Criminal Justice Reform

Civil Rights Investigation into Phoenix Police Launched

The Justice Department launches a civil rights investigation into the Phoenix police department The Justice Department announced a civil rights investigation on Aug. 5 into the Phoenix police department to investigate its use of force and policies on dealing with homeless residents.  This is the third federal probe into local law enforcement under the Biden …

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Oregon Legislature Passes a Deception Bill that Prevents Police from Lying to Youth During Interrogations

Oregon Legislature Passes a Deception Bill that Prevents Police from Lying to Youth During Interrogations  In June, Oregon became the second state to pass a deception bill that prevents law enforcement from lying to people under the age of 18 during interrogations. The bill bans false promises of leniency and false claims about the existence …

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New Wording on a Budget Bill Could Allow DPS to Deny Requests for Body Cam Footage

“Eleventh-hour language” was recently added to a budget bill on the eve of the anniversary of George Floyd’s and Dion Johnson’s deaths. This would potentially give DPS (Department of Public Safety) more leverage on denying public record requests for bodycam footage on state troopers. There is worry from legal advocates and media organizations that the …

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