At least in California.
On Wednesday, Gov Jerry Brown signed legislationthat gives inmates who were incarcerated for murder while juveniles the chance to shorten their sentences and possibly leave the system.
Instead of serving life, prisoners will be up for parole after serving 25 years. Over the next three years, nearly 40 inmates will be eligible for hearings.
Aging in San Quentin
Most of us fear the complications that come with aging. Now imagine facing those complications in a medium or maximum security prison.
In Wednesday’s gripping episode of the podcast Ear Hustle, artist Nigel Poor and inmate Earlonne Woods talk to prisoners who are aging, getting sick and dying in the system. Some are bed-ridden, battling cancer and taking chemotherapy in a jail cell at 70, while still hoping to return to the outside world.
Listen to the sick, the elderly and the inmates who help take care of them.
Not all civilians killed by cops properly counted
A Harvard study shows just how difficult it is to rely on the government to analyze cop treatment of civilians. It’s the latest to show that stats on police killings are woefully inaccurate — in this case undercounted by more than 50%.
The study was based on 2015 data gathered by “The Guardian” website’s The Counted project, which found that 1,146 civilians were killed that year by police.
Lead researcher Justin Feldman and his team compared “Guardian” data to stats from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), held by the Centers for Disease Control.
Asking for oral sex got cop canned
Officers in Florida might be able to teach folks in Washington and Hollywood a thing or two about punishing men who attempt to take advantage of their authority for sexual favors.
Daytona Beach police fired Tuesday officer Nicholas Aitchison. The 28-year-old has been charged with, among other things, battery and indecent exposure. On May 30, Aitchison asked a female inmate to perform oral sex on him after she slipped out of her handcuffs while being transported to jail. She refused and reported his actions when she reached the jail. Aitchison was removed from duty two days after the incident.
HIs arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 25.