Criminal Justice

FL corrections officials say no injuries to inmates, staff after storm passed; prison reform activists critical

BY: - September 29, 2022

The Florida Department of Corrections reported Thursday that there were no reported injuries to inmates or on-duty staff at various prison facilities throughout the state after Ian made landfall. But prison reform activists remain critical, saying the department didn’t evacuate inmates at Charlotte Correctional Institution, at a time when Charlotte County was considered a target […]

Lawsuit alleges Baker County detention center denied lawyers access to immigration detainees

BY: - September 26, 2022

The ACLU of Florida, which has been accusing the Baker County Sheriff’s Office of “egregious” conditions for immigrants being held at the county detention center, filed a lawsuit Monday alleging officials there have blocked lawyers from accessing their clients within the facility. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Jacksonville, names the sheriff’s office, Sheriff […]

Affidavits: More pregnant minors who were raped denied Ohio abortions

BY: - September 23, 2022

At least two more minors made pregnant by sexual assault were forced to leave Ohio to avoid having their rapists’ babies, according to sworn affidavits filed by abortion providers. The affidavits were filed in Cincinnati as part of a lawsuit aimed at stopping enforcement of Ohio’s strict new abortion law, which it temporarily did last […]

U.S. House passes bill reforming Electoral Count Act to stop Jan. 6 repeat

BY: - September 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed on Wednesday a bill updating a 19th-century law in an attempt to prevent the subversion of future presidential elections. The Presidential Election Reform Act, which passed 229-203, is meant to deter a repeat of the insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, in which the U.S. Capitol was attacked by a mob of […]

U.S. government failed to properly count deaths of people in prisons and jails, Senate report says

BY: - September 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice did not properly count nearly 1,000 deaths of incarcerated people in jails and prisons, according to a bipartisan report released Tuesday by a U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee. The 10-month investigation by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff, found that DOJ failed […]

U.S. judge skeptical of elected prosecutor’s suspension by DeSantis but declines to reinstate now

BY: - September 19, 2022

A federal judge refused on Monday to reinstate Andrew Warren as state’s attorney for Hillsborough County, saying he first wants to fast-track a trial to better establish the motivation behind Gov. Ron DeSantis’ suspension of the elected prosecutor. That sets up the prospect that the governor could be called to the stand to explain himself […]

U.S. Senate Republicans pan Democrats on crime, say they’ll introduce their own bill

BY: - September 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — A small group of U.S. Senate Republicans are seeking to draw attention to U.S. crime rates, saying they plan to introduce a bill that would direct more resources to state and local police departments as well as require the Government Accountability Office to study the amount of time it takes crime labs to […]

ACLU, civil rights groups, allege abuses against immigrant detainees in North Florida jail

BY: - September 13, 2022

A coalition of civil-rights groups that includes the ACLU of Florida have filed an administrative complaint alleging a pattern of “horrific” mistreatment of immigration detainees being held at the Baker County Detention Center in North Florida. The 22-page complaint, addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and related government departments including Immigration and Customs Enforcement […]

‘Love’ for Gov. DeSantis but no questions from the press during ‘press’ conference

BY: - September 12, 2022

Talk about a friendly audience — Gov. Ron DeSantis opened the floor for questions at the end of a Jacksonville news conference Monday and left after allowing a single person in the crowd to shout what sounded like, “We love you.” “Oh, I love you, too,” the governor responded. He then said, “God bless, everybody.” […]

Confronting history, Congress studies addition of lynching sites to national park system

BY: - September 11, 2022

The U.S. House is considering a bill that would put lynching sites in western Tennessee on track to become part of the National Park Service, part of a trend this year of Congress using the agency to advance discussions of the nation’s troubled and often violent racial history. A bill from U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, Tennessee Democrat, […]

COMMENTARY

Fulton County District Attorney builds 2020 election conspiracy story from bottom to top

BY: - September 9, 2022

I don’t think Georgia is prepared for what’s coming its way. I don’t know how it could be, not with the most important and controversial trial in American history looming in its not-too-distant future. Now, maybe that trial will never happen. After months of investigative work into an alleged criminal conspiracy to interfere with and […]

U.S. Justice Department to appeal Trump special master order

BY: - September 8, 2022

The U.S. Justice Department will appeal a Florida federal judge’s ruling this week appointing an independent arbiter to review thousands of sensitive materials the FBI seized from former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach residence, the department notified the court Thursday. Government prosecutors are also asking U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon not to force them […]