More than 500 women and teenagers will be bailed out from New York City’s Rikers Island jail as part of a national campaign to dismantle a bail system that activists say discriminates against minorities and the poor. The effort is being spearheaded by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group, which plans to raise $5 million to fund the releases.
Shane Bauer of Mother Jones turned his reporting on a private prison into a book, “American Prison.” NPR calls it “both the remarkable story of a journalist who spent four months working as a corrections officer, and a horrifying exposé of how prisoners were treated by a corporation that profited from them.”
Measure 105 would overturn Oregon’s decades-old prohibition on using state or local law enforcement resources for “detecting or apprehending” people guilty only of federal immigration violations. It would remove this protection for the undocumented at a time when President Trump has made opposition to immigration central to his agenda.
Disgraced former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge, who was convicted of lying about torturing suspects, died in Florida on Wednesday. Burge was accused of leading a crew of rogue detectives who abused more than 100 African-American men.
Cody Wilson, a Texas man who got national attention for his push to make blueprints for 3-D-printed guns publicly available on the internet, has been charged with sexually assaulting an underage girl. Authorities are trying to bring him back from Taiwan.
Christine Blasey Ford told Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley she wants the FBI to investigate her claims of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The request raises doubts about whether she and Kavanaugh will appear before the committee on Monday.
Democrats and former national security officials said that President Trump’s directive to declassify documents from the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election is a dangerous one, threatening to undermine an ongoing investigation of his own campaign and potentially revealing confidential law enforcement and intelligence sources.
In 2016, California became the first state to allow judges to block individuals believed to be dangerous from having firearms for up to a year. The law has been invoked fewer than 200 times in two years.