Criminal Justice

Several weeks ago, I attended the Memphis Police Department’s 26th Citizens Police Academy Graduation at Grace Life Pentecostal Church at 4820 S. Germantown Rd. In a deadline crunch, I settled upon putting a trio of photographs with captions on Page 6 of the newspaper. It was a solid decision. The...
NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam has granted executive clemency to 11 people as he inches closer to the end of his final term in office. Haslam announced Thursday he issued pardons to seven people and commutations to four people. Neither action resulted in the immediate release of anyone from prison. Previously,...
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By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A rare bipartisan deal in Congress to overhaul federal sentencing laws passed after a few black ministers, leaders and lawmakers forged an alliance with President Donald Trump, who some have condemned as racist for the last two years. The reforms could offer a...
A Tennessee doctor faces a decades-long prison sentence after being charged in connection with “a massive opioid distribution and healthcare fraud scheme,” according to authorities. Dr. Samson Orusa was charged Thursday with “maintaining a drug-involved premises, 22 counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance outside the bounds of professional medical...
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Rapper Meek Mill is in the New York Times this week with a powerful op-ed on criminal justice reform. If you remember, in November 2017, Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced the Philly native to two to four years–claiming he violated his probation. Upon his early release in April 2018, he has led...
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By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Veteran Alabama law enforcement officer Mark Pettway grew up in a black neighborhood called "Dynamite Hill" because the Ku Klux Klan bombed so many houses there in the 1950s and '60s. Now, after becoming the first black person elected sheriff in Birmingham -...
This undated photo provided by the Ector County Texas Sheriff's Office shows Samuel Little. A Texas prosecutor says Little, convicted in three California murders but long suspected in dozens of deaths, now claims he was involved in about 90 killings nationwide. The prosecutor says 78-year-old Little is now charged...
The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis will release its 2018 Policy Papers at its annual open house on Thursday (Nov. 15). Set for 6 p.m. in the University Center River Room (300), the focus will be on identifying and proposing solutions to contemporary...
The Shelby County Commission on Monday voted in favor of a joint resolution with the Memphis City Council to ask the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) to probe all sheriff- and police-involved shootings that result in serious injury or death. The measure would amend a memorandum of understanding between the...
"At long last this building famously known as '201 Poplar' will be given a real name," said newly-elected Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. That name is the Walter L. Bailey, Jr. Criminal Justice Center. A dedication service on a chilling Friday afternoon noted the renaming of the Shelby County Criminal Justice...