17 dead in 'horrific' high school shooting
Suspect Nikolas Cruz, 19, was taken into custody off campus after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
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This is the story of Hali Wood, a seventeen-year-old from Columbiana, Alabama who is deeply in debt to the private probation company, JCS.
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Texas school shooting suspect identified
Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, has been identified as the suspect in the Texas high school shooting that left 10 people dead, Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said.
Pagourtzis is being held on capital murder charges with no bond. More charges may follow, the sheriff said.
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Many people think that debtor’s prisons disappeared from American society just as surely as horse-based transportation. But in fact, people who are too poor to pay fines are still being threatened with incarceration -- and even imprisoned -- today. Add private, for-profit companies to the mix, and you've got a system that abuses those who can least afford it, with disastrous effects on poor people and communities of color .
Our documentary, To Prison For Poverty, features two parts. Part 1 tells the story of Hali Wood, a seventeen-year-old from Columbiana, Alabama, deeply in debt to a private probation company, JCS. Part 2 tells the story of Kathleen Hucks, a woman suing Sentinel Corrections Services for their abuse of power.
We've long known that mass incarceration disproportionately affects low-income communities and communities of color. In our video about the money bail system, we found that the wealthier a person is when arrested, the easier it will be to pay less in terms of money and freedom. A rich person who can afford to pay bail right away will get to go home, and will receive all of his or her money back upon returning to court. A poorer person accused of the same thing must pay fees to a bail bondsman in order to borrow enough money to make bail, and that fee will never be refunded. That means that a teacher might pay thousands in bail fees, when a movie star charged with the same offense would end up paying nothing.
We see a similar dynamic with for-profit probation companies. If someone gets a traffic ticket and can't pay, the judge puts her on probation, which really means being ordered to walk down the hall and sign up for a payment plan with a company that has a contract to collect unpaid fines and fees for the court. If the person falls behind on her payments and ever-mounting fees, including those charged by the for-profit probation company itself, company officers pressure her for payments, sometimes with threats of jail and arrest warrants from court. The end result is that poor people scramble to make payments they can't afford. And some even lose their liberty and go to jail.
Like payday lenders, these for-profit companies often seek contracts in cities and counties that are strapped for cash. The companies then offer to collect debts owed to courts with no cost to the government by charging probationers—the very people put on probation simply because they were too poor to pay. Then the companies charge probationers exorbitant fees. Hali Wood was hit with a $41 seat belt ticket. Her payment plan charged a monthly fee of $35.
Probation is supposed to help people return to their community when there is no public safety justification for keeping them behind bars. That goal is sabotaged by companies that are simply collections agencies on steroids.
Judges who run these courts can end this abuse tomorrow, by exerting more oversight of these companies, or by simply ending contracts with these companies where they have the power to do so. As we explore in our documentary, traditional public probation does a fine job of enforcing the law without a profit motive.
In the coming weeks, we'll be screening To Prison for Poverty in the very communities where these companies operate. It's time to let them know we're on to their racket.
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34 family members arrested in drug bust; $400k in cocaine seized
ELYRIA, Ohio - Elyria Police, Lorain Police and the Lorain County Sheriff's Department arrested 34 people—all related to each other in some way—in connection with $400,000 of cocaine seized.
The investigation started last year and ramped up in the past two months, culminating in the arrests Friday, March 13 and Monday, March 16, investigators said during a press conference Wednesday.
Authorities seized 3.4 kilos of cocaine, worth $400,000, five guns and $85,000 in cash.
The leaders of what's been dubbed the Burns, Milton and Tillman Drug Trafficking Organization by authorities are Jarvis Burns, 33, of Sheffield Lake, who paid for the cocaine, and his cousin Travis Milton, 32, of Elyria, who orchestrated large-scale buys from two dealers in Cleveland.
The large-scale transactions were at Burns' and Milton's grandmother Grace Milton's home on Tattersal Court in Elyria.
They bought $43,000 of cocaine from Christopher Craig, 43 and Bernard Washington, 44, both of Cleveland, investigators said.
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A how to video. For the beginer metal detector hobbiest ,as well as the intermediate and advanced detectorists...Where to go metal detecting for silver coins.In the beginning of this video..I shaved 5 minutes..Instead of Reading Tips on where to find the information,and Tips on how to set up your machine ,and simple Rules..I just took pictures of the dialog,and suggest that you pause and read it all...Toward the end of the video..I said..Stay in the easement...Which is the city owned area between the sidewalk and the curb..Most people will ignore you ,because that easement is already torn up for construction..However...There are a very few people that will ask ...Why are you on my property ?...Tho you are not (It is City Property)...Just say...Excuse me,and move on ...Do not argue with them..Even tho it is city property...You do not want to cause a scene and have them call the police...You will lose...I have metal detected many of these tear outs over the last 20+ years,and was only confronted one time by an irate property owner...I said...Excuse me...I did not want to offend you,I thought this was city property (and it was, but I did not argue the point)...I stepped up to the sidewalk and walked a few houses down before detecting again..Problem Solved..Many silver coins,& old coins can be found by the beginer this way...They strip between 4-8 inches of sod & soil off the top...Lots of times you can spot a wheat cent, a buffalo nickle ,or silver coin just laying on top of the ground...Most times you will have to dig one to four inches to find your target...Which (if the sod was still there) would have been 8-12 inches benieth the sod...Easy pickins for even the cheapest of metal detectors...Bounty Hunter detectors,as well as the Garrett Ace 250 can make quick work of the silver coins and gold rings lost long ago...The end of the video was dedicated to a metal detectorist from Norway that said the cost of living is better in Norway than the U.S.,and the cost to drink ratio was higher here in the U.S...Probably True...But not on this day...We made enough money to pay for our drinks,with enough to spare at the end...Cheers DiggingNorway
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