali Winston / April 12, 2016 Legislation that would open California’s gang database to more public scrutiny advanced in the state Assembly today, despite significant opposition from law enforcement. The bill – AB 2298 by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego – aims to provide adults with the right to be notified – and […]