The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of September 8, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

A wide-ranging collection of news and opinion from the previous week focusing on criminal justice policy, advocacy, and reform.


Page Celebrates 25 Years At Helm Of Fortune Society

JoAnne Page, President and CEO of The Fortune Society, marked her 25th year as head of one of the nation’s most respected nonprofit organizations serving and advocating for formerly incarcerated individuals.  Under her 25-year stewardship …

http://www.nynp.biz/index.php/people/22240-page-celebrates-25-years-at-helm-of-fortune-society

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Opinion: A Step Toward Fairness In Ferguson

The racially torn city of Ferguson, MO took an important step when the City Council announced proposals aimed at remaking its troubled court system and creating a civilian review board for the Police Department. The initiatives speak to …

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/10/opinion/a-step-toward-fairness-in-ferguson.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad

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Is This The End Of “Tough On Crime”?

A month after protesters and heavily armed police first began to clash in Ferguson, MO, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on the use of military equipment by police, and the federal programs …

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/09/is-this-the-end-of-tough-on-crime/

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Justice Dept. Inquiry To Focus On Practices Of Police In Ferguson

The Justice Department will open a broad civil rights investigation into police practices in Ferguson, MO, where a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager and set off days of unrest. The inquiry is in addition to the FBI …

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/us/politics/justice-dept-to-investigate-ferguson-police-practices.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad

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Federal Inquiry Of Ferguson Police Will Include Apparent Racial Profiling

The Justice s civil rights investigation into the police department in Ferguson, MO will focus on whether officers there made discriminatory traffic stops, mistreated prisoners, or used excessive force in the years before the fatal shooting …

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/us/racial-profiling-by-ferguson-police-to-be-part-of-federal-inquiry.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad

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The Rise Of The SWAT Team In American Policing

Questions about whether police are overly militarized are being asked with new urgency because of the turmoil in Missouri where unarmed demonstrators faced off against mightily armed officers in battle dress and gas masks. The world saw …

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/08/us/the-rise-of-the-swat-team-in-american-policing.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad

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New York Hires Consultant To Create Rikers Island Reform Plan

In the wake of revelations about pervasive brutality carried out by jail staff and other serious problems at Rikers Island, New York’s correction commissioner said the city had hired a management consulting firm to develop a plan for reforms …

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/09/nyregion/new-york-hires-consultant-to-create-rikers-island-reform-plan.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad

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Family Of Rikers Inmate Sues New York City Over His Death

The night Bradley Ballard died, he lay naked on the floor of his cell at Rikers, weak and covered with feces. He hadn’t been given medication for his schizophrenia and diabetes.  Lawyers for his mother and his estate are now suing the city …

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/11/nyregion/family-of-mentally-ill-rikers-inmate-sues-new-york-city-over-his-death.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad

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New Officer Issue Isolates Mayor

Mayor Bill de Blasio distanced himself from Police Commissioner William Bratton’s
recommendation to hire more than 1,000 new officers, describing the plan as an “aspiration” rather than a formal administration policy …

http://online.wsj.com/articles/mayor-de-blasio-keeps-distance-from-commissioner-william-brattons-call-for-more-police-1410310803

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Opinion: How We Will Police The Police?

What do we want from our police? Certainly, protection of our neighborhoods and a low crime rate. But we also want what the NYPD promises — “courtesy, professionalism and respect.” One of the ways we can assure that …

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/police-police-article-1.1933954

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Police Shoot Unarmed Man In Harlem Park

A New York City police officer shot an unarmed man in the chest during a confrontation in a Harlem park on Thursday afternoon. The episode began when an officer on patrol in Marcus Garvey Park was “accosted” by a 28-year-old …

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/nyregion/police-shoot-unarmed-man-in-harlem-park.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad

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Commissioner Outlines Police Training Overhaul

For two hours and 36 minutes, William J. Bratton sat before the NYC Council responding to questions about his plans to overhaul officer training. Yes, he agreed, the department had been too aggressive in …

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/09/nyregion/bratton-outlines-overhaul-in-training-for-new-york-city-police-officers.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad

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Bratton Defends His Policing Policies

Police Commissioner William Bratton issued a forceful defense of his policies, saying he is confident that by the end of 2014 crime in the city will have fallen for the 24th consecutive year. He said most categories of crime have decreased …

http://online.wsj.com/articles/nypd-commissioner-william-bratton-defends-his-policing-policies-1410380541

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New York Police Officers To Start Using Body Cameras In A Pilot Program

The NY Police Department will begin equipping a small number of its officers with wearable video cameras, a pilot program geared toward eventually outfitting the nation’s largest police force with technology that promises greater …

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/nyregion/new-york-police-officers-to-begin-wearing-body-cameras-in-pilot-program.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad

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Opinion: Mayor de Blasio Is Anti-Crime, Pro-Cop

Contrary to the image some are trying to paint of him as they stoke fears that the “bad old days” are returning, Mayor de Blasio has proven himself to be a pro-cop, tough-on-crime progressive. His words show it; the stats bear it out …

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/mayor-de-blasio-anti-crime-pro-cop-article-1.1926872

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For NY Legislators, Indictments Are No Obstacle To Seeking Re-election

In most lines of work, an indictment can be a professional death sentence. Among NY State legislators, it seems, many have come to view it as a bump in the road. State Senator John L. Sampson, charged with embezzlement and …

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/nyregion/indictments-no-obstacle-to-seeking-re-election.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad

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Opinion: Inhumanity Isn’t Exclusive To Attica

On Sept. 13, 1971, State Police opened fire on Attica Correctional Facility, shooting nonstop for two minutes, and ending a four-day inmate protest by Attica prisoners. But what happened 43 years ago isn’t the only reason Attica must be closed …

http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Inhumanity-isn-t-exclusive-to-Attica-5734157.php?t=ca7e746088

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Settlement Is Approved In Central Park Jogger Case, But NY Deflects Blame

A $41-million settlement for five men whose convictions in the 1989 rape of a female jogger in Central Park were later overturned was made final with the deal including unusual language that sought to absolve New York City from blame …

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/06/nyregion/41-million-settlement-for-5-convicted-in-jogger-case-is-approved.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad

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Former NYPD Commissioner Kelly Inks Deal For Memoir To Take On Critics

Former top cop Kelly will take on critics in a memoir detailing how the NYPD thwarted terrorism and made historic reductions in crime during his tenure. He will take on critics who lambasted him for overuse of the “stop-and-frisk” policy and …

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ray-kelly-memoir-coming-article-1.1931664

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Opinion: States Lead — Will The Feds Follow?

In the criminal justice reform arena, states have taken the lead. From rolling back harsh mandatory minimum sentences to decreasing prisons’ populations, states are taking steps to be smart on crime. Once a leader, the federal government …

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/megan-quattlebaum/states-lead-will-the-feds_b_5780764.html?utm_hp_ref=crime&ir=Crime

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Panel Of Global Leaders Urges Drug Policy Overhaul

An international panel urged a global overhaul of drug policies calling for some drugs such as marijuana to be regulated and an end to incarceration for drug use and possession. Traditional measures in the “war on drugs,” it said, have failed …

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/panel-global-leaders-urges-drug-policy-overhaul-25390745

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Opinion: “PriSchool” — Overcoming Mass-Incarceration With A New Design

In no other place and at no other time in history have people been incarcerated at such high numbers and for such prolonged periods than in America, since it began to prosecute its “war on drugs” in 1971. More than 2.2 million people are …

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/uzoma-orchingwa/prischool-overcoming-mass_b_5762672.html

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Opinion: The Innocent On Death Row

The exoneration of two North Carolina men who spent 30 years in prison — one on death row — provides a textbook example of so much that is broken in the American justice system. And it is further evidence (as though more were needed) that …

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/opinion/the-innocent-on-death-row.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad

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Nonprofit Floats Unusual Alternative To Private Prison

A group of activists have proposed a novel solution to a problem that has affected the U.S. for decades — the practice of locking people up in private prisons that critics say are more concerned with making money for their shareholders than …

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/05/nonprofit-prison_n_5769194.html

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Angola 3 Inmate In Longest Solitary Confinement Seeks Damages In Court

America’s longest-serving solitary confinement prisoner, on lockdown in an isolated cell almost without break for 40 years, goes before a federal appeals court seeking permission to sue the Louisiana prison for damages …

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/04/angola-three-albert-woodfox-lawsuit-louisiana-prison

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Mental Health Advocates Suing DOC: “Prison System Must Go Beyond Current Reforms”

The unnatural death of a mentally ill inmate two years ago has spurred the Florida Department of Corrections to enact a series of reforms. But, some mental health advocates say it’s not enough. Now, the group Disability Rights Florida is suing …

http://news.wfsu.org/post/mental-health-advocates-suing-doc-prison-system-must-go-beyond-current-reforms

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National ACLU Director Addresses State Prison Issues

National prison reform leaders are now getting involved in the overcapacity issue facing Nebraska prisons. David Fathi, the national prisoner project director for the ACLU, visited Nebraska to discuss the state’s prison issues and ways to fix it …

http://www.1011now.com/home/headlines/National-ACLU-Director-Addresses-State-Prison-Issues-274047861.html

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A Special Gift For Children From Incarcerated Men

The day was filled with fun, food, and gifts for the youths of the Children of Promise, a community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to embrace the children of incarcerated parents and empower them to break the cycle of …

http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2014/sep/04/special-gift-children-incarcerated-men/

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New Records Show More Cases Of Prison Employees Accused Of Sex Crimes

Thirty cases involving at least 23 Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women employees were referred to prosecutors in the past five years for alleged employee-on-inmate sex crimes, according to new records …

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2014/09/nearly_two_dozen_julia_tutwile.html

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As Two Men Go Free, A Dogged Ex-Prosecutor Digs In

The most memorable moment of the trial that put Henry McCollum and Leon Brown behind bars for three decades for a hideous 1983 rape and murder was a display of
brilliant courtroom theatrics. DA Joe Freeman Britt asked jurors to …

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/08/us/as-2-go-free-joe-freeman-britt-a-dogged-ex-prosecutor-digs-in.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad

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Opinion: The “Secure Communities” Illusion

Who could fault a program with a name like “secure communities”? This is the initiative, begun under George W. Bush and vastly expanded by Barack Obama, to make sure that everyone arrested by local police anywhere has …

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/06/opinion/the-secure-communities-illusion.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad

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Opinion: Crime, Bias And Statistics

Discussions of the relationship between blacks and the criminal justice system in this country too often grind to a halt as people slink down into their silos and arm racial bias on one side and …

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/08/opinion/charles-blow-crime-bias-and-statistics.html

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Opinion: Kemerer ’15: Restore the Pell Grant

Injustice for incarcerated people is often discussed in terms of mandatory minimum sentencing for drug-based offenses, but the consequences of a prison sentence extend far beyond the length of the sentence itself. Following release …

 http://www.browndailyherald.com/2014/09/10/kemerer-15-restore-pell-grant/

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Cornell Prison Reform Project Creates New Research Branch

The Cornell Prison Reform and Education Project — a student organization created last fall — has reorganized this semester by creating a branch to research issues relevant to prison reform, according to its co-founders …

http://cornellsun.com/blog/2014/09/09/cornell-prison-reform-project-creates-new-research-branch/

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Family Of Rikers Inmate Sues New York City Over His Death

The night Bradley Ballard died, he lay naked on the floor of his cell at Rikers, weak and covered with feces. He hadn’t been given medication for his schizophrenia and diabetes. Lawyers for his mother and his estate are now suing the city …

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/11/nyregion/family-of-mentally-ill-rikers-inmate-sues-new-york-city-over-his-death.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad

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