Highlights from the week’s juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.
Will This Be the Year JJDPA Is Reauthorized?
Though the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act (JJDPA) is supposed to be reauthorized every five years, we have not seen any action taken with the legislation since 2002—hopefully that will change this year. Considering that the protections set forth in 1974, when the legislation was established, have not even be realized, we say it’s about time.
Challenges Seen in Prosecuting Police for Use of Deadly Force
When it comes to prosecuting police officers for deadly (or even excessive) force, we realize how subjective the state’s interpretation of “beyond a reasonable doubt” truly is. Beyond the fact that law enforcement has the authority to use lethal force if they believe someone is in danger, issues of prosecuting within your own department
READ MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/us/challenges-seen-in-prosecuting-police-for-use-of-deadly-force.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSum&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news
2 N.C. men wrongly convicted of murder freed after decades in prison
Henry McCollum and Leon Brown were 19 and 15-years-old, respectively, when they were sentenced to death row for the murder and rape of an 11-year-old girl in 1983. This week, with just over 30 years spent on death row, both men were released, but unfortunately the psychological effects of their imprisonment will shape their new lives on the outs: “Henry watched dozens of people be hauled away for execution…It’s impossible to put into words what these men have been through and how much they have lost.”
Angola Three inmate in longest solitary confinement seeking damages in court
Since before the U.S. evacuated Vietnam, Albert Woodfox has been held in solitary confinement. Now, he is appealing for the right to sue prison officials for the cruel and unusual punishment of 40 years in isolation. Prison officials will try to block his appeal by claiming that, since he was transferred from Angola to a new prison four years ago, “the clock restarted.” Our first thought: even four years in solitary confinement goes beyond cruel and unusual.