justice/jails

The State of Mass Incarceration – 2022

Prison Policy Initiative released a new report on the state of incarceration in 2022. (graphics from prison policy.org) Over 80% of those in Local Jails are waiting for trial – they’ve been convicted of nothing other than not having the money to buy their way out of jail. Drugs still --->> read more -->>
economy

“How Structural Racism Works” – Tricia Rose and Samuel Rosen – recently noted

If you are struggling to get your head around how racism works you will probably find it helpful to have a general framework as a guide. This one hour lecture from 2017 features an overview by Brown University Professor Tricia Rose of the structure of racism and how it works --->> read more -->>
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books

Tightrope – Americans reaching for hope by Kristof and WuDunn – book review

Kristof and WuDunn’s book, Tightrope – Americans Reaching for Hope, spent some weeks on bestseller lists. Kristof is a well known reporter and writer for the NYTimes. It centers around the town of Yamhill OR and the people that Kristof grew up among. The stories of industrial decline, increasing inequality, --->> read more -->>
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justice/jails

Recently Noted – more John Oliver on American justice – or not

Once again we return to our comedians for information about what is going on in the world. This time more on the fraud that is our judicial system. Turns out that one of our regular sources, John Oliver, has really made a demi-career out of just this topic.  
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family

Evicted – the book and the exhibition

We read Evicted – poverty and profit in the American city by Matthew Desmond last year in our local library book group. Recently on a visit to Washington DC to the National Building Museum (401 F St. NW – Judiciary Square Metro stop) we came on an exhibit based on --->> read more -->>
Legal Aid
justice/jails

Recently Noted – more unequal justice – lots of it….

The Louisiana Project: A Study of the Louisiana Defender System and Attorney Workload Standards – February 2017 by Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC and the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants provides a startling example of the gigantic fraud that is the American legal system. Using standards for the number --->> read more -->>
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inequality

Recently Noted – John Thompson and Justice – Prosecution With No Recourse

It is not often that one can make a judgement that is nearly absolute in its accuracy. Most things in life are complicated, complicated by circumstance, money, class, family, just plain errors in judgement, execution, and on… But, when it comes to the American justice system you come face to --->> read more -->>
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justice/jails

Recently Noted – Serial the Podcast – More Evidence of the Delusion of Justice –

We have written earlier about the fact that effective legal representation and trial by jury is a rarity making one of our cultural icons a complete sham. As Jed Rakoff has noted: In actuality, our criminal justice system is almost exclusively a system of plea bargaining, negotiated behind closed doors --->> read more -->>
photo by Lance Wheeler for Columbia-Greene Media. State St Hudson NY 6/12/2018
justice/jails

Recently Noted – Hudson NY and Its SWAT Team

Hudson NY and Its SWAT Team Even here in our little city of Hudson NY (population ~ 7,000) we have a police SWAT team, benignly referred to officially as the Columbia County Shared Services Team. There has been plenty of concern over its use here in the last couple of years, --->> read more -->>
justice/jails

Recently Noted – women in prison in the US – more on mass incarceration

“If New York were a separate country, its incarceration rate [for women] would be the 8th highest in the world. A woman in New York is 12 times more likely to be incarcerated than she would be in France.” The Prison Policy Initiative has released a new study “Women’s Mass --->> read more -->>