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DOJ finds violence, abuse in Alabama prisons

by Kent Covington
Posted 4/04/19, 10:00 am

The Justice Department issued a scathing report Wednesday on Alabama prisons, giving the state 49 days to correct the “severe” constitutional violations of prisoners’ rights or face a federal lawsuit. The report said inmates endure an “extraordinarily high rate of violence at the hands of other prisoners,” with the number of inmate-on-inmate attacks spiking dramatically in the last 5½ years. Investigators described a culture of violence in which inmates brutally attack each other with knives and other weapons and rapes occur throughout the prisons.

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Father pleads guilty in college bribery scheme

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/03/19, 06:41 pm

One of the 33 parents charged in the college admissions bribery scandal agreed to plead guilty Wednesday. Peter Jan Sartorio, a packaged-food entrepreneur from California, disclosed the deal as Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin appeared in federal court in Boston, along with some of the other defendants. Prosecutors accuse Sartorio, 53, of paying $15,000 in cash to have someone correct his daughter’s answers on the ACT college entrance exam. The exact charges to which he planned to plead were not immediately clear.

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Let the giver beware

Crime | From fake cancer pleas to fake funerals, fraud is a purportedly rare but persistent problem on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe. What’s the responsibility of the Christian donor?
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/28/19, 02:46 pm

Popular crowdfunding platform GoFundMe finds its name in many heartwarming news stories and viral videos. This year, for example, it collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for the family of an 8-year-old Christian refugee who, two years after fleeing violence from Boko Haram in Nigeria, unexpectedly won the New York state chess tournament for his age group in March.

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