Amazon has joined the growing number of companies selling facial recognition technology to law enforcement agencies, offering to “identify persons of interest against a collection of millions of faces in real-time.” Civil libertarians are nettled. “This is a perfect example of technology outpacing the law,” says the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The CLOUD Act is an attempt to update an obsolete stored communications law that was passed in the 1980s before the World Wide Web existed. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky opposed the proposal as a violation of Americans’ privacy. He tweeted, “But guess what? Congress can’t vote to reject the CLOUD Act, because it just got stuck onto the Omnibus (spending bill), with no prior legislative action or review.”
Many states and the Federal Bureau of Prisons have enacted new laws or policies to deal with the problem, which is so widely recognized that it was a featured storyline in a recent episode of “Orange Is the New Black.”
A class-action lawsuit charging Nevada with violating its constitutional responsibility to ensure all citizens receive equal treatment before the law is aimed at pushing the state to fix its “utterly failing” public defense system, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). It’s the eighth such suit launched by the ACLU against states and counties.
Nevada has “abdicated” its duty under the Constitution to ensure rigorous legal representation for indigent defendants, according to a class-action suit filed today by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
According to a joint report released by the Prison Policy Initiative and the ACLU, 60% of women in jail have not been convicted of a crime and are awaiting trial. Incarcerated women have lower incomes than incarcerated men, and have a harder time affording cash bail, say the report’s authors.
About 25 Missouri Highway Patrol troopers will be policing the interstate highways in St. Louis as part of Gov. Eric Greitens’ initiatives to combat crime in the city. Civil rights groups worry about racial profiling by the troopers, a persistent problem in the state.
A report issued last week by the American Civil Liberties Union implores the business community to put people with criminal records– that’s one-third of adults in the U.S.– back to work, for the good of the economy.
Louisiana leads the nation in incarceration rates, with most of those imprisoned African Americans. One reason is the state’s post-Civil War practice of allowing non-unanimous jury verdicts—but some reformers are pressing for change.