Feds Launching Investigation of Entire Ferguson Police Department

Source: NPR The U.S. Department of Justice will launch an investigation into police tactics in Ferguson, Mo., NPR’s Carrie Johnson reports, with a focus on looking for a pattern or practice of discriminatory policing. Carrie reports that department was holding off on announcing the investigation until clashes in the town died down. Federal authorities had held off on announcing a …

Federal Agency Approves Early Release Of Some 46,000 Drug Prisoners

Source: NICOLE FLATOW/ThinkProgress.Org A federal agency unanimously approved a proposal Friday could see some 46,000 inmates with drug convictions released from prison early. The change makes retroactive an amendment passed by the U.S. Sentencing Commission earlier this year to reduce overly draconian drug sentences — a move that the Commission’s chair, Judge Patti B. Saris, called a modest but important step toward fixing the “urgent” …