Marking the 50th anniversary of a wide-ranging report of a commission named by President Lyndon B. Johnson, some experts call for a 21st-century repeat, focusing on police, prosecutors, and mass incarceration. But some speakers at a Washington symposium worried the new administration’s “tough on crime” approach could limit its impact.
Misconduct at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has earned some of its top officers, including Sheriff Lee Baca, criminal convictions. Now, an investigation by WitnessLA into a fleet of Sea King helicopters loaned under a controversial Defense Department program raises questions of high-level fraud.
A national group led by police chiefs and prosecutors has called on President Donald Trump to adopt policies the organization says can reduce both crime and incarceration and also save taxpayer dollars.
Just 124 of Chicago’s police force of 12,000 were identified in nearly a third of the misconduct lawsuits settled since 2009, suggesting that officers who engaged in questionable behavior did it over and over, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Down the road from Ferguson, Mo., in the St. Louis suburb of Jennings, police precinct commander Jeff Fuesting had expressed interest in predictive policing, so when the department brought in HunchLab, it asked his precinct to roll it out first, reports The Marshall Project. They believed data could help their officers police better and more objectively. By identifying and aggressively patrolling “hot spots,” as determined by the software, the police wanted to deter crime before it ever happened. HunchLab, produced […]
The monitor tracking Cleveland’s progress under a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department laid out an ambitious plan for 2016, one that requires the city to implement major changes and conduct training, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The first-year plan was filed in federal court yesterday by monitor Matthew Barge. It outlines dozens of deadlines that the city, the monitor and other groups must meet to implement a settlement designed to transform the way the city polices its residents. Barge […]