Late Morning Links: Isolation program in federal prisons denied prisoners due process

  • A bipartisan Senate report says Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Charles Edwards delayed or played down investigations and critical reports, and improperly sought input from the public officials his office is supposed to hold accountable.
  • Cleveland is the latest city to set up a conviction integrity unit to seek out people behind bars who may be innocent.
  • Documents show that federal prisoners chosen for a controversial isolation program were chosen for their outspokenness, were abused, were denied due process and were disproportionately Muslim.
  • Speaking of which, here’s how solitary confinement affects the brain.
  • Albuquerque police have shot and killed another citizen. From what has been reported, the shooting looks justified, but it doesn’t exactly engender trust between the public and the embattled policy agency when the video from the officer’s lapel camera has gone missing or may have never existed in the first place.
  • Enron-inspired law used to prosecute fisherman. This shouldn’t surprise you.
  • Headline of the day.
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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