- The trial date for Sandra Bland's family's wrongful death suit has been set for January 2017.
- Pew: Push for policing reforms expected in upcoming legislative sessions.
- WFAA: Prison guards say working conditions a 'living hell' ("I'm not about, 'Let's go hug these inmates' ... I'm about taking care of these officers."), and additional commentary.
- Houston Chronicle: Four of the nine dead from the Waco biker shootout were killed by police snipers with long guns. Reportedly, no police officers fired their pistols. UPDATE: Ten dead bikers?! Tommy Witherspoon found another one referenced in a recent indictment, though it could be an error.
- Quorum Report: Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chairman called for sentencing reform for low-level drug crimes.
- Sheriff's Association: To improve public safety, halt cycle of juvenile crime
- Doug Smith: On keeping a positive attitude in prison and the case for a "second look" law for certain felonies.
- Texas Tribune: Read the story of a prison teacher who almost missed her calling.
- Reuters: Three guards were fired at the Arlington City Jail for failure to render aid in the case of a psychotic man arrested for outstanding traffic tickets whose official cause of death read "in-custody death with application of physical restraints,” with "acute psychosis" as a significant contributing factor.
- Washington Post: Cops seized more assets than burglars last year, and next year they'll seize even more.
- Scientific American: Putting scientific peer review into the courtroom
- Akron Legal News: Ohio should copy Texas' junk science writ
- The Marshall Project rounded up all of John Oliver's 2015 clips on criminal justice from his HBO show, which are must-see TV for reform advocates if you haven't seen them all.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Guards say Texas prisons a 'living hell,' and other stories
I finally created bios for all of Grits' new contributing writers. See here. And here are a few odds and ends which haven't made it into independent Grits posts but merit readers' attention heading into the weekend:
Posted by Gritsforbreakfast at 2:09 PM