Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert Gets 15 Months in Prison; Tells Judge He’s ‘Deeply Ashamed’

By Allan Lengel ticklethewire.com Capping a shameful chapter for Congress, a federal judge in Chicago on Wednesday sentenced¬†former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert to 15 months in federal prison, a punishment that was more severe than what prosecutors had recommended and one that clearly took into account the sexual abuse allegations, the Washington Post reports.¬†….

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Help on Way for Alabama Prison Where Female Inmates Raped, Beaten

By Steve Neavling ticklethewire.com The Justice Department has reached an agreement with the state of Alabama to undergo monitoring and serious reforms following years of complaints about female inmates being sexually assaulted by corrections staff, the Washington Post reports. An investigation by the Justice Department found that female inmates lived in a “toxic environment” at…

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Justice Department Finds Rampant Abuse at New York City Youth Jails

Steve Neavling ticklethewire.com New York City’s juvenile jails are rife with abuse, and the constitutional rights of teenagers are often trampled by guards, according to a newly released Justice Department report. The Associated Press reports that the federal investigation revealed “rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force” at Rikers Island juvenile jail facilities for teenagers…

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