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.
Chicago’s former police superintendent Garry McCarthy, who was fired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and may run against him for mayor, says Emanuel is not effectively countering a wave of carjackings in the city’s downtown area.
The independent Community Oriented Policing Services office, created in 1994 to assist local law enforcement, may be folded inside a DOJ division as part of a White House efficiency drive. In a letter supported by major police groups, 135 Congress members said the move could threaten communities “struggling” to pay for public safety.
Megan Quattlebaum, research scholar in law at Yale University Law School and lecturer in law at Columbia University Law School, will be the new director of The Council of State Governments Justice Center, succeeding Michael Thompson.
Ten mayors have joined with the Center for American Progress advocacy group to launch a new national initiative called Mayors for Smart on Crime. They say they are committed to pursuing what they call “a fair, equitable, and comprehensive approach to public safety and criminal justice reform.”
Almost six months after Hurricane Maria, residents are still suffering from the breakdown of an already-troubled justice system, aggravated by a police walkout and a rise in domestic violence calls, according to the latest episode of John Jay College’s “Criminal Justice Matters” program. Experts said the island’s problems serve as a warning for other communities where climate change increases the risk and frequency of weather catastrophes.
As predicted, President Trump cited prisoner reentry in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, but it was only a one-line mention. “This year we will embark on reforming our prisons to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance,” the president said.
This week, Congress must decide whether to extend the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, which bars the feds from enforcing anti-pot laws in states that have approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Extensions have been pro-forma since 2014, but Washington’s new hardline drug policies could be a game-changer.