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Federal judge ordered an OR hospital to admit 2 men jailed for months on guilty insanity charges; OK Gov. commutes Julis Jones execution; Kyle Rittenhouse acquitted on all accounts — your weekly news

inequitable police deployment: A decades-long fight was settled, requiring the city of Chicago to collect and publish data on 911 response times. An action community advocates say will aid in addressing the disparities in emergency response between white and non-white neighborhoods. Chicago Sun-Times (Nov. 15, 2021)

judge order: A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order against Oregon State Hospital demanding the hospital admit two men imprisoned in Multnomah County Detention Center on insanity charges. For months, the hospital has refused to accept the men in spite of court orders and fines totaling over $100,000. Oregon Public Broadcasting (Nov. 15, 2021)

sheriff sued: ACLU sued the Sacramento Sheriff's Office alleging the office is non-compliant with state law through their usage of secretive policies that transfer immigrants in jail to federal immigration authorities. The Sacramento Bee (Nov. 16, 2021)

vaccine mandate on the force: Nationwide publicity regarding police resistance to the vaccine mandate has been greatly exaggerated according to reports from the Appeal. While there has been push back, there is overwhelming compliance with the issued mandates from police. The Appeal (Nov. 16, 2021)

anti-LGBTQ environment: A D.C. corrections officer is suing D.C. Department of Corrections alleging a hostile and anti-gay workplace environment. The officer claimed he has endured slurs, retaliation and threats of assault while working in the correctional facility. WJLA (Nov. 17, 2021)

a change in juvenile sentencing: Henry Montgomery, 75 has been released after serving nearly six decades behind bars. Montgomery’s case contributed to the Supreme Court ruling that holds that youth offenders cannot be sentenced to mandatory life without parole. The Advocate (Nov. 17, 2021)

saved at the last minute: This past week, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt commuted the sentence of Julius Jones to life in prison without parole. Prior to the commutation, Jones was scheduled to be executed on Thursday. KOKH-TV (Nov. 18, 2021)

effort to help youth: Chicago officials have announced their plans to launch an initiative that will keep teens who commit minor offenses out of jails. Officials claim their efforts are designed to be  “trauma-informed and services-oriented.” WTTW (Nov. 18, 2021)

more suitable: This past week, California’s state corrections board decided that L.A. County juvenile detention halls are now suitable for housing the city’s youth after earlier inspections put the city’s facilities at risk of closing. Los Angeles Times (Nov. 19, 2021)

not guilty on all charges: Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old who fatally shot two individuals and wounded another during a protest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake last year in Kenosha, Wis. was acquitted on all charges. NPR (Nov. 19, 2021)

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