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Breaking: Ex-New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin Gets 10 Years in Prison

Mayor Nagin/city photo

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Another ex-big city mayor is headed to federal prison.

On Wednesday, C. Ray Nagin, the ex-mayor New Orleans was sentenced to 10 years in prison on corruption charges. He was convicted in February.

Nagin was found guilty in February on 20 counts that included kickbacks from contractors seeking city work, the New York Times reported.  The kickbacks came in cash and trips and other things of value.

He was arrested in January 2013, nearly three years after he left office.

Last year in Detroit, ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was hit with a harsh sentence of 28-years for bribery, kickbacks and tax related charges.

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Judge: Even Convicted Terrorists Have Right to Call Friends, Relatives from Prison

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Even a convicted terrorist has a right to communicate with friends and relatives.

So ruled U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger in the case of Khalfan Khamis Mohammed, who sued the FBI because he was barred from communicating with a list of 32 friends and relatives, the Associated Press reports.

Mohammed, who is in federal prison in southern California, was convicted of killing 11 people and injuring 85 in the 1998 bombing of a U.S. embassy in Tanzania.

The judge said authorities couldn’t bar a prisoner from calling friends and family unless the inmate poses a real national security threat.

The FBI, the judge ruled, didn’t present sufficient evidence that Mohammed posed dangers while in prison.

More than Third of Released Prisoners Arrested Within 6 Months of Release

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If prison is designed to prevent repeat offenses, it’s failing miserably.

Business Insider reports that more than a third of state prisoners were arrested within six months of being released, and that number jumped to 56.7% within the first year, 67.8% within three years and 76.6 % within five years.

Those numbers were even higher for inmates who were 24 years old and younger.

The staggering statistics raise serious questions about the role of prisons and their ability to rehabilitate offenders.

Property offenders were most likely to land in trouble again, with 82.1% committing crimes within five years of being released from prison.

Dogged by Controversy During First Term, Attorney General Holder Hits Ground Running in Second Term

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After four years of attacks and controversies, Attorney General appears to be finally settling in during his second term under President Obama.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Holder “has tackled his responsibilities with newfound energy and determination, surprising critics and supporters alike by striking out on a broad, ambitious and unapologetically liberal agenda.”

Here’s what he’s done: shortened prison sentences, pursued mega-banks for fraud and plans to ban federal agents from basing investigations on discriminatory practices.

“I am focusing on issues — really focusing on issues — in these last few weeks that have been near and dear to me for as long as I’ve been a lawyer,” Holder said in an interview. “This whole notion of criminal justice reform, civil rights enforcement — all these are the kinds of things that animated me and that made me want to become a lawyer in the first place.”

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Justice Department Searches for Crack Cocaine Convicts to Be Freed from Prison

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A disproportionate number of low-level drug criminals who are behind bars are African Americans sentenced under strict laws from the days of the crack epidemic.

Hoping to correct that disparity, the Justice Department is encouraging defense lawyers to help identify inmates for clemency, the New York Times reports.

Penalties for drug offenses involving crack were often more severe than those with powder cocaine.

So far, Obama has commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates sentenced to harsh sentences because of crack.

“There are more low-level, nonviolent drug offenders who remain in prison, and who would likely have received a substantially lower sentence if convicted of precisely the same offenses today,” Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole said. “This is not fair, and it harms our criminal justice system.”

Justice Department Finds Alabama Failed to Protect Female Inmates from Sexual Abuse

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department leveled serious allegations against Alabama officials, saying the state failed to protect female prisoners from being sexually assaulted and harassed by correctional staff, Fox 6 WBRC reports.

“Tutwiler has a history of unabated staff-on-prisoner sexual abuse and harassment,” the department wrote in a report to Gov. Robert Bentley. “The women at Tutwiler universally fear for their safety. They live in a sexualized environment with repeated and open sexual behavior, including: abusive sexual contact between staff and prisoners; sexualized activity, including a strip show condoned by staff; profane and unprofessional sexualized language and harassment; and deliberate cross-gender viewing of prisoners showering, urinating, and defecating.”

The governor’s office expressed support for the investigation.

“Governor Bentley has been supportive of Commissioner Thomas’ proactive measures to address the needs and issues in our prison system. The Department of Corrections has been putting recommendations from the NIC report in place since last January. It is important to ensure safety of inmates and staff inside our prisons, and the Governor is supportive of Commissioner Thomas’ efforts to do just that.”

A Free Man, Ex-NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik Now Pushes for Prison Reform

Bernie Kerik/ photo from his website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

What’s Ex-NY Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik up to since he was released from federal prison after serving about three years?

For one, he’s back to running the Kerik Group, that provides security and countterrorism services internationally.

He’s also pushing for prison reform.

Kerik emailed a press release Sunday stating that he’s pushing for prison reform, and plans to deliver a speech on Jan. 29 at the Arlington Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA, to talk about a prison system he says is in dire need of repair.

His press release states:

Too many people are being sent to prison for non-violent offenses. The US has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners. One in 31 Americans are behind bars, on probation or on parole. Our system of justice is too costly to the taxpayers and to family and friends of those being  incarcerated. Bernard Kerik has had a bird’s eye view and has come out of prison with specific recommendations.

In 2004, President George W. Bush nominated Kerik to serve as  Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. A week later, he withdrew his name after admitting he failed to pay payroll taxes for his children’s nanny.

He ended up pleading guilty to income tax charges and lying to the federal government. He was sentenced to four years in prison and ended up serving about three years. He was released from federal custody last Oct. 15.

Last November, Matt Lauer of the Today Show interviewed Kerik about his life behind bars. (See the interview below).

 

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Alabama Man Gets 20 Years in Prison for Assaulting Border Patrol Agents, Causing Deadly Crash

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Alabama man who assaulted Border Patrol agents in Texas and then caused a crash that killed two people and severely injured another, will spend 20 years in prison, Al.com reports.

David Steiner, 39, charged at three Border Patrol agents with a stolen car while trying to flee from a traffic stop in May 2012. He later crashed into an oncoming car.

A U.S. District judge sentenced him to 20 years in prison, AL.com reported.

Steiner pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting, resisting, or impeding an officer by using a deadly or dangerous weapon.