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Wrongful Conviction Isn’t Extraordinary in Connecticut. It’s Normalnew

How much do we really know about our prisons — about the history of incarceration and its role in a free society? When we talk about the criminal justice system, what kind of justice do we mean?
New Haven Advocate  |  Caleb Smith  |  03-23-2010  |  Crime & Justice

Spotty Detective Work and Careless Prosecution May Have Put the Wrong Men Behind Barsnew

Last February, a jury found Tyler Gassman and two friends guilty of robbing drug dealers in April 2008 — despite the men’s insistent pleas that they were innocent. Their conviction was the final stroke in a long and, at times, bizarre case.
The Inlander  |  Jacob H. Fries  |  02-18-2010  |  Crime & Justice

Sheriff's Detention Officers Unnecessarily Terrorized a Psychotic Inmatenew

Eric Vogel was a seriously mentally ill Phoenix man who died (of a heart attack, officially) in December 2001, a week after a violent incident with the jailers at the now-closed Madison Street Jail. The civil case was filed by Vogel's survivors.
Phoenix New Times  |  Paul Rubin  |  02-16-2010  |  Civil Liberties

Strip Searches at Maricopa County Jails Are Under Firenew

The United States Supreme Court has never officially weighed in on whether it's permissible to strip-search arrestees charged with minor crimes, like Michelle Miguel. But plenty of lower courts have — and they agree that the practice is unconstitutional.
Phoenix New Times  |  Sarah Fenske  |  01-12-2010  |  Crime & Justice

Vancouver Police Move Toward Installing Video Surveillance in Jailnew

After initially resisting the plan, the Vancouver Police Department is moving ahead with the installation of a video surveillance system in its jail.
The Georgia Straight  |  Carlito Pablo  |  12-07-2009  |  Crime & Justice

As Virginia Jail Inmates Prepare for Release, Challenges Aboundnew

Of the roughly 4,800 men who are inmates each year at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail, 72 go through the eight-week Re-entry program. Who gets tapped is mainly a matter of scheduling, but once on the list, they're given a choice: Take the eight-week course, or lose as much as six months time off they've earned for good behavior.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Erika Howsare  |  09-02-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Jails Lose National Accreditationnew

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jail accreditation was terminated last month -- even as he awaited a federal court ruling that could take his jails out of his control.
Phoenix New Times  |  John Dickerson  |  10-15-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Hart v. Arpaio Civil Rights Class-Action Suit Awaits Verdictnew

Of the more than 2,500 jail-related lawsuits filed against Arpaio, Hart v. Arpaio may be the most crucial because it addresses the civil rights of all inmates awaiting trial. It has the potential to affect conditions in Arpaio's jail.
Phoenix New Times  |  John Dickerson  |  09-16-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Private Jailer CCA Faces Heightened Scrutiny After a Year of Heinous Controversiesnew

Since its inception in 1983, CCA has become accustomed to criticism, but it is now mired in a series of scandals, embarrassments and public-relations catastrophes that may tar its reputation for years to come.
Nashville Scene  |  Matt Pulle  |  06-20-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Another Dubious Death at a Downtown Seattle Jailnew

Details of the incident, based on public records and interviews, fit into a three-year pattern of preventable deaths at the King County Jail.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  06-02-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Cell-block Beatdownnew

Inmates claim sadistic beatings have been commonplace in Boston’s jails -- can civil lawsuits make things right?
Boston Phoenix  |  David S. Bernstein  |  11-10-2005  |  Crime & Justice

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