A Look at Policing Settlement Terms Between Cleveland, DOJ
May 26, 2015, 5:51 PM ET
By The Associated Press
Cleveland agreed to overhaul its police department under the supervision of an independent monitor in a settlement announced Tuesday with the U.S. Justice Department over a pattern of excessive force and other abuses by officers. Some of the settlement’s terms:
A citywide community police commission will be created to provide input on police matters. Religious, civil rights and other community leaders will work with neighborhood committees to facilitate communication with police and establish a community policing plan.
USE OF FORCE
New use-of-force policies require that any use of firearms, pepper spray and stun guns is proper, lawful, reported and reviewed. For example, officers will not be permitted to fire shots from or at a moving vehicle and must document all instances of a firearm being unholstered during any police incident. Officers will receive training on the lawful limits of using force, and a new force review board will evaluate uses of force and subsequent investigations.
Officers will be trained on responding to individuals in crisis. A mental health response advisory committee will be developed and a new coordinator position will be created to foster good relationships between police and mental health advocates.
The city will hire an inspector general to review police policies and determine compliance with state and federal law. The inspector, appointed by the mayor, will also analyze trends, develop recommendations for police reform and conduct investigations. The candidate cannot be a current or former employee of the police department.
DATA ANALYSIS AND COLLECTION
A new coordinator will ensure the collection and tracking of all documents related to police use-of-force and misconduct allegations. The coordinator will be responsible for creating and maintaining a reliable and accurate electronic system to track data on all police stops and searches and issue a report on the information.
ACLU Challenging Marriage Ban for Some Rhode Island Inmates
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — May 28, 2015, 4:21 PM ET
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is suing the state Department of Corrections director on behalf of two inmates and the women they’re not allowed to marry.
Child custody: an overview
In cases of divorce, the court of jurisdiction for the divorce proceedings also determines child custody arrangements. Under the common statutory provision, if the spouses have children together while married, the parents have joint guardianship over that child and the parental rights are equal. Each parent has an equal right to the custody of the child when they separate.
When determining the home in which to place the child, the court strives to reach a decision in “the best interests of the child.” A decision in “the best interests of the child” requires considering the wishes of the child’s parents, the wishes of the child, and the child’s relationship with each of the parents, siblings, other persons who may substantially impact the child’s best interests, the child’s comfort in his home, school, and community, and the mental and physical health of the involved individuals.
Prison Reform in Alabama in deal with DOJ
An Alabama women’s prison will be overhauled after the U.S. Justice Department said officers there coerced inmates into sex, watched them in showers and bathrooms and organized a New Year’s Eve strip show.
The Department of Justice on Thursday filed a complaint in federal court summarizing alleged abuses at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, along with an accompanying settlement agreement outlining the steps the state has agreed to take to eliminate the abuses.
“The time is ripe for Australia’s foreign ministry to make public a new comprehensive policy to end the death penalty worldwide”
Spurred by the execution of “Bali 9″, where 8 prisoners, including 2 Australians for drug offenses in Bali, the Human Rights Law Center reports on a group of leading Australian and international human rights organizations which are calling for an end of the death penalty throughout the world.
Criminal Defense Attorneys
A criminal defense lawyer, also known as a defense attorney, is a lawyer specializing in the defense of individuals and companies charged with criminal activity. Some criminal defense lawyers
are privately retained, while others are employed by the various jurisdictions with criminal courts for appointment to represent indigent persons; the latter are generally called public defenders. The terminology is imprecise because each jurisdiction may have different practices with various levels of input from state and federal law or consent decrees. Some jurisdictions use a rotating system of appointments with judges appointing a private practice attorney or firm for each case.
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Child custody and parenting arrangements
The aim of family law
The law’s main concern is to ensure that a child’s best interests are met by being protected from physical or psychological harm and having both parents involved meaningfully in their lives.
Legal Rights of Illegal Immigrants
Illegal immigrants living and often working in the United States have some rights under the U.S. Constitution, despite their immigration status. Aspects of the Constitution that address human rights apply to everyone, even those without proper documentation.
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