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Justice Department to End Use of Private Prisons

August 18, 2016
The Justice Department will no longer use privately operated prisons after concluding the facilities compare poorly to their federally operated counterparts.

DOJ Mandated Police Reforms Expected to Strain Baltimore Budget

August 11, 2016
Implementing changes is costly. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said other big police departments have spent between $5 million and $10 million a year to impose fixes, and she anticipates a similar bill for Baltimore.

DOJ Issues Report Saying Baltimore PD Violated Rights of Black Residents, Department and Union Respond

August 11, 2016
Gene Ryan, president of Baltimore City FOP Lodge 3, issued a statement saying the department's and the city's leaders should be blamed for the conditions described in the DOJ report and saying pressure from command on street officers to achieve favorable statistics in Compstat led to abuses.

DOJ Report Says Distrust of Police Causing Rise in Crime Rate

June 16, 2016
A loss of trust could have made residents of those places less likely to share information with law enforcement about dangerous criminals. With a newfound sense of impunity, these criminals might have begun committing even more crimes. And threatened by the violence, neighbors might have armed themselves instead of going to the police for protection, the theory suggests.

Why is Congress Reforming a Program That Has No Funding?

February 29, 2016

The Asset Forfeiture Fund is self-financed from seizures of property owned by criminals and it helps law enforcement agencies pay for resources and officers, so why is Congress cutting it as part of a budget deal?

Video: DOJ Sues Ferguson After Council Votes to Revise Consent Decree

February 12, 2016
The U.S. Department of Justice accused Ferguson of numerous constitutional violations in a 56-page lawsuit filed Wednesday, saying that the City Council had in fact rejected a proposed agreement the night before — despite Ferguson officials repeated claims to the contrary.

DOJ Sues Ferguson After Council Votes to Revise Consent Decree

February 12, 2016
The U.S. Department of Justice accused Ferguson of numerous constitutional violations in a 56-page lawsuit filed Wednesday, saying that the City Council had in fact rejected a proposed agreement the night before — despite Ferguson officials repeated claims to the contrary. More Here.

San Francisco Chief Asks DOJ to Review Department in Wake of Controversial OIS

January 4, 2016
Police Chief Greg Suhr has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review the San Francisco Police Department’s policies, procedures and training, police said Thursday amid criticism for the fatal shooting of Mario Woods on Dec. 2.

Feds Launch Civil Rights Investigation of Chicago PD

December 7, 2015
Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday announced a wide-ranging investigation into the Chicago Police Department in the wake of an uproar over a video showing a fatal police shooting 14 months ago.

Emanuel Now Open to Justice Department Review of Chicago Police

December 4, 2015
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday reversed his opposition to a possible U.S. Justice Department review of the Chicago Police Department's practices, the type of investigation that has led to federal court oversight and sweeping reforms in other troubled, big-city police departments throughout the country.

DOJ Lawyers Sent to Minneapolis to Investigate Police Shooting That Sparked Protests

November 23, 2015
Federal and state authorities have thus far resisted releasing the footage. Cameras from an ambulance, mobile police camera, public housing cameras and cell phone footage caught the shooting. However, police say none of the videos show the full incident and that releasing them could compromise the investigation.

DOJ Set to Release 6,000 Prisoners from Federal Prison

October 6, 2015
The panel estimated that its change in sentencing guidelines eventually could result in 46,000 of the nation’s approximately 100,000 drug offenders in federal prison qualifying for early release. The 6,000 figure, which has not been reported previously, is the first tranche in that process.

DOJ Recommends Racial Bias Probe of St. Louis County Traffic Stops

October 2, 2015
But the county police's use of force between 2009 and 2013 was significantly lower than the national average, and the federal analysis of traffic stop data is not sufficient to provide actual evidence of bias in vehicle stops on the part of county police, the feds found.

Justice Department to Require Warrants for Some Cellphone Tracking

September 4, 2015
The Justice Department announced a policy Thursday that will require its law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant to deploy cellphone-tracking devices in criminal investigations and inform judges when they plan to use them.

Video: Sheriff Clarke Blames President for "War on Police"

August 31, 2015
"I am too pissed off tonight to be diplomatic with what’s going on and I’m not going to stick my head in the sand about it," Clarke said. "I said last December war had been declared on the American police officer led by some high profile people, one coming out of the White House, and one coming out of the United States Department of Justice. And it’s open season right now. No doubt about it."

Justice Department Opens Probe into Shooting of South Carolina Man

August 13, 2015
Hammond was shot by a police officer on July 26 while in the parking lot of a Hardee's fast-food restaurant in Seneca, according to Eric Bland, one of the attorneys representing the late teen's family.

DOJ Report Slams Missouri Agencies' Response to Ferguson Protests

June 30, 2015
The report suggests that last year’s unrest was aggravated by long-standing community animosity toward Ferguson police, and by a failure of commanders to provide more details to the public after an officer killed Michael Brown.

DOJ Launches Civil Rights Probe of Baltimore PD

May 8, 2015
"This investigation will begin immediately," Lynch said, adding that investigators will examine whether police violated the constitutional rights of residents.

DOJ Announces $20 Million Program to Help Agencies Buy Body Cameras

May 1, 2015
The program includes $17 million in competitive grants for the purchase of body-worn cameras, $2 million for training and technical assistance and $1 million for the development of evaluation tools to study best practices. The pilot program is part of President Obama’s proposal to invest $75 million over three years to purchase 50,000 body-worn cameras for law enforcement agencies.

Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

April 23, 2015
Loretta Lynch was confirmed Thursday as the first African American woman to serve as attorney general.
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