US ends private prison contracts

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Goodbye Corrections Corp of America

Deinstitutionalisation is the process of doing away with long term psychiatric hospitals and replacing them with less isolating community services such as mental health treatment on an outpatient basis.

The idea was that it would work in a couple of ways first by focusing on reducing the number of patients that were housed in mental institutions by releasing them of course, for some it meant shortening stays, in turn it would reduce both admissions and readmission rates.

The second focused on reforming mental a hospital’s institutional processes, the image it would create of the patient in the mind of the patient. It was the hope that ending the processes it would reduce or eliminate the concepts of patient dependency, the feelings of being hopeless once out of the institution and unable to cope with that, learned helplessness which the institutions drilled into the heads of patients and loved one’s of the patients, and other behaviors that institutions reinforced into the minds of patients and the families of patients.

Not to mention, wide scale patterns of patient neglect, care and unimaginable abuse were occurring in the facilities.  

The idea sounded great, on paper and in presentations.

The idea failed, miserably.  

These days it’s difficult to find a long term psychiatric hospital that cares for the mentally ill.

Today over half of the mentally ill population are left to self manage, mental holds in hospitals are short lived, some patients are released when they truly shouldn’t be, but the hospital psych ward needs the bed space.  

Patients are asked to get continued therapy, over half of which don’t because of cost, the inability to get to and from the therapy or simply because they don’t want it or are too mentally ill to realize they really do need it in order to live through each and every day.

Once in therapy, they are a number in the system and aren’t really always receiving the right kind of therapy.

Patients that are on medications don’t take them or worse mix them with other medications, illegal drugs or they drink with them.

This creates a problem for police because when they are heading to a call they don’t know what the individual was diagnosed with, are they on meds, off meds, mixing alcohol with the meds, etc.

A lot of mentally ill individuals struggle with keeping a job and they struggle to obtain housing so that leaves a good chunk of them living on the streets or couch surfing with friends who may or may not be aware the individual is struggling with mental issues until something happens.

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When we made the move to private prison contracts…

Back in the 1980’s not only was the hair and clothing bad, the public was frustrated over a ‘perceived’ failure of the penal system to rehabilitate offenders and in turn the public was reluctant to provide more funding for correctional institutions, to top it off the penal system was facing a demand for more jail space.

This created a ‘perceived’ issue that needed a very fast solution.

So one proposed solution was the privatizing of prisons and jails by contracting out, in part or in whole, the entire operation.

And now, we want to end the privatization of our penal system and go backwards instead of forward. We are not really looking for a solution to the ‘perceived’ issues.

It’s a reaction, one that I believe is normal for all of us once we realize that privatization of prisons really never was more cost effective.

Some are suggesting that the Department of Justice was maybe misguided on some of the information pertaining to why we need to begin the process of parting ways with private prison contracts.

One group says that private prisons show a savings of between 3-12% on annual per capita costs. Yet the report came with a caution that said they really could not honestly compare the costs between private and non-private prisons because of inmate population differences and programs offered.

The report found that as of January 2014 over half of the prison population housed in private prisons were non-us citizens.

That really isn’t the full picture because that particular report did not truly look at or study the actual demographics of those that were in prison at the time they conducted the study.

The report did study to see how the two compared to 8 measures of safety and security. The study found that private prisons did a poor job when it came to things like contraband, lockdowns, inmate discipline, grievances, phone monitoring and reports of incidents.

It’s easy to conduct a controlled study in order to obtain the outcome one wants. I can do it and so can you. I’m fairly certain a 5 year old can do it as well.

The issue here is, what happens when we or if we truly part ways with private prison contracts?

But let’s back up and look at the situation again…

Severing ties with private prisons will affect maybe 15-20% of Federal Inmates. That’s right, Federal inmates. States can still keep what contracts they have in place for state contracted private prisons.

They can also choose to part ways with private prison contracts if they wish. This decision would not affect states that use private run prisons on the state level.

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I worked for this really great company once, the owner Troy Widgery was a really good owner, and an even better manager/trainer.  

He always pushed me to not focus on a ‘perceived’ problem. He was right, because our focus on the ‘perceived’ problem clouds our abilities to come up with a solution that will provide the outcome we truly want.

It also clouds our ability to figure out if we truly have a problem or if the problem might be something we never even considered as the culprit. 

Just remember, when we decided on Deinstitutionalisation in psychiatric facilities, we saw a ‘perceived’ problem, ran to create a solution and never planned for the outcome that eventually followed.

In the 1980’s, we saw a ‘perceived’ problem with the penal system and today, we are not liking the solution that created the outcome we are now hearing about.

“The problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude about the problem.”

Cristal M Clark

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Police unions holding police reform hostage 

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At least that’s how it’s being sold

While they say they support reform, in many cities the police unions which represent the officers in those cities are holding reform hostage until they can gain monetarily from the reform.

This this month in Cincinnati, a local Police Union attorney sent a “cease and desist” letter to the city that said that officers should only use body cameras if the city was willing to pay them more.

Basically, unions are using the reform as a bargaining chip and are holding it hostage which is so very wrong. I can see something like, well the department needs more funds in order to purchase the body camera’s but, the unions are blatantly using reform as a way to increase police paychecks.

They are asking for money for officers from taxpayers to ensure officers are doing an effective and fair job.

According to a report at the Huffington Post, Daniel Hils, who is the president of one of Cincinnati’s Fraternal Order of Police lodges had this to say with regards to suggesting that police be paid more for the reforms:

“We recognize [body cameras are] the direction we’re going, but I believe this is a game changer, as far as complexity of the job. And this level of monitoring will result in positives and negatives about what it’s like to be a policeman. Because of that, I think it does require some additional compensation or at least bargaining for that.”

The argument is being presented in such a way by the unions that they are suggesting that adding the camera’s adds additional expectations, responsibilities and/or enhances the job of the officers.

Those have to be some of the weakest reason’s to be asking for an increase in police pay that I have ever seen.

Many police departments, not the unions that represent them are for the camera’s, from the top brass to the rookies. They want them, they support them and are willing to wear them. It’s the unions who are pushing back.

Boston just went down this road when the Patrolman’s Association fought the use of body cameras on a voluntary basis. The police in Boston are not being forced to wear them, so now the volunteers were selected by some third party, and the now forced volunteers are wearing the cameras for some time then an evaluation will be done by said third party who I assume is not associated with the department itself or the Patrolman’s Association.

Understanding

Who wants to be under constant surveillance while at work, anyone? The answer is that none of us want that, you may say you don’t care but when push comes to shove, no one really wants that. The idea is uncomfortable for most us, we don’t want it and don’t like the idea of it.

Some think that police have been granted this enormous, great power to be above and over us, they have authority over us, they can abuse us, use unnecessary force against us, be unfair, racist, biased, kill us without reason etc.

The assumption is that police have been give this great power over all of us little people and it needs to be monitored, seen and it has to have this check and balance process.

I agree with that to an extent however…

I personally do not believe that all police departments or police believe that they have been granted this great power over us.

Sure, the ones for instance that we see splashed all over the news have this power and control issue. Except for the Commerce City, Colorado Police Department, those guys are just playing Pokémon Go while on the job. By the way does anyone know how many Pokémon they captured before they were busted?

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I do know several police departments who don’t feel that way at all.

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Both the Denver, Colorado Police Department and the Arvada, Colorado Police Department just to name a couple feel a sense of responsibility to the communities they serve and protect.

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Sure they may have had at one time or another a bad apple or two, many of the officers that work for those departments do not truly feel that they have been handed this enormous power over the people.

I’ve had the privilege to work with many of them and to also know some on a personal level. They don’t feel over us in anyway, they feel a greater sense of responsibility the each citizen and the communities that they serve.

The sense of power over someone and the sense of responsibility to someone are two vastly different things.

All people are asking for are transparency and accountability, this requires nothing more out of police than what they should already be doing today.

Until the Fed’s can think of a way to prevent unions from holding reform hostage, this will continue to be a problem. I don’t know it feels like the unions are now pimping out the police.

The unions need to carefully consider that having the ability to see what it’s like being a cop just might clear up a lot of misconceptions the general public has about police and what they do while on duty… not all of them are playing Pokémon Go while on the clock.

Cristal M Clark

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An end to mass incarceration in the United States

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When the call for an end to mass incarceration doesn’t make sense.

As of right now Chicago has experienced, 489 shootings for the month of August, 84 have been ruled homicides.

This brings the number of shootings in Chicago this year to 2,858.

This weekend just so happens to be a holiday weekend which tend to prove pretty deadly in Chicago. Chicago is 142 shootings away from hitting 3,000 shootings this year.

That’s not a lot when you look at the first 10 days of the year, Chicago experienced 120 shootings. That was winter and this is summer, more people and guns are out.

Dwyane Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge was gunned down in cold blood on Friday afternoon while pushing her baby in a stroller. Dwyane Wade happens to be a guard for the Chicago Bulls, his dream come true was to play for the Chicago Bulls, he is from Chicago.

Now a beloved member of his family was murdered because she ended up in the crossfire of gang members who wanted to shoot someone else.

So forget gun laws, they are not working in Chicago, gang members don’t purchase guns legally anyway. What about the existing criminal laws on the books that are clearly not enforced?

Laws that could have prevented Nykea’s murder.

The two men arrested for Nykea’s murder were according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, out on parole, not probation, parole, one of the two was out on parole on an existing gun charge.

Darwin and Darren Sorrells have multiple priors and don’t really seem to give a shit about things like the law, life, women, children, nothing.

Had Chicago’s judicial system actually enforced the current laws and sentenced each according to the crimes they had committed prior, neither of these men would have been out of prison and would never have had the opportunity to murder Nykea or anyone for that matter.

In a day and age where I hear non-stop talk about mass incarceration, I have to wonder are we honestly seeing the whole picture? Yes, great we get some stories where a petty marijuana dealer who received a rather long sentence, but is that the entire story?  Are we asking for the right thing clearly or is it to generalized?

In truth we do not truly have a mass incarceration issue within the prison system. Our prison systems are not loaded with your typical stoner, hippies or petty shoplifters, the mentally ill, and pretty much basically non-violent drug offenders.

Darwin Sorrells had been sentenced to 6 years in prison in back in January 2013 on a gun charge and he was released early on parole.

Derren Sorrells is a known gang member who also happens to be on parole for motor vehicle theft and escape. He absconded from justice, hence the escape charge?!?!?

Early release and parole for two men who more than showed the legal system they had absolutely no intention of abiding by the law let alone the rules of parole.

When are we going to learn that the while the judicial system is unfair to some, to others it is too lenient.

Repeat offenders and violent offenders should have no early release and no good time. In fact they should be sentenced more accordingly to the crimes they have committed. Violent offenders should never be afforded any graces.

I dated a former violent offender once, I didn’t know it at the time but I can tell you this firsthand, they are great at manipulating and telling counselors, therapists, parole officers, prison guards and family members just what they need too, so that they can fly right under the radar yet continue to commit crimes without the benefit of getting caught.

Don’t ever kid yourself into thinking the majority of these guys will reform, they won’t, they do not want to change. Given the opportunity to continue with the behavior that landed them in prison, they will continue to break the law.

For most violent offenders they have no regard for any law whatsoever.

Confusion comes into play when looking at the numbers for the so called mass incarcerated because people more often than not don’t truly understand the difference between jail and prison.

They are in fact, believe it or not different by definition. The two biggest differences are, length of stay and jail’s are typically run by local law enforcement agencies.

So you can have misdemeanor offenders, felons and federal prisoners all housed in the same jail at the same time for different types of charges. They can be already sentenced or awaiting bail or a court date.

Some states will keep a felon in jail rather than transport the prisoner to prison if the felon’s sentence is a year or less. Some might keep the them longer or for less time. It depends on the state.

In quite a few cases a prisoner in jail will be charged with a felony then the DA will bargain the charges down so someone just lost his job, his home etc while awaiting a court date because he couldn’t bond out. Which by the way happens to be a judicial system problem.

Because of the confusion of where a prisoner is housed and the type of crime committed, I believe that many individuals including the media are vastly confused over the idea of mass incarceration. I too often hear the media refer to jail as prison. It’s not and the media should not refer to a jail as a prison.

According to Fordham University School of Law, professor John Pfaff, who studied the 1980’s-2000’s, he learned that more than half of the extra or added prisoners were in fact violent offenders.

He says that of that “only about a 5th of prison inmates are incarcerated for drug offenses, only a sliver of those are in for marijuana. While many of these incarcerated drug offenders have prior convictions for violent crimes. The median state prisoner serves roughly 2 years before being released; 3 quarters are released within roughly 6 years.”

The other key issue is repeat offenders, sometimes while out on bail an offender will be charged with another crime and if the court does not see the newer crime they simply cannot sentence someone accordingly.

Sometimes a court will know about it and choose not to “deal” with it hoping another judge will see it and do something about, sometimes they don’t even care if the other judge will “deal” with it.

Mass incarceration though, the numbers that everyone continues to toss out, the stories, none of that speaks the truth.

When we talk about things like mass incarceration, we have to draw a distinctly clear line for our elected leaders so that they can understand what we are talking about.

Are we saying that we feel too many people are arrested for laws on the books that no longer make sense like laws with regards to marijuana or are we talking about crimes that are violent in nature?

Are we talking about Betty who didn’t pay her traffic fine, court costs or the like who was arrested and thrown in jail for a week or two and ended up losing her job and still can’t pay the fines?

Are we talking about someone who was arrested for the 4th time on a DUI charge in a state that doesn’t charge a 4th time offender as a felon and couldn’t post bail?

Are we talking about someone who was picked up for being a public nuisance while intoxicated, jailed for a few days because they couldn’t post bond then fined beyond their means, and sentenced to classes they really don’t need?

The point is, we need to clear up what it is we are asking for and expect in return, you can’t just toss something out like “end mass incarceration” and expect a result, it doesn’t work that way.

When I look at cases like the Sorrells brother’s who murdered an innocent bystander, her murder was absolutely preventable if they had been appropriately sentenced and not out on parole.

Mass incarceration means different things to different people, it means different things for different reasons and on different levels.

We must be clear about what it is we want from our Government.

Mass incarceration is not the bigger issue, judicial reform is. Holding non-violent offenders without bond for a charge that will be plea bargained down anyway is cruel and punishment enough.

Allowing two violent offenders out early without having had half a chance to pay for the crimes they committed is a call for Judicial Reform at all levels.

Cristal M Clark

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8 year old girl found tortured and murdered

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Malaysia

 

8 year old Nurin Jazlin’s body was found by a shop owner, naked, stuffed into a gym bag in the fetal position. She had been dead for over 6 hours before she was found.

A cucumber and brinjal (eggplant) were found stuffed inside of her which caused her rectum to rupture. A bacterial infection contributed to her death but ultimately her small body just could not take any more.

Nurin had gone to a wet market near her house in Section 1, Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur to buy a hair clip on the night of August 20,  2007. A wet market is a market that sells fresh meat and produce.

Nurin’s badly tortured body was found 26 days after she went missing.

Nurin’s parents did not initially identify the body of their daughter because of the changes the torture and death had caused to her physical appearance. Because her parents did not initially identify her the authorities thought that the child might have been a foreigner because she did not appear to have a scar that all children in Malaysia typically have. The scar would have been caused by the country’s mandatory vaccine to ward off tuberculosis.

That left Nurin’s parent’s to hope that their daughter was still alive however, after a DNA test was given the results confirmed that the dead child was in in fact Nurin Jazlin.

Back in 2007, the murder of Nurin was considered one of the most horrific murders in Malaysian history because the child had endured cruel and horrific acts of sexual torture. This killer wasn’t turned on so much by the the fact that Nurin was a child, it had more to do with the fact that she was helpless, she was unable to stop the torture.

The killer derived great pleasure through Nurin’s pain, if she cried or screamed, struggled, it gave this killer the pleasure he sought until she died.

On September 28th of that year federal agents descended upon a shop which they subsequently raided in Section 7, Shah Alam. They ended up arresting 4 men and 1 woman in connection with Nurin’s murder.

The woman was released immediately after questioning, but the men remained in police custody for a total of 7 days. They were eventually released because the police never had anything they could use to tie them to Nurin’s murder.

The police thought they had a break in the case on October 2nd after having arrested an Indonesian woman at a market in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan because when they confronted her she tried to swallow a SIM card she had with her. But the woman was set free and whatever was on the SIM card was lost.

The police had CCTV footage of the area where the gym bag with Nurin’s body had been found. They sent the footage to the FBI to enhance it and try to identify a suspect. They saw footage of a motorcyclist on September 16th around 1pm carrying a gym bag, presumably the same bag Nurin was found in. The rider left the bag in the exact same shop lot Nurin was found in.

What was odd however, is that investigators also saw footage from an hour later which showed a woman who seemed to be loitering around the the same lot, she was picked up by 3 men.

The enhanced footage still failed to reveal the face of the rider and his license plates.

The case has never been solved. During the 26 days she was missing, Nurin suffered insurmountable acts of sexual torture.

This is one of the most disturbing types of killers because you could be friends with an individual like this. They are charming, nice, they can hold down a job, they might be very attractive, they are intelligent. The point is, someone like this has desires so dark, they don’t normally share them with others, not even the slightest hint of those dark desires. So you would never know it.

But perhaps even more disturbing than merely being friends with an individual such as the the one who tortured and killed little Nurin is that, there is a market for this type of sexual torture against a child. A market that is also quite lucrative.

Children are taken and sought out for acts of sexual torture and some of those acts are so horrendous that the child dies which makes the video worth even more. Some in this world like that, they get off on it and so the market is a lucrative one.

More than likely, Nurin was abducted by an individual who was part of a bigger group. A group that makes video’s of children being sexually abused and tortured. Somewhere, there is a video of this little girl’s abuse and subsequent death.

It’s no wonder that investigators did not solve this case. Cases like this are at best difficult to crack, particularly if her abductor is part of a larger group.

What we do know is that this child endured some pretty severe sexual torture and someone recorded video of her torture and death.

Cristal M Clark

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CIA contracted psychologists getting sued, in turn they sue the CIA

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The United States Central Intelligence Agency

The program was called the “enhanced interrogation program.” James Elmer Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen are considered the architects of the program because they created it.

As you all may be very well aware, earlier this year a Federal Judge cleared the way for victims of the CIA’s torture program to sue the CIA.

As a matter of fact, this was the first time in US history that a Judge has ruled that anyone can file this type of civil lawsuit against the CIA.

So, as you can imagine the CIA decided it was time to blame someone because why would they take accountability for a program they didn’t create but simply approved of….and used?

That someone ended up being 2 contracted-psychologists who worked for them for having devised such ways to torture an individual in an effort to gain intel.

And now the 2, contracted CIA psychologists are in turn, suing the CIA so that they can prove that the torture program was in fact, not their fault after all.

On Monday a motion to compel the documents, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. It alleged that the CIA and Justice Department had been uncooperative in supplying James Elmer Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen with “documents critical to their defense.”

So what basically happened was, these two guys asked the CIA for the needed documents and the CIA denied the request, they did however offer to have an anonymous witness answer questions in writing. Actually, I believe the motion said that the Government offered to provide “alternative and creative options,” rather than hand over documents.

How it all started?

Well, James and Bruce were hired by the Central Intelligence Agency back in 2002 in all, they walked away with a cool $81 million for the work that they did for and with the CIA.

They were hired to devise a very horrific torture program for the CIA to utilize so as to get intelligence information from suspects.

The CIA at the time was scrambling to round up anyone that they could who might have had ties with or to al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Both James and Bruce personally feel that they should have immunity from prosecution over the program because it was authorized by the executive branch during a time of war.

The tricky part about that is, should they really be granted immunity as contractors of the Government? Typically, contractors are not afforded that luxury so why would anyone consider making that exception now?

The former contracted psychologists, James and Bruce have tried to have the lawsuit against them thrown out by arguing that the CIA was legally responsible for the program. Technically speaking, that is true of course.

The CIA hired these guys to come up with the program specifics and well, in the real world when you hire someone to come up with specifics for a program it is up to the contractor to ensure all applicable laws will be followed and the hiring agency is aware of anything that might cause a small issue such as, inhumane human torture.

And to the dismay of both James and Bruce Senior Judge Justin L. Quackenbush of the Eastern District of Washington ruled in April that the case would continue and ordered both sides to begin discovery, which is the process of exchanging evidence before trial.

This is where James and Bruce started having issues with the CIA. James and Bruce said in their motion that the subpoenas they submitted to the CIA and DOJ in June requested approximately 30 categories of documents.

The  government has been less than cooperative with the request. James and Bruce alleged through the motion they filed, that basically the government said that they’d love to help the defendants and give them the requested documents but they are “unsure how they can provide such information or when.”

The Department of Justice and CIA shot back that the “psychologists’ request is overly vague and burdensome, ostensibly because of classification issues in the documents related to the CIA’s now defunct torture program.”

Instead the government offered James and Bruce some alternative and creative options. One which was that the CIA would provide an anonymous witness who could answer questions in writing that could be used in court about the team’s role in the torture program.

Seriously that is what the motion alleged. The not so funny part about that, it’s a witness who may or may not have had direct contact with James or Bruce, and the testimony may end up being tossed because it could be viewed as hearsay which would be true in this case.

I agree that maybe the program did go a little too far in some cases, I mean one person froze to death while being held and interrogated.

The program ran over the course of 5 years. 119 men were abused using the techniques devised by James and Bruce. The 3 plaintiffs in the suit were among the 39 subjected to the what many consider as the most harsh torture and scientific experimentation.

Anal penetration, mock execution, being doused with ice cold water, and enduring something a lot like waterboarding and much more.

In 2012, the DOJ announced that CIA officials responsible for the torture regime would not be facing any criminal charges.

This news upset a lot of people and rightfully so. Just because they didn’t come up with the program, they knew it was wrong, they knew it was inhumane to do what they were doing to another human being.

It’s been proven so many times that victims of extreme torture will in fact lie just to make it stop, so did it really get anyone any closer to what it was they were looking for?

Some might argue that flying planes into the Twin Towers was inhumane and wrong and I agree but being the monster in order to fight the monster doesn’t work.

I know that first hand.

At the end of the day, James and Bruce will most likely if the case isn’t eventually thrown out, be the one’s paying the most for the CIA’s ill fated torture program regardless of who actually committed the acts of torture.

The program in and of itself, that was devised by James and Bruce tends to read a lot like many of the cold cases I pour through each week, the torture of the victims, the many ways they died.

James and Bruce each have the mind of a predator who tortures, maims, and kills it’s prey much like being in the head of a killer or rapist.

Cristal M Clark

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Police Caught Playing Pokémon Go while working

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But walking is good for your mental and physical health…right?

Earlier this week news broke that two Commerce City, Colorado police officers are now facing discipline for well, playing Pokémon Go instead of actually working.

The officers were caught by one of their supervisors in unusual places and it was quickly determined they were chasing cartoon characters and not any actual criminals.

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This announcement comes just after last week’s announcement that the Department of Justice has agreed to look at the departments police practices. The department decided to participate in the DOJ’s new program aimed at police reform.

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The Commerce City, Colorado police department has faced years of complaints from the union, officers and citizens. They have recently dealt with officer misconduct and in 2011 the police union for the department presented the department with some concerns, two of which were poor management and cover-ups.

The city brought in an investigator to look into the union’s claims but that didn’t go so well because as it turned out that particular investigator was accused of having a conflict of interest and long story short is, since then the city has face several lawsuits, which of course they settled them rather than go to court.

It’s also worth a mention that  union chief Tom Boskovich says turnover among officers in Commerce City is pretty much off the charts.

The Justice Department’s Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance which is volunteer by the way, works to analyze a police department’s policies, training and practices.

The DOJ claims that the program keeps an eye toward finding the specific problems that are causing it trouble in the community.

Quite frankly, since the program is new, only time will tell so we’ll have to wait and see if the DOJ can handle what’s coming for them with the recent findings in Boston, Oakland is still a mess, Cleveland, Portland is trying to take a step in the right direction but who knows.

Then look at Chicago, which granted has a huge number of shootings, they also have an equally large number of issues with regards to police misconduct, New York had a cop who was also a pimp, in Texas a cop was also a member of the Mexican Mafia in uniform…that’s just the tip of the iceberg considering stories are becoming more readily available. Daily.

In looking at some of the DOJ’s past history with investigating some of these departments and the outcome of those investigations, not only were some of the departments (like Oakland) still a problem, the investigations took forever but it also, ended up costing taxpayers a lot of money.

I just have this one nagging question…

Will the Justice Department’s Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance prevent cops from playing Playing Pokémon Go while on duty or does that not fall within the scope of “problems that are trouble in the community?”

Cristal M Clark

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