The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of September 14, 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015

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

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McCray Set To Unveil “Mental Health Roadmap,” Signature De Blasio Plan

 “What we’ve seen is the largest mental health facilities in the country now are jails,” says JoAnne Page, president of The Fortune Society. “And people who are mentally ill end up going through the criminal justice system in ways that …

http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5877-mccray-set-to-unveil-mental-health-roadmap-signature-de-blasio-plan

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Raymond Kelly, Ex-Police Commissioner, Blames Mayor de Blasio For Rise In Killings

Former NYC Police Commissioner Kelly said that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s constraints on the stop-and-frisk strategy of the Bloomberg administration was to blame for the uptick in murders in New York City. He also attributed the rise in homicides …

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/08/nyregion/raymond-kelly-ex-police-commissioner-blames-mayor-de-blasio-for-rise-in-killings.html?nytmobile=0&_r=0

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Fixing Broken Windows: Bill Bratton Wants To Be America’s Top Cop; His Critics Say That His Legacy Is Tainted

Broken-windows, says Bill Bratton, “is about quality of life, about freedom from fear, about freedom from disturbance.” Minor crimes — patronizing a prostitute or a drug dealer — had been ignored because they were seen as victimless. But …

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/09/07/fixing-broken-windows

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Opinion: Don’t End Broken Windows Policing, Fix It

“I have long advocated something like Broken Windows policing because I believe the “minor crimes and activities” it targets matter enormously for the health of the urban public realm, particularly in our most disadvantaged urban …

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/09/09/don-t-end-broken-windows-policing-fix-it?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm

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Opinion: A Chance To Fix Parole In New York

The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, will hear oral arguments in a case that may provide a rare chance to reform New York’s antiquated, ineffective, and unfair parole system. The basic idea behind parole is simple …

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/05/opinion/a-chance-to-fix-parole-in-new-york.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share

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Punished For Being Poor: Defendants Who Can’t Make Bail, Regardless Of Their Crime, Are Four Times More Likely To Be Sentenced To Time In Prison

“People with access to money can post bail. People who don’t have access to money can’t,” says Ann Jacobs, director of the Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The problem the Fund is working against is …

http://www.psmag.com/politics-and-law/punished-for-being-poor

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Opinion: Cops Not Ready For Their Closeup — With Body-Camera Policy A Mess, Bratton And The NYPD Should Hit The Pause Button And Write Better Rules

The NYPD’s experiment with police body cameras has barely begun, but at least one potential benefit — a greater level of transparency and public understanding of police activity — already appears to be slipping out of our grasp …

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/errol-louis-cops-not-ready-closeup-article-1.2349541

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Opinion: The Mayor’s Battle On Homelessness

The alarming abundance of people panhandling or bedding down in New York City’s streets and subways this summer has made life more complicated for Mayor Bill de Blasio. It has led to ugly responses by commentators and politicians and …

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/09/opinion/the-mayors-battle-on-homelessness.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share

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Rikers Island Captain And Officer Are Charged With Beating Inmate, 18

A Rikers Island captain and a correction officer were charged with assaulting a teenage inmate in a storage room where there were no video surveillance cameras, and then filing false paperwork to conceal their actions. The 18-year-old inmate …

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/05/nyregion/rikers-island-captain-and-officer-are-charged-with-beating-inmate-18.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share

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Rikers Inmate “Hogtied” And Beaten By Guards Gets $450K

City taxpayers will have to shell out $450,000 to compensate a Rikers inmate for being “hogtied” with shackles and then savagely beaten by a correction captain and five officers in April 2012. Robert Hinton, 28, won the six-figure settlement …

http://nypost.com/2015/09/02/rikers-inmate-beaten-and-hogtied-by-guards-gets-450k/

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Calls To Close Down Rikers Island Are Getting Louder

Tear down Rikers Island. That idea has in recent months inspired op-eds, protest signs, and a hashtag. And the idea just got the endorsement of a NYC lawmaker. “What we should really be talking about is abolishing Rikers Island completely …

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/close-rikers-island_55f02725e4b03784e277281a

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NYPD Set Arrest Quotas For Minority Cops In Their Own Communities: Suit

A dozen black and ​Hispanic police officers have sued the city and the NYPD​ saying bosses forced them to carry out illegal arrest quotas “against their own minority community” — and one of those cops filed a​ separate lawsuit claiming …

http://nypost.com/2015/09/01/cop-suing-over-minority-arrest-quotas-says-he-faced-retaliation/

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Buery To Be City’s Point Man On Mental Health Reform

Deputy Mayor Richard Buery will coordinate mental health reform for the de Blasio administration. The announcement comes as the administration prepares a major push to connect New Yorkers with new mental health services, which …

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/09/8575710/buery-be-citys-point-man-mental-health-reform

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National:
Sanders Introducing Criminal Justice Reform Bill, Proposes Ending Privately Run Prisons

Sen. Bernie Sanders, candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, will be introducing criminal justice reform legislation to “eliminate federal, state, and local contracts for privately run prisons within two years …

http://politic365.com/2015/09/09/sanders-introducing-criminal-justice-reform-bill-this-week-proposes-ending-privately-run-prisons/

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National:
Prison Officials Push To Reduce Number Of Inmates In Isolation

In a sign of how far the nation has moved from supporting solitary confinement for inmates, the leading organization for the nation’s prison and jail administrators called for sharply limiting or even ending its use for extended periods …

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/03/us/prison-directors-group-calls-for-limiting-solitary-confinement.html

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National:
Opinion: Solitary Confinement Is Cruel And All Too Common

If mass incarceration is one of America’s deepest pathologies, solitary confinement is the concentrated version — far too many people locked up for far too long for no good reason, at no clear benefit to anyone,  said Supreme Court Justice …

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/03/opinion/solitary-confinement-is-cruel-common-and-useless.html

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National:
No, Police Defenders, There Is No “War on Cops”

No greater number of police officers is being shot this year than in any other. But we do see more brutality because of social media. There’s no excuse for attempts by law enforcement, media, and politicians to claim that a “war on cops” …

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/03/no-police-defenders-there-is-no-war-on-cops.html

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National:
Poll: Blacks, Whites Agree Police Treat Blacks Differently

Sharp differences exist between the way blacks and whites view the treatment of blacks by police, says a poll being released by the National Bar Association, the organization of black lawyers and judges. According to the poll, 88% of blacks …

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/09/09/poll-blacks-whites-agree-police-treat-blacks-differently/71918706/

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National:
Opinion:  Obama’s Final 500 Days — People From Across The Political Spectrum Suggest Criminal Justice Reforms The President Should Enact During His Remaining Time In Office

Late in his term, President Obama has identified the criminal justice system as a home-stretch priority. So we asked experts and advocates from across the ideological spectrum to share their wish lists of reforms the president could …

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/09/03/obama-s-final-500-days?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm

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National:
Vocational Training In Prisons Can Fill Industry Gaps

Vocational training has declined in American high schools as more students plan to attend traditional college programs, and jobs requiring specific technical training, such as welding, are taking the hit. But some prisons are discovering they might …

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2015/0908/Vocational-training-in-prisons-can-fill-industry-gaps

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National:
Walking The Beat With Copwatch, The People Who Police The Police

Over the past year-and-a-half, police violence in places like NYC and Ferguson sparked mass protest and drove down public confidence in law enforcement to a 22-year low.  In response, people have been fashioning …

https://news.vice.com/article/walking-the-beat-with-copwatch-the-people-who-police-the-police

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Alaska:
Lawmakers Ask For Big Savings From Justice Reform Effort

A group of Republican legislative leaders wants to examine reforms to Alaska’s justice system that could cut the state’s prison population by 25% and stop future prison growth. The state corrections department’s $280-million budget makes it …

https://www.adn.com/article/20150908/lawmakers-ask-big-savings-justice-reform-effort

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California:
Year Of SDPD Body Cameras Yields Surprises

San Diego police outfitted with body cameras have received fewer complaints from the public but have also used more force — a finding that surprised department leaders. Those are among the conclusions in a report on …

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/sep/08/sdpd-body-cameras-use-of-force-complaints/

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Maryland:
Baltimore To Pay Freddie Gray’s Family $6.4 Million To Settle Civil Claims

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s decision to pay Freddie Gray’s family a $6.4-million civil settlement drew praise and criticism with some Baltimore leaders saying the move will help heal the city and others calling it premature …

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/freddie-gray/bs-md-ci-boe-20150908-story.html

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Maryland:
The Conservative Case For Criminal Justice Reform In MD

As state leaders in Annapolis grapple with ways to close the budget gap, there is bi-partisan agreement in one area — Maryland’s criminal justice system needs to be overhauled. Criminal justice reform is no longer a contentious issue …

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bs-ed-gingrich-nolan-20150904-story.html

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Missouri:
“Provocative” Police Tactics Inflamed Ferguson Protests, Experts Find

Law enforcement officials responding to demonstrations and unrest in Ferguson, MO, following the death of Michael Brown used a variety of inappropriate tactics and strategies that often exacerbated tensions, according to a report …

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ferguson-protests-police-tactics-report_55e622a3e4b0aec9f35506ad

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Missouri:
A Democratic Politician Goes To Jail, Now Advocates For Prison Reform

“Mr. Smith Goes To Prison: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America’s Prison Crisis” is a partly funny, partly urgent, and wholly unnerving book by former Missouri state senator Jeff Smith who was sentenced to …

http://nypost.com/2015/09/06/a-democratic-politician-goes-to-jail-now-advocates-for-prison-reform/

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