133 school police positions eliminated in LA; Mississippi private prison admits to missing safety records; 400 inmates to be transferred from DC jail due to inhuman conditions—your weekly justice news
progress: L.A’s school district eliminated 133 school police positions in response to calls for change in 2020 after George Floyd’s murder. The money was redirected into a $36.5 million Black Student Achievement Plan (BSAP) that includes 53 new mental health counselors at 53 schools. Capital & Main (Nov. 1, 2021)
biased: An Alabama county judge was unanimously kicked off the bench after being accused of racist and sexually inappropriate behavior that included demeaning comments about women. WVTM-TV (Nov. 1, 2021)
nothing to see here: Officials for a privately run prison in Mississippi acknowledged in court that dozens of safety monitoring records do not exist after The Marshall Project unsuccessfully sued for the records. The Clarion-Ledger (Nov. 2, 2021)
swept under the rug: NYPD, America’s largest police union, is ignoring rape cases. They refused to collect crucial DNA evidence in hundreds of thousands of sexual assault cases. The Appeal (Nov. 2, 2021)
held in squalor: A plan to transfer 400 inmates from D.C. jail to a federal facility was announced due to a surprise inspection that found evidence of “systemic” mistreatment including unsanitary living conditions and the punitive denial of food and water. The Washington Post (Nov. 2, 2021)
undermanned: Forty percent of postings were left unstaffed in Philly’s jail leaving stabbings to go unnoticed by prison officials. Staff were found to work 14 to even 22 hour days in the facility. The Philadelphia Inquirer (Nov. 4, 2021)
hidden in the ranks: Pittsburgh police Lt. Philip Mercurio signed up to join the far-right, anti-government militia group the Oath Keepers according to a new report. Mercurio is still on the force but is being investigated. PublicSource (Nov. 4, 2021)
shot down: Huntsville, AL police released video footage of their officer shooting a army veteran in a PTSD crisis in 2019 who reached for a fake gun after a judge ordered them to. Alabama News (Nov. 5, 2021)
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