Injustice Watch takes a look at how and for what crimes people have been executed on American soil.
At risk are millions of dollars in grant money for crime prevention to Chicago, Cook County and other large jurisdictions across the country.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to prosecute more migrants caught near the border and sentence them to prison before their deportations. But immigration-related cases last year already made up more than half the cases in federal criminal courts, data show.
Researchers concluded after studying crime data that evidence did not show “sanctuary cities” have more crime than cities that cooperate with federal immigration officers. Yet a right-wing website contends the results “clearly and unambigiously” show the opposite.
In the wake of Injustice Watch probe of a pattern of misstatements in opinions by Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, a series of legal experts said there is simply not enough scrutiny of the work of appellate judges. The lack of attention stands in contrast to the powerful role of the circuit courts.
For many, jail serves as primary mental healthcare provider.
When respected law professor Albert Alschuler said renowned federal appeals court judge Frank Easterbrook engaged in “eight whoppers” in a high-profile case, Injustice Watch undertook a review of the judge’s other cases. The result: A pattern of misrepresenting facts: Misstatements, omissions and wrong assumptions.
A prisoner was put in solitary for a month for writing a letter to former Gov. Quinn denouncing him in obscene terms over the prisoner’s cell conditions. A federal judge ruled that two prison officials violated the Constitution when they sent the inmate to solitary confinement for a month because they found him “insolent” for writing the letter.
The state cannot leave it up to prisoners convicted of sex crimes to find suitable housing before their release or remain in custody, a New York appellate court rules. At issue are laws in states across that U.S. that leave many convicted of sex crimes locked up after their prison sentences are complete because they cannot find housing because of restrictions on where they can live upon release.
Ground zero of bail reform: New Jersey finding both benefits and kinks from reformed system. But officials praise “clearer, fairer” process.