Miranda ‘loophole’: CA police use gang enforcers to win cellmate confessions

Prosecutors in six California counties have used paid informants to question prisoners for years, and have fought off efforts by civil rights groups to limit the practice. The informants, enforcers for a feared gang, have various tricks to win statements, even in some instances making their cellmates fear for their lives if they do not talk. Now, the ACLU has turned to the courts to halt the practice.

After criticism, Ill. state rep drops bill limiting access to police records

The sponsor of an Illinois House of Representatives bill that would have drastically cut public access to police records—including in cases of officer misconduct—killed the bill Thursday after searing opposition from civil rights and open government advocates, including the ACLU and the state attorney general’s office. The bill was prompted by a request from the city of Chicago Heights.