Taser Use Implicated in Deaths of Over 20 Inmates

In “Shock Tactics,” a six-part series of articles published between August and early December, Reuters news service takes a critical look at use of Taser stun guns, their connection with deaths, and related litigation. A part of the series delves into use of the device to control inmates in state and local prisons and jails. The investigation […]

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St. Louis Workhouse Inmates Sue over “Hellish” Conditions

Claiming a variety of problems at their former place of incarceration created “unspeakably hellish and inhumane conditions,” seven former inmates (two of whom shielded their identities with pseudonyms) of the St. Louis Medium Security Institution, also known as the “Workhouse,” filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court on Nov. 13. The ex-inmates claim long-known but ignored defects […]

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Body Cameras Catch Evidence of Police Misconduct

Body-worn cameras, being adopted by increasing numbers of police departments, have prompted divided opinion among both law enforcement agencies and civil liberties groups. Some voice concern over possible invasion of the privacy of those whose images are captured, while others argue the cameras can provide useful evidence and make police actions more transparent. The position […]

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California Inmates Volunteer to Help Battle State’s Wildfires

As devastating wildfires sweep through northern California’s wine country, a sizable part of the firefighting forces battling them are volunteers from state prisons, including more than 100 female inmates. In fact, around 4,000 inmates from California Prisons make up 30% of the state’s forest-fighting forces, through their enrolment in a partnership program between the California Department […]

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