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Jeff Sessions: U.S. to continue use of privately run prisons

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Thursday his strong support for the federal government’s continued use of private prisons, reversing an Obama administration directive to phase out their use. Stocks of major private prison companies rose at the news. Sessions issued a memo replacing one issued last August by Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general at the time. That memo directed the federal Bureau of Prisons to begin reducing and ultimately end its reliance on privately run prisons. It followed a…

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz tells Fox Business that Donald Trump ‘believes he was elected dictator’

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz blasted President Trump Tuesday morning, a day after he fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for what the White House called “refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.” “I think it’s important to note that she did exactly what she said she would do if she was given an order by the President of the United States, which she believed violated the law,” the former Democratic National Committee chair…

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Justice Dept. adopts USF professor’s training program that hopes to reduce law enforcement bias

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The U.S. Department of Justice announced this week that it will now train all of its law enforcement agents and prosecutors to recognize and address implicit bias as part of its regular training curricula, using a program developed by USF Associate Professor of Criminology, Lorie Fridell. The demand for such programs has spread in the wake of a series of shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers in recent years. It comes after the DOJ was criticized for not developing its…

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