New York Cancels Private Prison Care Packages Program | The Marshall Project

By TAYLOR ELIZABETH ELDRIDGE

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New York corrections officials said Friday they have suspended a program that forced families and friends to send care packages to prisoners only through select private vendors, amid an uproar that the move raised costs and limited choices.
The switch to private companies had gone into effect earlier this month in a pilot program at three facilities: Greene, Taconic and Green Haven Correctional Facilities. The state planned to expand privatization to the whole system — the fourth largest in the nation — by the fall.
“Concerns have been raised by families of inmates regarding the availability and prices of products under this program, concerns we do not take lightly,” Thomas Mailey, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, said in a press release. The program has been suspended until those concerns can be addressed, Mailey said.

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Your iPhone tracks every place you visit. Here’s how to see the map. | Cult of Mac

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Your iPhone knows where you are, and it remembers where you have been. It keeps a record of your frequent hangouts — aka “significant locations” — and uses this data to make location-based suggestions using Siri and to power other features. Don’t panic, though: This data is kept on your phone, not collected by Apple.

Maybe you want to switch it off anyway, though. Perhaps you’re having an affair and don’t want your suspicious spouse to find out where you and your lover hook up. Or you’re an undercover cop and don’t want your visits to the police station to show up on your phone. Today we’ll see how to access your recent locations data, remove it, and switch it off altogether.

 
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ICE raids 7-Eleven stores in immigration crackdown

Federal agents on Wednesday raided nearly 100 7-Eleven stores in 17 states and Washington, D.C., in an immigration crackdown.

The raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement resulted in 21 arrests of workers believed to be in the country illegally, report the New York Times, the Associated Press, the Washington Post and Fox Business.

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Court (WDNY) Declares a Settlement Week to Clear Old Caseload | United States Courts

The Western District Court of New York is one of the most congested courts in the country, receiving over 3,000 filings annually with individual judges’ caseloads at nearly 800. To reduce a long backlog of unresolved lawsuits, Chief Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr., revived a mediation strategy not used by the court since 1995: a settlement week.

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New CBP Border Device Search Policy Still Permits Unconstitutional Searches | Electronic Frontier Foundation

JANUARY 8, 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a new policy on border searches of electronic devices that’s full of loopholes and vague language and that continues to allow agents to violate travelers’ constitutional rights. Although the new policy contains a few improvements over rules first published nine years ago, overall it doesn’t go nearly far enough to protect the privacy of innocent travelers or to recognize how exceptionally intrusive electronic device searches are.

Nothing announced in the policy changes the fact that these device searches are unconstitutional, and EFF will continue to fight for travelers’ rights in our border search lawsuit.

Below is a legal analysis of some of the key features of the new policy.

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Washington state attorney general sues Motel 6 for handing over customer data to immigration agents

Updated: Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing Motel 6 “for voluntarily providing guest lists to agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” on a routine basis for at least two years, which led to the detention of at least six people presumed to be in the country illegally, according to a press release issued Wednesday.

The suit, filed in King County Superior Court, states that at least six Motel 6 locations statewide released client information, including names, driver’s license numbers, room numbers, dates of birth and license plate numbers, affecting at least 9,000 guests.

Motel 6 leaves the light on for ICE…
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Erie County clerk rolls out program to alert communities to foreclosures – The Buffalo News

Courtesy of:
Harry G. Meyer, Esq.
Docent and Lecturer
Western New York History and Architecture
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Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns has come up with a new initiative to combat two of the biggest problems that contribute to “zombie homes” — homes that have been abandoned by owners during the lengthy foreclosure process but have not been been taken over by banks.

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Kearns’ program will enable cities, towns and villages to have direct access to Erie County Clerk’s Office databases showing all new foreclosure actions in their communities since the start of January.

The information will not only include property addresses, but the name of the bank foreclosing on the property, and the name of the lawyer handling the legal process. That information will allow communities to take action early to keep properties from turning into “zombies,” he said.

“This is not being done anywhere else in New York State,” he said.

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