The Fortune Society News Of The Week — the week of November 16, 2015

Monday, November 16, 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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How To Ace An Interview — Even With An 800-Pound Gorilla In The Room

Acing a job interview is no easy feat. It’s even more challenging if you’re fresh out of prison. Incarceration may teach a person certain skills, but poise probably isn’t foremost among them. However, The Fortune Society seeks to remedy …

http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-ace-an-intervieweven-with-an-800-pound-gorilla-in-the-room-1447153200

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Correction Union Boss Norman Seabrook Asks To Halt Mandatory Prison Reforms Aimed At Reducing Violence At Rikers Island

Correction union boss Norman Seabrook wants to put the brakes on federally mandated reforms because the changes are not being implemented in a “rational fashion.” In a letter to Manhattan Federal Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain, he …

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/correction-union-boss-halt-rikers-island-reforms-article-1.2424755

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Seabrook Assails de Blasio On Rikers Reform

Norman Seabrook, president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Assn, ripped into Mayor de Blasio, demanding that City Hall include the union in discussions about reforms on Rikers and threatening the mayor’s re-election if he resists …

http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/11/8582338/seabrook-assails-de-blasio-rikers-reform

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Correction Officers’ Union Calls For Removal Of Department Head Joseph Ponte, Files Petition To Block New Use Of Force Policy

The union representing correction officers called for the removal of department head Joseph Ponte and filed a petition in court to block his new use of force policy four days after an officer was repeatedly slashed in the face by inmates …

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/rikers-guard-slashed-face-inmates-alive-article-1.2427850

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Rikers Is Reforming Solitary Confinement — With More Solitary Confinement?

Through a strange twist of New York City politics, “Enhanced Supervised Housing” has been promoted as part of the reform package designed to counter the use of solitary confinement at Rikers. According to Joseph Ponte, Commissioner of  …

http://www.thenation.com/article/rikers-is-reforming-solitary-confinement-with-more-solitary-confinement/

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NY Lawmaker Wants To Make It Harder For Career Criminals To Enter Diversion Programs

In response to the killing of NYPD Officer Randolph Holder, a state lawmaker from Brooklyn has introduced a bill to make it harder for career criminals to get into diversion programs. The “Officer Randolph Holder’s Law” would prohibit …

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-lawmaker-introduces-officer-randolph-holder-law-article-1.2427780

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Mayor de Blasio Wants To Make It Easier To Evict And Exclude Criminals Who Terrorize Residents From NYCHA Apartments

Mayor de Blasio has ordered a total overhaul of the entire referral process to make it faster and easier for NYCHA to evict or exclude residents who are committing crimes on authority properties. “He is requiring NYCHA and NYPD to …

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/exclusive-de-blasio-nycha-criminal-evictions-quicker-article-1.2427019

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National:
White House Is Irked Again By Comments About Police

The White House  singled out another senior federal law enforcement official for criticism for having suggested “without any evidence” that crime is on the rise because police officers have become less aggressive in the face of heightened …

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/07/us/white-house-is-irked-again-by-comments-about-police.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share&_r=0

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National:
Not Quite A Bipartisan Affair

While Senate conservative heavyweights have given the thumbs up to a bill that would make sweeping criminal justice reforms, Republican presidential candidates Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Ted Cruz aren’t interested in joining …

http://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2015/11/06/criminal-justice-reform-is-not-quite-a-bipartisan-affair

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National:
Many Police Departments Have Dismal Body-Camera Laws

According to a new report, the city laws that govern body cameras — the very thing that will determine how body cameras work in the field — are deeply, sometimes fundamentally, inadequate. Many of the nation’s largest police departments …

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/11/many-of-the-nations-largest-police-departments-have-dismal-body-camera-laws/414945/

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National:
John Oliver Reveals Why Going To Prison Isn’t A Deterrent To Going Back

In a nearly 20-minute segment, the political comedian John Oliver tackled a wide range of what he called “depressing” aspects of the criminal justice system — from bail to mandatory minimum sentencing. Most troubling to the TV host was that …

http://www.takepart.com/video/2015/11/09/john-oliver-bilal-chatman

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National:
Bolts From The Blue

While deadly police shootings in the U.S. have gained international attention this year, 47 people lost their lives after law enforcement officers deployed a Taser, according to an ongoing investigation documenting fatalities that …

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/nov/05/police-tasers-deaths-the-counted

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National:
Alicia Keys Lends Voice To Sentencing-Reform Movement

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys used her voice not to sell records, but to harness support for changes in the criminal justice system. She spoke about it on Capitol Hill: “The prison system as it exists today is too punitive and racially discriminatory,” she told …

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2015/11/10/alicia-keys-lends-voice-to-sentencing-reform-movement/

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Florida:
Shots Fired!

Police shoot someone in Florida on average once every three days.  Click to see a map of every officer-involved shooting in Florida in 2013-2014.  They make up less than 8% of Florida’s population, but 40% of the people shot were black men …

http://creative.news-journalonline.com/shotsfired/

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Georgia:
“Ban The Box” A Win For Georgia Women

The 9to5 National Association of Working Women has understood for years the devastating impact mass incarceration has on women. With more than 1 million women behind bars or under the control of the criminal justice system …

http://www.myajc.com/news/news/opinion/ban-the-box-a-win-for-georgia-women/npG4Q/

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Louisiana:
Louisiana Officers Charged With Murder In Shooting Of Boy, 6

Two police officers were arrested on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder for a shooting in Louisiana that left a 6-year-old boy dead and his father critically wounded after they fired 18 shots at …

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/11/07/2-louisiana-police-officers-face-murder-charges-in-the-fatal-shooting-of-a-6-year-old-boy/

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Louisiana:
Koch Institute Hosts National Summit On Criminal Justice Reform In New Orleans

“A lot of people on the left will say one of the problems we have is the racial disparities and the terrible racial outcomes we see in American criminal justice. A lot of people who are economic conservatives will say this just costs too much …

http://wwno.org/post/koch-institute-hosts-national-summit-criminal-justice-reform-new-Orleans

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New Jersey:
Student Organization Helps Prisoners Succeed

Rutgers is contributing in the move to repair the American criminal justice system with the Mountainview Project Student Organization, a social action student organization working on the issue of prison reform. The Project works with …

http://www.dailytargum.com/article/2015/11/student-organization-helps-prisoners-succeed

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Ohio:
Ohio Pay-To-Stay Prisons Saddle Poor Inmates With Debt: ACLU

Ohio’s prison system pushes low-income offenders deeper into poverty by charging fees for their jail time, saddling inmates with debts as high as $35,000, according to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio …

http://wsau.com/news/articles/2015/nov/09/ohio-pay-to-stay-prisons-saddle-poor-inmates-with-debt-aclu/

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Wisconsin:
New Documentary Chronicles Work Of Groups Trying To Change Prison System

A new collection of short documentary films by a Madison, WI,  producer chronicles the work of several local groups looking to change Wisconsin’s prison system.  An upcoming screening of his film, “Reform Now,” is part of a …

http://www.wpr.org/new-documentary-chronicles-work-groups-trying-change-prison-system

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