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A few stories from ProbPublica’s useful “Muck Reads” feature

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Here are a few from the latest list:

Pulled over because of his “cheekbones, jaws, ears and forehead” 130 miles from the border.The Border Patrol’s authority is nearly unlimited in the areas in covers. Agents do not need to obtain a warrant to search subjects. Even 100 miles out, considered “a reasonable distance,” agents can make warrantless stops. What about beyond the 100-mile line? This report from the Austin American Statesman found that between 2005 and 2013, the Border Patrol apprehended more than 40,000 subjects at nine of the most inland patrol stations – as far away as 350 miles from Mexico. Critics say these interior patrols lead to racial profiling and unconstitutional stops of legal residents. And these stops, the Border Patrol says, aren’t tracked. — The Austin American Statesman via @JinATX

Is prison labor “slavery” or “rehabilitation”? It depends on whom you ask. For the state of California, however, it means more than 4,400 mostly “nonviolent” inmates are on the ground fighting wildland fires for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. This workforce saves California more than $1 billion a year. But as the appetite – and policy — for keeping nonviolent offenders locked up for extended periods of time diminishes and fires increase in a very dry state, California will need to make a choice: “Pay full price for its firefighting workforce, or send more violent inmates out into the wilderness with powerful tools and very little security.” — BuzzFeedNews via @HanqingC

Is this board “bending over backwards” to protect the Army? The Board for Correction of Military Records is where Army veterans go to change their records. It’s charged with correcting “errors” and removing “injustices.” Many of the cases involved are appeals to change discharges – and some of these cases have left veterans without medical benefits for service-related injuries. An investigation by Fusion found “that when service members file appeals that could lay significant blame on the Army or cost a lot of money, the default answer is often no.” About 5 percent of veterans between 2001 and 2012 were able to change their discharge reason and only 2 percent were granted a medical evaluation that could add benefits. — Fusion via @alissafig and @alicitabrennan

Full list is here.


Written by Leisureguy

7 November 2014 at 4:59 pm

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