Democrats serving as the top legal officials in Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia and Washington promise to fight any Trump administration efforts to roll back Obama-era regulations or adopt policies they view as infringing upon civil liberties. They also vow to fight changes in consumer protection and climate change policies.
Stock prices for the GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America have surged since Trump’s election. Months after the federal government announced it was ending its use of private prisons, the president-elect’s law-and-order promises have given a new sheen to the financial viability of for-profit incarceration.
San Francisco officials approved a new law enforcement use-of-force policy earlier this year, inspired by a controversial police shooting last December. But the local police union is being accused of hindering its implementation. At a meeting Tuesday, a city supervisor criticized the union’s “outsized influence” and suggested it seeks to “hark back to the 1950s.”
Secret Service salaries are capped at $160,300, so many agents have been forced to work overtime without compensation during the presidential campaign. A law introduced this week would provide back pay. It appears to have backing from both Democrats and Republicans.
A strategy of concentrating on interventions with the small number of high-risk individuals responsible for murderous violence has delivered promising results in many U.S. cities. Early evidence from Honduras suggests it can work in other countries as well.
The GOP presidential candidate says his vague plan to crackdown on crime and terrorism would benefit white Americans and racial minorities alike. But his sketchy ideas have stirred concern among some experts in national security and law enforcement, including Michael Chertoff, former Homeland Security secretary. “Not only is it a waste of time, but you’re offending people who in many ways you want to be your allies,” Chertoff said.
The GOP’s presidential candidate called for racial unity but also suggested that Chicago needs to step up its use of the stop-and-frisk policing strategy, which has been condemned as a form of racial profiling. He also asserted–incorrectly–that Chicago is more violent than Afghanistan.
Not really, suggests the president of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys. She warns that if the Obama Administration’s recent call for the abolition of fixed bail schedules were adopted, the consequences for California’s justice system would be significant.
The billionaire financier has channeled more than $3 million into seven local district attorney campaigns in six states over the past year — a sum that exceeds the total spent on the 2016 presidential campaign by all but a handful of rival super-donors. His money has supported African-American and Hispanic candidates for these powerful local roles.