Justice Department http://ripr.org en DOJ Files Lawsuit Over Hiring Practice at RI Dept. Of Corrections http://ripr.org/post/doj-files-lawsuit-over-hiring-practice-ri-dept-corrections <p>The U.S. Justice Department is suing the state and the state corrections department, claiming employment discrimination. The Justice Department claims employment practices for hiring entry-level corrections officers violate the Civil Rights Act.</p><p></p><p>The lawsuit challenges the hiring practice at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections requiring applicants to take a written and video exam. The Justice Department claims that those exams do not help identify qualified candidates, but instead disproportionately screen out black and Hispanic candidates.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:54:53 +0000 Catherine Welch 28982 at http://ripr.org DOJ Files Lawsuit Over Hiring Practice at RI Dept. Of Corrections Rhode Island Judge Voices Concern Over Closure of Local Women's Prison http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-judge-voices-concern-over-closure-local-womens-prison <p>Rhode Island judge Mary Lisi is one of a dozen federal jurists asking the Justice Department to re-think its closure of a women’s prison in Danbury, Connecticut.&nbsp; The judges are concerned about families having to travel long distances to see women inmates.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Federal Bureau of Prisons is transitioning its female prison in Danbury, Connecticut to an all-male facility. It’s the only federal women’s prison in the Northeast. It will forcing judges to sentence women inmates to prisons in Philadelphia, West Virginia or Alabama.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:59:25 +0000 Person: Flo Jonic 26096 at http://ripr.org Pleau Pleads Guilty in Federal Court, Avoids Death Penalty http://ripr.org/post/pleau-pleads-guilty-federal-court-avoids-death-penalty <p>A Rhode Island man at the center of a capital punishment battle between the state and federal government has changed his plea to guilty to avoid the death penalty.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:26:00 +0000 Flo Jonic 19317 at http://ripr.org