Police and Prisons Archive

What is a Taser

In 1969, NASA researcher Jack Cover would begin work on a device that would come to revolutionize law enforcement. In 1974, that device was completed. The TASER, short for Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle, fired …

What Rights do Inmates actually have

What rights do inmates in prison have while they are serving their sentence? It depends on the crime upon which they are convicted and the severity of which that crime was committed. Anyone who has murdered or …

Morality of Corporate Inprisonment

For much of human history, various forms of punishment have been used in response to offenses against established law. Although the use of incarcerating an individual has been used throughout time, its use as a …

Prison Overcrowding in Texas

If Texas is so concerned about this issue and the large amounts of prisoners waiting for “beds” in various rehabs and halfway houses, why are there only 5 {for men and 2 for women} SAFPF …

Behavior Control with Tazers

Behavior control with tazers The use of tazers as weapons for behavioral control is becoming alarming, as well as increasingly controversial because of the number of deaths associated with their usage. One must suggest that …

How to Improve Todays Prisons

Today’s prisons are a vast improvement over what prisons were even a few decades ago.  Historically speaking, it’s easy to see how the prisons of times past needed to be improved.  Debtors prisons, for example, kept …

Civilians Soldiers and the Rules of War

The “rules of war”, are an oft referred to, but poorly understood thing. Being a veteran, I will lay out a few simple things that were pounded into our soldierly heads during basic and advanced …

Improvement in Todays Prisons

It would seem the worst of the worst go to prison, but such is not the case. Statistically, the United States locks up not only poor people, but a great many drug offenders. In 2005 there …

The Criminally Insane and Prison

Prisons have many goals in society, among them are to punish one for their crimes and rehabilitate said criminal so that they may at some point rejoin society as a functional and successful member. When …

Getting Pulled over – Yes

It was late afternoon on Friday and I was headed into town to begin my weekend cruising. At nineteen years old, cruising in a small Indiana town was just the thing to do. I came …

What its like to get Arrested

What it’s Like to Get Arrested Turn around and put your hands behind you back!  An all too familiar sound for some people, but for others it really doesn’t happen that often if ever.  Every …

Prisons Tips on how to Manage Overcrowding

Prisons are becoming more and more overcrowded as the years pass. There are many reasons for that, which won’t be discussed in the article to follow. However, the fact is over two million Americans were in …

The History of Criminal Profiling

So-called “criminal profiling” also has its roots in the history of western criminal law. Before modern forensic science, sociologists lined up on both sides of the question: What makes a criminal? Is it society? Poverty? …

History of the Innocence Project

The media sometimes highlights the release of people who have sat in jail for as long as 40 years, when new evidence surfaces to exonerate them. It is estimated that between 2.3-5 percent of prisoners …

The Myths and Truths about Rape

The world seems to believe that rape is all about a sexual violation of another person. I suppose that I used to believe that as well. One day in April of 1982, my perspective got …

Social Hierarchy among Prison Inmates

People who are in prison are often looked down upon by those who have never been incarcerated.  They are treated as second-class citizens, even after serving their time and reintegrating into a community.  Thieves, rapists, …

Crisis Builds over Americas Prison System

Recently the St. Petersburg Times (the #1 newspaper in the Tampa Bay Area) broke a story about how a former inmate is suing Prison Health Services Inc. (PHS) for the terrible neglect she suffered while …

Taser to the Chest Capable of Causing Death

According to a study published in “Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association,” the amount of voltage produced by a stun gun or Taser when applied to the chest, is capable of causing cardiac arrest. …

Prison reform and The Innocence Project

The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by attorneys Barry Scheck and Peter Neufield as part of the Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University, NYC. Both Scheck and Neufield are attorneys who were part …

History of the Innocence Project

Imagine being confined to a prison cell due to a crime you did not commit. This is the type of injustice the Innocence Project is committed to liberating, and due to its efforts; 306 individuals …

Manson

After 41 years of observing Charles Manson up close and personal in a prison cell, it should be clear to those who have the authority to make the decisions that he should never be released …

Preliminary Steps in Criminal Investigation

Criminal cases begin with a preliminary investigation conducted by the first law enforcement officials on the scene. There are basic steps to follow to ensure the safety of police personnel and the public. Protocol, appropriately …

The History of the Innocence Project

The goal of the Innocence Project is to exonerate wrongfully-convicted and imprisoned individuals using DNA evidence, as well as reform the criminal justice system to prevent similar acts of injustice. It was founded in 1992 …

Should all Sex Offenders have to Register

Not all sex offenders should have to register. The laws have become so broad in defining what constitutes a sex crime, that many young people, who would probably never commit another offense, are on the …

Civilians Soldiers and the Rules of War

A soldier in todays Army love their country as did our forefathers. The Geneva Convention which is the treaty we soldiers uphold or (NATO). It came about in 1859 after the battle of Solferino. The …