Old neighbourhood cops

 Oct. 15, 2013 

 Toronto Star – Jennifer Pagliaro
Police unit takes on community work in Somali neighbourhoods to build trust, make peace 

 Toronto police have dedicated six officers to an effort to establish trust with Toronto’s Somali community.  The police are now walking, talking and praying with the community.  The Project Traveller raid in July exposed some raw relations and police will spend two more years trying to heal the riff.   http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/10/13/police_unit_takes_on_community_work_in_somali_neighbourhoods_to_build_trust_make_peace.html 

 CBC News
Baby boy born in Ottawa jail cell last year dies – Lawyer says Julie Bilotta ‘completely devastated’ after son Gionni dies of respiratory problems 

 The baby was born a month prematurely in a jail cell at the Ottawa Detention Centre.  The mother asked for medical attention but the guards claimed later they did not believe her labour pains were real.The baby suffered breathing problems from the beginning.  The incident prompted an internal review in Ontario Corrections and cost the jobs of staff.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/baby-boy-born-in-ottawa-jail-cell-last-year-dies-1.2053783

 CBC News
Autistic boy’s noise leads to eviction notice – Noise from small trampoline in 2nd-storey condo drove neighbours to complain 

Eight year old Logan From lives with his parents on the second floor of a condo unit where he uses a trampoline and runs around as a means of divesting himself of huge amounts of energy brought on by the autism.  Last week the parents received an eviction notice from the landlord.   http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/autistic-boy-s-noise-leads-to-eviction-notice-1.1991921 

 Washington Post – Nick Miroff
Controversial quota drives immigration detention boom 

 What is driving the detention of the undocumented in the US?  Some think is it simply that the government has contracted for an average of 34,000 beds per day in detention centres, followed by the need to fill those beds since the government is paying for them anyway.  Too bad the illegal  border crossings have significantly decreased  to their lowest levels since the 70’s. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/controversial-quota-drives-immigration-detention-boom/2013/10/13/09bb689e-214c-11e3-ad1a-1a919f2ed890_story.html  Related article: Vice  – Lucy Steigerwald   The Horrible Quota Policy  Followed by Immigrant Detention Centers    http://www.vice.com/read/the-horrible-quota-policy-that-runs-immigrant-detention-centers

 TV New Zealand – News One
Bishop’s ‘prison’ vigil aims to raise awareness 

 New Zealand suffers from sentences that are longer than for comparative countries and they mostly remand those charged, including the mentally ill.  So, how do you advocate for community based solutions and cut down on re-offending?  Anglican Bishop Justin Duckworth of Wellington built a cell on the cathedral steps and will be locked up for a week to draw attention to the problem.  http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/bishop-s-prison-vigil-aims-raise-awareness-5646617 

 The Times Middle East – Wil Crisp
Illegal African migrants caged in Tripoli Zoo detention centre

 In view of the two recent incidents of loss of a considerable number of illegal immigrant lives in the waters off Italy’s southern most island, the Lybian authorities have begin a crack-down on the movement of the immigrants:  they are using the zoo cages in Tripoli to house those caught. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article3894211.ece 

 Morning Sentinel (Maine)
Few sex offenders commit new crimes 

 Sex offenders are often considered more likely to re-offend than other criminals but the truth is that the re-offending rate is 8.8% after two years and 15% after three years, according to a 2010 study by the University of Southern Maine.  The study looked at the stats up to three years beyond release. http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/Few-sex-offenders-commit-new-crimes.html 

 Huffington Post (US) – Franklin Schargel
The Real Reasons Children Drop Out of School 

 A New York teacher, counsellor and administrator of 33 years adds his opinion to why children drop out of schools, a problem long suspected of contributing considerably to juvenile delinquency.   He is responding to the statistical report previously reported by the Post (Link in the article).  No punches pulled!   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/franklin-schargel/the-real-reasons-children-drop-out-of-school_b_4093876.html