An Alabama Sheriff, a Mystery Check and a Blogger Who Cried Foul

By | April 6th, 2018|Police & Community|

DECATUR, Ala. — One evening last fall, an informant for the Morgan County sheriff entered the office of a small construction business near this old river town and, he said, secretly installed spyware on a company computer. He had no warrant.

The sheriff, Ana Franklin, wanted to know

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Government Watchdog Finds Racial Bias in School Discipline

By | April 5th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

WASHINGTON — Black students continue to be disciplined at school more often and more harshly than their white peers, often for similar infractions, according to a new report by Congress’s nonpartisan watchdog agency, which counters claims fueling the Trump administration’s efforts to re-examine discipline policies of the Obama administration.

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Trump Plans to Send National Guard to the Mexican Border

By | April 4th, 2018|Immigration|

WASHINGTON — The White House said Tuesday night that President Trump planned to deploy the National Guard to the southern border to confront what it called a growing threat of illegal immigrants, drugs and crime from Central America after the president for the third consecutive day warned about the looming dangers

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Police Shootings Stir Outrage Among Some, But Not The Supreme Court

By | April 3rd, 2018|Police & Community|

The U.S. Supreme Court has again stepped into the bitter public turmoil over police shootings of civilians, ruling Monday that an Arizona police officer is shielded from being sued for shooting a woman in her own front yard.

The court said the officer acted reasonably, given that the woman, Amy Hughes, was carrying a large kitchen

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Inside a Private Prison: Blood, Suicide and Poorly Paid Guards

By | April 3rd, 2018|Police & Community|

JACKSON, Miss. — On the witness stand and under pressure, Frank Shaw, the warden of the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, could not guarantee that the prison was capable of performing its most basic function.

Asked if the guards were supposed to keep inmates in their cells, he said,

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ICE arrests farmworkers, sparking fears in the Central Valley over immigrants and the economy

By | April 2nd, 2018|Immigration|

Jesus Aceves was driving three of his fellow farmworkers to the tomato fields in the early-morning darkness when he saw lights flash behind him.

ICE agents pulled him over and asked for his license, registration and insurance and, most forebodingly, whether the men were in the United States legally.

Aceves and his passengers were

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Trump Budget Would Eliminate Justice Department’s Peacemaking Office

By | April 2nd, 2018|Intergroup Relations|

The Community Relations Service was born out of one of the most contentious periods in American history — the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

The Justice Department peacemaking office established by the 1964 Civil Rights Act has provided communities dealing with racial or other tensions with professional mediators and other confidential services to help resolve

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Why Southern California law enforcement, including the LA Sheriff’s Department, is struggling to hire

By | April 2nd, 2018|Police & Community|

Early one morning before the Inland heat burned the chill off the air outdoors, dozens of men and a handful of women in workout clothes sweated their way through pushups, sit-ups and a 1.5-mile run.

A white-haired man in a tan Riverside County Sheriff’s Department polo shirt gave everyone a pep talk before the run, which

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Where Companies Welcome Refugees, the More, the Better

By | April 2nd, 2018|Employment & Housing, Immigration|

SILVER SPRING, Md. — With forecasters expecting the unemployment rate to sink further this week, the chorus of complaints about worker shortages — from custodians to computer prodigies — has swelled.

Yet companies that turn to labor recruiters like Ray Wiley tend to have an especially tough

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Here’s what you need to know about where DACA stands

By | April 2nd, 2018|Immigration|

It’s been a time of uncertainty for the roughly 700,000 young unauthorized immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Obama-era program, known as DACA, granted temporary work permits and protection from deportation for young adults who arrived in the U.S. as children.

Once someone qualified, that status had to be renewed every

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