On Rikers Island, young inmates sit for hours with feet shackled to their desks in a cell block for the jail’s most violent detainees. It is considered a humane alternative to solitary confinement.
The Texas GOP seems hellbent on passing a controversial law that would prompt gender-policing in bathrooms. Many of that state’s top cops, including Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, tried in vain to talk them out of it.
Modern policing has become mired in community distrust and overwhelmed by technology. A back-to-basics idea called National Coffee with a Cop Day might help break through the barriers, says a former chief.
Ronald Phillips, 43, was put to death Wednesday morning in the first execution in Ohio in more than three years. He was 19 when he raped and beat to death the 3-year-old daughter of his girlfriend in Akron.
In a growing menace, scammers try to extort money after phoning parents or other kin and falsely convincing them that a loved one is being held hostage. They sometimes research potential victims on social media.