The New York Times publishes a long criticism of President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on crime and justice, saying that the two appear “to be stuck in the 1980s, when politicians exploited the public’s fear of rising crime to sell absurdly harsh laws and win themselves re-election.”
Mark Holden, General Counsel of Koch Industries, says the newest version of the long-delayed prison reform and sentencing overhaul bill, passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, will further President Trump’s campaign pledge of helping America’s “forgotten men and women”—including those behind bars.
Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), co-chair of the House Law Enforcement Caucus, says the Trump plan to downgrade the Community Oriented Policing Services Office is an “odd way…to show support for the brave men and women in blue who rely on the office and grants to keep our neighborhoods safe.”
The White House budget proposal to Congress for the next fiscal year includes a large sum aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic and an even-larger amount for border security and immigration enforcement, including the southern border wall.
The president’s apparent defense of two aides—Rob Porter, the staff secretary, and David Sorensen, a speechwriter—runs counter to the White House’s portrayal of its response to the accusations of emotional and physical abuse leveled against them.
Since the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, non-Native Americans can be brought to tribal courts in domestic violence cases. But attorneys still face a minefield of jurisdictional issues, according to a study in the Winter 2018 issue of Criminal Justice.
As White House chief of staff John Kelly tells staffers that “domestic violence is abhorrent and has no place in our society,” the Washington Post reports that he knew for months about charges by two ex-wives of resigned White House staff secretary Rob Porter that he had abused them.
Every one-dollar increase in minimum wage decreases recidivism rates by four percent, according to a study of six million state prisoners between 2000 and 2014. The working paper is written by two economists who say their findings support arguments that higher wages in unskilled jobs make former prisoners less likely to look for illegal sources of income.
White House staff secretary Rob Porter said he would resign after his two ex-wives accused him of physical and emotional abuse, with one presenting pictures of her blackened eye. Porter has functioned as Chief of Staff John Kelly’s top enforcer in their shared mission to instill discipline and order in what had become a chaotic West Wing.