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- Criminal justice experts are calling for the creation of an inspector general position for the New York City Police Department. Such an investigator would review some of the NYPD’s controversial tactics such as its aggressive stop and frisk program.
- During the third-party candidates’ debate, three of the four participants said they support marijuana legalization and ending the war on drugs.
- Yet another lawsuit has been filed against the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio alleging the wrongful death of a mentally ill man who died in one of Arpaio’s jails after he was allegedly beaten by officers and shot with a stun gun.
- Felons who are eligible to vote remain a “powerful yet shunned voting bloc” that could account for as much as ten percent of the voting populace, but the candidates are conducting only limited outreach to this group. Of course, many felons are disfranchised by state laws, and states haven’t done much to inform felons of when their rights have been restored.