BBC Investigation Puts Spotlight On Dating App ‘Stings’ Targeting LGBT Egyptians
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by TCR Staff
1h ago
While Egypt has no law explicitly banning homosexuality, investigators for BBC News have found that the country’s crime of “debauchery,” a law targeting sex work, has been used to target and criminalize the normal lives of LGBT Egyptians. The journalists reviewed transcripts that show undercover officers posing as LGBT singles online and on dating apps and pressuring people who ‘match’ and message with them to meet them in person or exchange pictures. These people are later charged with “debauchery,” despite some engaging in perfectly legal social and sexual behavior. In one case where Egyptia ..read more
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Alabama To Free Hundreds Of Inmates
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by TCR Staff
1h ago
The Alabama Department of Corrections is planning the early release of 369 inmates across the state tomorrow, some two percent of their latest population census. On Tuesday, hundreds of inmates statewide, most set to end their sentences within a few months to a year already, will be released to the supervision of the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles, Advance Local reports. The change comes from an amendment to a 2015 reform law that was passed in 2021 and goes into effect on January 31, 2023. Inmates participating in the early release will be required to use electronic ankle monitors and ..read more
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Report: Could The ‘Sharing Economy’ Help Decrease Crime?
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by Zoltan Lucas
1h ago
A recent research report has found that the sharing economy, which includes businesses like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb, could be disruptive enough to influence crime trends and bring crime down.  The research article, titled Crime Sharing: How the Sharing Economy May Impact Crime Victims, was authored by Ben Stickle, Ph.D., a professor of Criminal Justice Administration at Middle Tennessee State University.  Aside from a decrease in criminal activity, Stickle also sees the sharing economy potentially influencing a move away from traditional, government-run justice systems towards prevent ..read more
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Ohio Prison Guard Arrested For Allegedly Smuggling Drugs To Inmate
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by TCR Staff
1h ago
A prison guard at the state-run Lorain Correction Institution in Grafton, Ohio, was arrested Monday on a federal charge of conspiring to distribute drugs, Adam Ferrise reports for Cleveland.com. Daryl Gus resigned last Friday after being confronted by investigators about the case, which alleges he smuggled crystal meth and other drugs into the prison for an inmate. According to court documents, Gus confessed that he smuggled items including into the prison on multiple occasions and that he had been paid about $10,000 total ‘so far ..read more
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US Office For Victims Of Crime Celebrates 20 years of Anti-Trafficking Programs
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by Zoltan Lucas
1h ago
To mark National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the U.S. Office For Victims Of Crime (OVC) celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its Anti-Trafficking Programs on Thursday. The event highlighted the theme of Collaboration, Transformation, and Impact and how necessary grant funding has been for fighting human trafficking. “We will continue to bring the full force of the Department to the fight against human trafficking. We will continue to bring traffickers to justice,” said U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland as he recognized some of the achievements of OVC, the DOJ branch aimed at protecti ..read more
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Memphis PD Dismantles SCORPION Unit After Tyre Nichols Death
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by TCR Staff
9h ago
The Memphis Police Department announced on Saturday that it is deactivating its specialized SCORPION unit. SCORPION officers were involved in the death of Tyre Nichols in early January, Joe Hernandez reports for NPR. Other officers in the unit “unreservedly agree with this next step,” a statement from the department said. “While the heinous actions of a few cast a cloud of dishonor on the title SCORPION… it is imperative that we, the Memphis Police Department, take proactive steps in the healing process for all impacted,” the statement continued. SCORPION stands for Street Crimes Operations to ..read more
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Scottish Gov’t Pauses Placement of Some Transgender Women In Women’s Prison
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by TCR Staff
9h ago
The Scottish Government has announced that they will be pausing the placement of transgender women who have a history of abuse or sexual violence against women in women’s prisons, Craig Paton reports for the Scotsman. This announcement comes after a transgender woman, Isla Bryson, who raped two women, was reportedly set to be placed in Scotland’s only all women’s prison. Bryson will now be placed into an all-male prison. Scotland Justice Secretary Keith Brown noted in a Good Morning Scotland interview that the five transgender women currently housed in the country’s all-female prison have neve ..read more
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California City Approves Bonus Program to Attract More Experienced Police Officers And Trainees
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by TCR Staff
9h ago
National City in San Diego County has approved a $30,000 hiring bonus for police academy graduates or working police officers to work for the National City Police Department, Tammy Murga reports for The San Diego Union-Tribune. National City has one of the highest-paid police departments in San Diego County. Officers will get a $30,0000 bonus total: $10,000 at hiring, $10,000 after completing their probation period and $10,000 after two years in service. Molly Brennan, administrative services director with the city, said that by hiring officers who have already gone through a six-month academy ..read more
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Color Of Change Starts Petitions With Demands Following Death of Tyre Nichols
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by TCR Staff
2d ago
The racial justice advocacy organization Color of Change has issued a new petition featuring demands the organization plans to present to the city of Memphis following the death of Tyre Nichols and the videos released tonight of the incident that led to his death. The officers involved have been fired and charged with murder. The petition proposes the following demands: and end to pretextual stops, elimination of the “Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in our Neighborhoods” (SCORPION) task force, funding of a civilian response unit and elimination of the MPD’s Organized Crime Unit ..read more
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Police Footage of Deadly Force Incident Against Tyre Nichols Released
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by TCR Staff
2d ago
The footage from the scene of Tyre Nichols’ death has been released. The City of Memphis has released four partially redacted videos from that day: one body-worn camera video from one location and two body-worn camera videos and one pole camera video without audio from a second location. The videos are graphic, and we warn readers to follow these links at their own discretion.  National and local politicians, officials and police departments across the country have released their own statements about Nichols’ death.  See also: Officials Respond To Death of Tyre Nichols, Officers Char ..read more
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