Has the Justice System Abandoned the Presumption of Innocence?

Relatively few of the 11 million Americans arrested every year are convicted, but the way people inside and outside the justice system often treat arrestees challenges the bedrock principle that an individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty—and undermines reform, according to a forthcoming paper in the Alabama Law Review.

New Court Filings Reveal Mistreatment of Migrant Children

Interviews and court filings have revealed a wide range of allegations of mistreatment in detention of migrant adolescents and teens, including inedible food, brutally cold temperatures with no blankets for all the children, bullying, and other forms of abuse.

A New Broadband Super Highway—Just for Cops

All states have opted in to FirstNet, meaning that they agreed not to build their own competing broadband lanes for law enforcement and public safety. AT&T says that FirstNet’s core — the infrastructure that isolates police traffic from the commercial network — had become operational at last. “It’s like having a super highway that only public safety can use,” the company says.

Judge Refuses to Block Posting of 3-D Gun Blueprints

A federal judge in Austin, Tx., denied a request by three gun-violence prevention groups to stop a nonprofit from posting gun schematics for 3-D printers. The 3-D printed guns could be a way to circumvent laws requiring background checks for gun ownership, advocates fear.

GAO Seeks Stronger Federal Actions on Cybersecurity

The Government Accountability Office says that, “Threats around the globe are emerging and escalating, with foreign adversaries gaining expertise.” The agency says 1,000 of its 3,000 recommendations for changes are yet to be implemented.

Colombian Gang Offers Bounty for Drug Sniffing Dog

Sombra, a six-year-old German shepherd, has helped Colombia’s police detect more than 2,000 kilos of cocaine. She now has a bounty on her head, somewhere between 7,000 and 70,000 US dollars, according to police intelligence.

Inside Prison, Racial Pride Often Looks Like Hypocrisy

Many incarcerated individuals develop a cultural or racial consciousness they ignored when they were free—and prison authorities encourage it as a healthy way to build character. But there’s a dark underside, says a Washington State inmate.