10/26/2010 - Police may not use a global positioning satellite (GPS) unit to track a person’s movements for a long period of time without a warrant, because doing so violates a person’s Fourth Amendment right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure, a federal appeals court has ruled.
09/30/2010 - A bill (S. 1749) that would prohibit the use of cell phones by all prisoners and would designate cell phones as contraband in prisons has been approved by the House of Representatives. A different version of the bill was previously passed by the Senate; the bill must now go into conference committee to reconcile the differences.
Another bill (S. 251) currently pending in the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security would allow corrections officials to petition the government to use wireless jamming devices in prisons.
09/09/2010 - The Great Recession has led some cities to experiment with civilian police employees and privatized police for lower-level policing tasks, but only one embraces the efficiency of the free market.
08/31/2010 - A New York bill (A.B. 2952) would prohibit police or peace officers from using excessive force either defensively or in making an arrest or preventing an escape. The bill would also make it a misdemeanor for a police officer to intend to kill rather than stop a person. The introduction of the bill was prompted by the case of Sean Bell, a 23-year-old man who was shot and killed by police on his wedding day after hitting an unmarked police car with his van.
07/28/2010 - A bill (S. 1684) that would require that local law enforcement collect information on convicted arsonists and bombers similar to that currently collected on sex offenders has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
07/27/2010 - Should some police functions get outsourced to private service providers? James F. Pastor envisions a new model of public-safety policing in which private security forces carry out certain community security and safety functions in partnership with public law enforcement personnel.