"If he doesn’t get treatment, which is already delayed, he can really die in the next month or two," Justin Faircloth's oncologist, Dr. Aasim Sehbai, said. "With proper treatment he could live two or three years, even up to five years. One way or...
John PfaffAlabama is going to murder a man thru willful medical neglect. A slow, excruciating, cruel execution.
His crimes: drug possession, some bad checks, burglary.
They couldn’t legally execute him. But they will legally murder him.
Across the United States and Europe, software is making probation decisions and predicting whether teens will commit crime. Opponents want more human oversight.
John PfaffWhy is it so hard to have good articles on predictive algos? Yes, they have risks, but this piece makes all the same the errors as the rest.
The core failing? Barely engaging w the inescapable point that human judgment... is ALSO ALGORITHMIC.
The federal government has been fueling a quiet jail boom since the 1980s. The Iowa caucus, which traditionally begins the presidential primaries, will be held…
John Pfaff1. Excellent piece by @verainstitute on how local PUBLIC jails in rural areas are often financed by PUBLIC contracts with the Feds.
The Fed per diem—often negotiates w the US Marshals but used by ICE—is a revenue source to pay for the jail, other stuff.
The year of 2018 saw a record-low 98 murders, while 2019 saw 99.
John PfaffArrests in BK are down 35% since 2016. Bail is sought for misdemeanors only 7% of the time.
And what does BK have to show for it?
Murders remain below 100 at historic lows. Shootings are down ~7%.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol and sheriff's offices in Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Bolivar and Washington counties sent more than 100 deputies to the prison on Thursday after a violent incident broke out Thursday morning and left one inmate dead
John Pfaff1. I realize it is hard to keep up with everything right now, but something pretty awful is clearly happening in MS’s Parchman prison and elsewhere in the state. There are already several confirmed fatalities, even as MDOC remains mostly silent.
Policymakers and most everyday New Yorkers have yet to come face-to-face with the extent of the crisis, even as mass instability takes a lasting toll on individual lives and social networks in the city.
It’s the Year of the Perp. The start of the new decade couldn’t look better for New York’s criminal defendants, thanks to a slew of reforms and handouts that critics charge will return the city to …
John PfaffDAs keep complaining the new discovery law will endanger witnesses.
But but but.
These reforms make NY look like what most states ALREADY DO.
So if this policy endangers witnesses, they should be able to point to many examples.
Funny: they never do.
The commutation of Sheppard's sentence was one of eight Gov. Wolf approved Thursday.
John PfaffGov commutes murder sentence after 20-some years.
Local DA immediately rearrests on 20-yr old shoplifting charge, arguing he was a "fugitive" while in prison.
Why? "For the victims!"
This DA just lost to a reformer. It's last-gasp nastiness.
“It is deeply troubling and represents a breach in our protocol. We sincerely apologize to this child and her family and will be taking immediate disciplinary action against the person responsible,” a Virginia Department of Corrections spokeswoman...
John PfaffGood God.
The VA DOC stripped searched an 8 yr old girl w mental health issues by threatening to ban any future visits w her dad, got consent from someone who couldn’t grant it, and then denied her a contact visit and made it be thru glass after all that.
Four correction officers have been suspended as investigators examine their failure to stop an 18-year-old detainee’s suicide attempt.
John PfaffThis is why suicide remains the most likely cause of Epstein’s death.
Four Rikers COs, in the presence of cameras, watched a detainee try to hang himself for *seven minutes* without intervening.
The routine cruelty in jails is hard to underestimate.
States are passing laws abolishing private prisons and business cutting ties with the facilities. And private prison companies are planning for a future in which their core service is illegal.
John PfaffAs banks divest from private prisons (which hold ~8% of all ppl in prison), my understanding is that they seem quite interested in underwriting, say, the bond issue that NYC’s new ~$10B jail plan requires.
Publics are where the real money is.
Revealed: records show law enforcement has called demonstrators possible ‘domestic terrorism’ threatsDemonstrators against the Keystone XL pipeline walking to a federal courthouse in in Rapid City, South Dakota, in June. Photograph: Adam...
John PfaffLast time, local DAs has a clever trick for out-of-state protestors who had gone back home:
1. Set trial date.
2. Def’n confirms date, buys plane ticket.
3. DA drops charges, w right to refile.
4. DA offers plea deal. Don’t take? Buy new ticket. Repeat.
Seclusion rooms are supposed to be a last resort, but students across the state are routinely put in them for infractions as minor as spilling milk.
John PfaffThis article, on using solitary-confinement like "quiet rooms" on special needs children as young as kindergarten is heart-wrenching.
It is also a graphic and disturbing example of just how deeply rooted is the ideology of mass incarceration.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg took aim at local courts this week, calling an alarming uptick in findings of no probable cause in more than 3,000 court cases a waste of resources and a public safety concern. Local judges and magistrates...
John PfaffThis is a remarkable article on the convoluted politics of CJ reform.
The gist: Houston swept out the old judiciary and replaced it entirely w Dems, many Black women.
Suddenly “no probable cause” findings by judges are way up. DA and police are unhappy.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics is tasked with collecting, analyzing, and publishing data about the criminal justice system. But its reports are slowing down - ...
John PfaffFantastic piece by @PrisonPolicy on how the BJS, hamstrung by a budget that hasn’t grown (under D and R alike) and chronic staffing shortages is struggling to get reports out and data gathered.
We cannot fix criminal justice if we don’t fund the data.
Good morning. Thank you Matt Martin for your kind introduction and for your leadership in the Middle District of North Carolina. We have a really incredible group of US Attorney’s across the nation,
John Pfaff1. This speech from the other day by Asst US Attorney Jeffrey Rosen, attacking reform-oriented district attorneys, is simply STAGGERING in its dishonesty, even by Trumpian standards.
Which means they are scared. Tough-on-crime is scared.
Today, the U.S. collectively spends $100 billion a year on policing and a further $80 billion on incarceration. A report released last month provides a glance at police budgets in several major U.S. cities.
John PfaffNYC is an intriguing outlier here: massive police spending, but relatively small share of the budget. But that's because NYC is less a city and more a state, and thanks to Wall Street its budget is an anomaly.
Speech: Donald Trump Addresses the 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum - October 25, 2019
John PfaffFound a transcript of Trump’s CJ speech, and 🙄.
If there’s a dominant theme, it was trying to pit Black Americans against immigrants.
And the best parts were def when he stopped rambling and let Alice Johnson, Tanesha Bannister, and Jerome Brown talk.
A man whose lawyers say he was wrongfully incarcerated for 42 years is set to be freed after accepting a plea deal Tuesday from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. Until Tuesday, Elvis Brooks faced a life prison sentence.
John PfaffMaking those w viable innocence claims plead guilty just to get home is a sadly common move.
But ADA’s comments are HORRIFIC.
He spent 42 yrs in prison, but the ADA is “showing mercy.”
Worse: “He’s 62 years old and still has an opportunity for a life.”