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Prisons on trial: Department of Corrections settlements

State Departments of Corrections nationwide are regularly taken to court by employees and inmates, and returns from an initial round of MuckRock requests begin to provide some insight into how prevalent those conflicts are.

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Departments of Correction nationwide are considering privatized electronic monitoring as an alternative to incarceration

While a release-and-monitor system can provide relief to those awaiting trial, overcrowded prisons, and families hopeful for their their loved ones’ returns, the charges being transferred to inmates and their support networks are sometimes comparably destructive.

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Police departments across the country are spending millions on riot gear

We’ve all seen the lines of police at protests donning head to toe armor, batons and/or launchers at the ready, glowering down at protesters through face shields. But how much does all that gear cost? According to the early returns on riot gear budgeting requests we have been filing, quite a lot.

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Five myths about the death penalty

From its role as a deterrent to lavish last meals that only exist in the public imagination, popular misconceptions remain about the way people are put to death in America.

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San Jose’s rape kit backlog is over twice the official count

Just last year San Jose rewrote their penal code to test every backlogged rape kit in their system. However, due to a number of legal circumstances where police departments aren’t required to have kits tested, over half of San Jose’s untested kits don’t count as part of the “official” backlog

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