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Justice Department: California Prisons’ Handling of Riots Often Violate Federal Constitution

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

California prisons are violating the federal constitution by isolating people based on race after a riot, the Associated Press reports.

When a riot breaks out, officers often lock up entire races of people to prevent further violence.

But the Justice Department said in a recent court filing that the practice violates the 14th amendment, which guarantees equal protection, the AP wrote.

The policy “is not based on any individual analysis of prisoner behavior, but rather on generalized fears of racial violence. Indeed, the policy affects hundreds of prisoners throughout the (prison) system who the state acknowledges have absolutely no gang ties or history of violence,” according to the filing signed by the chiefs of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

Before Az. Shooting Loughner Looked at Websites on Assassinations and Lethal Injections

Jared Loughner/pima county sheriff photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

More is spilling out about Arizona shooter Jared Loughner in the weeks before he went on a shooting spree that would stun the country.

The Washington Post’s Sari Horwitz reports that weeks and days before the shooting, Loughner surfed the Internet on his computer “in what investigators believe was an effort to prepare for his alleged assassination attempt, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation said.”

The Post reports that Loughner looked at websites about lethal injections,and solitary confinement and political assassinations. Investigators gleaned the information from an analysis of Loughner’s computer.

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