The NYU’s Brennan Center calculates that murder rates in America’s 29 largest cities will drop by 7.6 percent over the previous year; falling off to levels approximately equal to 2015 rates. Notably, the report projects a 35 percent decline in homicides in San Francisco, 23.2 percent in Chicago, and 20.9 percent in Baltimore.
In a response to the growing consensus that the practice of solitary confinement is cruel and ineffective, North Dakota has reduced the number of infractions that sends prisoners into isolation—and has changed how inmates are treated if they are sent into “administrative segregation.” The reforms came after a visit by Leann Bertsch, the state’s prison chief, to Norway.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons spent more than $1.7 million to construct an entry building at the Danbury federal prison in Connecticut that was no longer necessary, the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General says. The watchdog unit said the spending was part of a $28 million contract to Sealaska Constructors LLC for construction at Danbury.
“They could assign 100 agents to this and be done in two days,” Tom Fuentes, a former FBI assistant director, So far, the Senate Judiciary Committee won’t ask for a new background check on the Supreme Court nominee, leaving it up to the White House.
The U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is supposed to address “disproportionate minority contact” in the juvenile justice system. Caren Harp, the agency’s head in the Trump Administration, says states have spent too much money on the issue without getting results.
A heavily armed man opened fire inside a software company in Middleton, Wi., on Wednesday, wounding four co-workers before he was shot by police. The Madison man died later at a hospital. Police did not immediately determine the shooter’s motive.
Three civilians and a police officer were wounded when a gunman opened fire outside a crowded Pennsylvania courtroom. The man, who was killed by a police officer, had been due in court on charges related to domestic violence.
A task force of law officers, public health officials and victim advocates vowed to scrutinize the way sexual assaults are investigated in Minnesota, with the goal of recommending reforms to the legislature. The Minneapolis Star Tribune is publishing a series that has documented pervasive breakdowns in rape investigations.
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.”