- A Pennsylvania prosecutor has been suspended for failing to disclose exculpatory evidence. The Open File points out that “this happens every day.” (The withholding evidence part at least. Not so much the suspension part.)
- Families of inmates in Mississippi are paying thousands in “protection money” to other inmates and prison guards to keep their relatives safe.
- West Virginia seems to be particularly fond of incarcerating children, sometimes for minor offenses.
- Small towns are discovering that it can be pretty expensive to maintain all that cool military gear they get from the Pentagon. This is usually when they also learn that if they start using it to serve drug warrants, they can generate revenue through federal grants and civil asset forfeiture.
- In some cities, Cop Watch activists say police agencies are retaliating against them for their efforts to monitor officer misconduct.
- The data say that texting and driving isn’t as dangerous as you might think. There are also lots of unintended consequences of texting prohibitions that I doubt most lawmakers have considered.
- A new Open Society report looks at the global use and abuse of pretrial detention.
- A look at the expensive, unnecessary licensure requirements that prevent African hair braiders from making a living.
Democracy Dies in Darkness