Posts tagged Crime

Prohibition is still a failure.



Talking to Senators Rand Paul and Cory Booker before our interview about their juvenile justice bill.



Notice how MSNBC didn’t really give a damn about the bill that Paul and Booker were talking about covering this whole interview? The subject didn’t matter — all they cared about was the 2010 interview that Rand Paul had with Rachel Maddow.

Maddow takes it upon herself to mount a defense of calling out Rand for speaking the indefensible 3 years ago for over 10 minutes. Afterward Lawrence O’Donnell had Ari Melber who talked about his get. The content wasn’t the Paul/Booker bill but the man bites dog nature of the bipartisan action in The Senate. All of it was informative about MSNBC’s editorial priorities.

MSNBC presents social justice priorities as long as the content is compelling to keep eyeballs’ or ears’ attention. It would seem that on Thursday Phil Griffin and/or his minions did not find the plight of those placed in a lower caste in our nation by the penal industrial complex a more compelling story than the Libertarianish reasoning (read white mansplaining how theories trump real world consequences of the practice of those theories) which they have on tape and will play over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over not as a practice of ideological principle but as an exercise of an ephemeral primacy and power of the fourth estate.

In the end, The REDEEM Act gets as much sunlight as a perp walk from the back door of the precinct to the paddy wagon parked half-a-block away. Those left to wear a scarlet letter for life after after being convicted for carrying some junk get just a little more than nothing because they don’t watch MSNBC, they won’t even pick up the phone to call their federal representative not just because they don’t watch MSNBC (and who in poverty can afford the 2nd tier of cable services in the USA?) but also because they don’t participate in the system. Perhaps some are lead by the charlatans of mass media rather than those who one needs a longer attention span to understand. So it is left to those who see the wisdom of something like the REDEEM Act and participate in electoral politics despite the diminished effectiveness of such conduct to carry the ball to their elected officials.

Who knows why, but last week Phil Griffin didn’t put himself inside that intersection of that diagram; for that reason, the poor ex-cons loose.

…we should all leave. Immediately. Leave the food on the table in the restaurant. Leave the groceries in the cart, in the aisle. Stop talking or engaging in the exchange. Just leave, unceremoniously, and fast.

But here is the key part: don’t pay. Stopping to pay in the presence of a person with a gun means risking your and your loved ones’ lives; money shouldn’t trump this. It doesn’t matter if you ate the meal. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just received food from the deli counter that can’t be resold. It doesn’t matter if you just got a haircut. Leave. If the business loses money, so be it. They can make the activists pay..
Two teenage sisters in rural India were raped and killed by attackers who hung their bodies from a mango tree, which became the scene of a silent protest by villagers angry about alleged police inaction in the case. Two of the four men arrested so far are police officers.

Villagers found the girls’ bodies hanging from the tree early Wednesday, hours after they disappeared from fields near their home in Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state, police Superintendent Atul Saxena said. The girls, who were 14 and 15, had gone into the fields because there was no toilet in their home.

Hundreds of angry villagers stayed next to the tree throughout Wednesday, silently protesting the police response. Indian TV footage showed the villagers sitting under the girls’ bodies as they swung in the wind, and preventing authorities from taking them down until the suspects were arrested.

The Best Line in The Whole Article:
Records show a rape is committed every 22 minutes in India, a nation of 1.2 billion people. Activists say that number is low because of an entrenched culture of tolerance for sexual violence, which leads many cases to go unreported. Women are often pressed by family or police to stay quiet about sexual assault, and those who do report it are often subjected to public ridicule or social stigma.

Rates for probationer arrests as a percentage of all adult arrests after the onset of AB 109 — the prison realignment law enacted in late 2011 in response to federal court orders to reduce overcrowding — only went up two percent the next year, from 10 percent two years earlier.

Meaning, only one in eight adults arrested in 2012 was under probation supervision.

“I think that what this tells us is that the sky is not falling,” said Cynthia Burke, criminal justice research director for the San Diego Association of Governments. “It’s something that we need to keep looking at. But Probation, the Sheriff’s Department and the other partners are using evidence-based practices to try to supervise these offenders.”

Indiana Judge Under Fire After Giving No Jail Time to Rapist

Kurt Eisgruber
Criminal Division 1
c/o Office of the Court Administrator
T-1221 City-County Building
200 E. Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn ran a religious charity for decades. Experts say the operation ran counter to state and federal laws.

Marcus Owens, a Washington, D.C. lawyer who headed the nonprofit division of the IRS for 10 years, was particularly pointed in his assessment of Basic Faith:

“There is virtually nothing that I would describe as ‘legal’ about the way the supervisor appears to have managed the charity,” he said.

Frances Hill, who has helped shape U.S. nonprofit tax policy and serves as a professor at the University of Miami School of Law, studied the documents as well.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” she told inewsource, “and anything quite so blatant as you make up your own rules and do what you see fit.”

Fifteen years after Columbine rattled America to its core, people still get shot while they’re at school. People get shot while they’re at work. People get shot eating. People get shot drinking. People get shot watching movies, shopping, driving, swimming, skipping, and playing baseball. It’s 2014 and in America, people get shot doing basically any goddamn thing you can think of.

PG & E to face criminal charges for San Bruno Pipeline explosion

Does this mean that executives will do time in jail?