Criminal Justice

UPDATED: Biden to pardon all federal offenses for simple marijuana possession, review criminalization

BY: , and - October 6, 2022

This post was updated October 6 with a full write-through. WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday announced executive actions that would pardon thousands of people with prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession. Biden then called on governors to follow suit with state offenses for simple marijuana possession, saying that “just as no one should be in […]

Federal prisons ‘riddled with mismanagement’ probed by U.S. Senate panel

BY: - September 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in a Thursday hearing grilled the top leader of federal prisons on how the agency would address staffing shortages and reports of abuse of incarcerated people. “The Bureau (of Prisons) has been riddled with mismanagement and, sadly, with scandal,” said the chair of the committee, Illinois […]

U.S. government failed to properly count deaths of people in prisons and jails, Senate report says

BY: - September 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice did not properly count nearly 1,000 deaths of incarcerated people in jails and prisons, according to a bipartisan report released Tuesday by a U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee. The 10-month investigation by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff, found that […]

Confronting history, Congress studies addition of lynching sites to national park system

BY: - September 13, 2022

The U.S. House is considering a bill that would put lynching sites in western Tennessee on track to become part of the National Park Service, part of a trend this year of Congress using the agency to advance discussions of the nation’s troubled and often violent racial history. A bill from U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, Tennessee Democrat, […]

Congressional panel debates federal role in preventing youth incarceration

BY: - September 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of a U.S. House Education and Labor Committee panel on Thursday questioned experts and leaders of youth rehabilitation programs about how the federal government could invest in programs to prevent kids from becoming incarcerated. “Although the juvenile justice system is intended to rehabilitate—not punish—young offenders, data shows that the more a young […]

‘Fund police’: Biden pushes plan to build public trust in officers

BY: - August 31, 2022

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. —President Joe Biden knocked defenders of the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol while touting his recent public safety policy wins in a visit to Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. “You can’t be pro-law enforcement and pro-insurrection,” Biden said. The president also referenced the FBI search at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago residence […]

How might law enforcement use digital tracking to to enforce Georgia’s strict anti-abortion law?

BY: - August 30, 2022

“Are we starting it today?” “We can if u want the one will stop the hormones” “OK” “Ya the 1 pill stops the hormones an rhen (sic) u gotta wait 24 HR 2 take the other” “OK” “Remember we burn the evidence” “Yep” Those Facebook messages are part of the evidence against a Nebraska mother […]

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene targeted in swatting for second night in a row, police say

BY: - August 25, 2022

For the second night in a row, armed police showed up at the Rome house of Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene Thursday after an anonymous caller made a false report of a dangerous situation. According to a Rome Police Department report, officers were contacted shortly before 3 a.m. from an internet suicide prevention chat about a […]

Transgender connection to Marjorie Taylor Greene swatting call unclear as police investigate

BY: - August 24, 2022

Rome Police officers responded to the home of Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a false report of a shooting. Nobody was injured in the incident. Officers are calling it an attempted swatting, a harassment technique where the perpetrator attempts to summon a large number of armed police to a […]

McMichaels get federal life sentence for hate crime in Arbery killing

BY: - August 8, 2022

At the federal courthouse in Brunswick Monday, U.S. District Judge Lisa G. Wood used an even-tempered and soft voice to express her indignation for three men convicted in Coastal Georgia’s most notorious hate crime: the racially charged murder of Ahmaud Arbery. “A young man is dead,” Wood said at the sentencing hearing for Travis and […]

U.S. House passes ban on assault weapons after spate of gun violence

BY: - July 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a ban on semi-automatic firearms — the weapons used in multiple mass shootings during the last three months — on a near party-line vote. With the 217-213 vote, the bill, H.R. 1808, will head to the evenly divided Senate, but it’s unlikely to advance there, as the ban would […]

‘Stunning, long-term failures’ found in probe of Atlanta penitentiary

BY: - July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON —  U.S. senators on a Homeland Security panel on Tuesday detailed years of abuse at U.S. Penitentiary Atlanta that the committee found in an unreleased bipartisan investigation. “The evidence the Subcommittee has secured to date reveals stunning long-term failures of federal prison administration that likely contributed to loss of life, jeopardized the health and safety of […]