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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Criminal Justice in the News
As reported on CNN, James Crosby, the former head of Florida’s Department of Corrections (DOC) who was fired by Governor Jeb Bush in February after the string of scandals involving brutality, sex abuse, and corruption, has pleaded guilty to accepting over $100,000 in kickbacks. Our acclaimed film AMERICA'S BRUTAL PRISONS features stories about of Florida guards drenching inmates with burning pepper spray, kicking a prisoner to death, and testimony from a female guard who claims sexual assault and harassment by fellow guards. Crosby ran the prison in which the aforementioned man was kicked to death--after which he was promoted to run the entire DOC.

And, The Chicago Tribune reported that the infamous Burge Report was finally published. It stated that former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge led the torture of criminal suspects for two decades, coercing dozens of confessions with fists, kicks, radiator burns, guns to the mouth, bags over the head and electric shock to the genitals. Our film THE END OF THE NIGHTSTICK was an early investigation into these charges of institutional racism, torture and the cover-up, and also tells the story of a resistance movement, as local activist groups, including the Task Force to Confront Police Violence, refuse to let testimonies of police violence remain buried.

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