Crime and Justice

This School Struggled With Detentions, So They Asked For Students’ Help. Guess What? It’s Working.

Are teachers in your city using police to monitor classroom behavior? Here is an alternative already in practice in many school systems.

What if there were a simple and cheap way to keep kids out of detention and from eventually heading down the wrong path? This school seems to have figured it out, and it’s kinda genius.

via This School Struggled With Detentions, So They Asked For Students’ Help. Guess What? It’s Working..

Rekia Boyd family awarded $4.5 million settlement | 22-year-old shot and killed by Chicago police officer | abc7chicago.com

Shot by police officer

Shot by police officer

The city acknowledges that Servin, seated in his car, fired five shots blindly over his shoulder at a man with whom he’d exchanged angry words.

That man was Antonio Cross who was on his cellphone when he was shot in the thumb. Another bullet struck 22-year-old Rekia as she turned to escape the gunfire. She died the next day.

“We didn’t even get a damn I’m sorry yet. We’re still waiting,” said Boyd’s brother, Martinez Sutton.

Rekia’s Boyd’s family will receive $4.5 million as part of a wrongful death settlement approved by the city council. But justice, they say, will not be served until and unless Detective Servin is criminally charged.

via Rekia Boyd family awarded $4.5 million settlement | 22-year-old shot and killed by Chicago police officer | abc7chicago.com.

 

How Corporations Make Money from Prison Labor: They’re Happy to Have More Inmates | Techyville

A year ago they had little room but now three sets of bunk-beds cram six people together in a place designed for two. They once had four television rooms but those are being converted into more bed-space as well. All the while, the conversation is alive about how much money the prison is making off them.

The Bureau of Prisons and Department of Justice run state and federal prisons, both of whom point to the national budget. If asked, representatives for these prisons say that no one profits from the inmates, that the prison labor is to sustain and maintain the prison itself and that it is government funded.

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), on the other hand, owns and manages over 65 correctional institutions and prisons at every level, representing over 91,000 beds in 20 states. According to the public financial information available, CCA received 43% of their total revenue from federal correctional and detention authorities. The remaining 57% would be profit derived from prison labor. In 2011 alone they generated $351.1 million in cash.

via How Corporations Make Money from Prison Labor: They’re Happy to Have More Inmates | Techyville.