Those kind enough to read my weekly blog posts understand that privacy is an issue I care about. It's especially important because as Jay Staley writes:
One of the biggest problems with protecting privacy in the United States is that, almost alone in the advanced-industrial world, we do not have an overarching privacy law that codifies the basic privacy principles that are accepted around the world as the gold standard for protecting this human right.
Last week, the ACLU of Michigan filed a groundbreaking class action lawsuit on behalf of eight Highland Park students asserting a child's fundamental right to read. The learning proficiency rates in Highland Park are as shocking as they are heartbreaking.
Our criminal justice system is broken. We have 25% of the world's incarcerated population and spend nearly $50,000 PER adult we lock up in a state prison. Nearly half of the inmates in state prisons are locked up for nonviolent offenses. Every dollar we spend on prisons and jails is a dollar that is not spent on other priorities such as education, social services, or real public safety solutions.
What do you call placing over 80,000 American prisoners in isolated environments for 22-24 hours a day for months or years or decades causing serious psychological damage that increases recidivism and prison violence and costs upwards of $75,000/annually per inmate?
Last week, the New York Timeswrote about a gunshot detection technology called ShotSpotter. Similar to video camera monitoring technology, audio detection devices are set up throughout a city. These devices pick up the sound of a gunshot and triangulate the location. Back at a control room, a technician notifies the police. Within minutes of the initial gunshot, police arrive on the scene often beforea 911 call is even placed.
In the scenario below, one sentence is incorrect. Can you find it?
The police sneak into your home and attach a tiny tracking device to your person. The device not only reveals your physical movements but records your conversations and has the ability to view your on-line activities.
The ACLU of Maine Foundation filed suit today on behalf of Wilmer Recinos, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador that suffered a brutal beating at the hands of two guards while being held in the Cumberland County Jail in 2010.