Morning Links: A victims’ rights test, more changes at NYPD, no link between crime and prison realignment

•  Suffolk County, N.Y., police officer accused of illegally stopping Latino drivers, then taking their money from them.

•  Pharmacy mistake leads to legal nightmare for elderly couple. I’d add here that even if the guy did take the extra six pills, arresting him for it seems excessive.

William Bratton says the New York Police Department will stop sending rookie cops into high-crime areas to break them in. I guess that’s good. But it seems like a horrendous idea, for both cops and those communities. You have to wonder why they’ve been doing it in the first place.

Study finds no link between California’s prison realignment and increases in crime.

• More police departments are instructing officers to carry nalaxone, a drug that reverses heroin overdoses. Seems like a no-brainer, but in the past, some drug war proponents have objected to making the drug more available, claiming that overdoses are good deterrent to drug use.

•  “Victims’ rights” advocates argue that the victims of crimes should be able to testify at sentencing hearings, presumably to persuade judges and juries to opt for more severe sentences. But in Colorado, the family of a murder victim is asking for mercy. Prosecutors want to silence them.

Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."
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