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Brent Batten: Making jokes to fight the serious problem of wrongful incarceration

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Derrick Williams, wrongfully convicted of sexual battery and kidnapping in 1993, talks about his experience with the Innocence Project of Florida.
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Did you hear the one about the guy who was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and spent 18 years in prison?

Wrongful conviction is no joking matter but local defense attorney Jerry Berry will use comedy to fight the problem on Feb. 1.

Berry is hosting a comedy show at the Community School of Naples to benefit the Innocence Project of Florida, a non-profit group that takes up the cases of inmates it believes have been dealt an injustice.

Comedians who have appeared

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Speaker sheds light on trafficking problem domestically, abroad

More men, women and children are in some form of bondage today than any other time in human history, Matt Osborne of Operation Underground Railroad said during a human trafficking conference held in Hot Springs earlier this week.

The Human Trafficking Task Force of Garland County, in partnership with the Ouachita Area Youth Council and National Park College, hosted the Mobilizing Communities Against Human Trafficking conference Thursday in the Frederick M. Dierks building at NPC.

Held on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the conference gave the 300 attendees a look at how task forces and organizations are working around the globe to end human trafficking, and how their tools can be used on a local level.

Human Trafficking is a global problem in both cities and small towns across the nation, a news release said. Forced labor and human trafficking

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Selling Girls | ‘There is a problem here in Charlotte’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s the world’s fastest growing organized crime and it’s touching every corner of the Carolinas.  “I can tell you there is a problem here in Charlotte,” said FBI Supervisory special agent Jason Caplan.

The FBI, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is teaming up for “Operation Cross Country XI”.  They conduct stings in Charlotte and throughout the area to try to put an end to human trafficking, one victim at a time.

“Operation Cross Country XI”, which involved 55 FBI field offices and involved 78 state and local forces, ran from Oct. 12 to Oct. 15. The FBI said nationwide, 120 alleged traffickers were arrested and 84 minors were recovered.

In North Carolina 11 people are now behind bars and three sex trafficking victims, all minors,

Read more at: http://www.wcnc.com/news/investigations/selling-girls/selling-girls-there-is-a-problem-here-in-charlotte/484310262

Selling Girls: ‘There is a problem here in Charlotte’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s the world’s fastest growing organized crime and it’s touching every corner of the Carolinas.  “I can tell you there is a problem here in Charlotte,” said FBI Supervisory special agent Jason Caplan.

The FBI, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is teaming up for “Operation Cross Country”.  They conduct stings in Charlotte and throughout the area to try to put an end to human trafficking, one victim at a time.

In North Carolina 11 people are now behind bars and three sex trafficking victims, all minors, have been saved.  Across the country, 84 minors have been rescued.

“Majority are our children, our neighbors, kids at our school,” said Detective Ashley Horton, CMPD.

Many girls are “groomed” on social media.

“The phones and computers, as amazing as they

Read more at: http://www.wcnc.com/news/investigations/selling-girls/selling-girls-there-is-a-problem-here-in-charlotte/484310262

Elected leaders in SE DC says mayor may be part of crime problem

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) – There are plenty of uniformed officers in Southeast, D.C. when there’s a shooting, but 8B ANC Commissioner Paul Trantham believes the police department needs to go back to what worked – plain clothes officers.

“Just because it was bad then, does that mean it’s going to be bad now,” questioned Trantham.  

In 2015, DC police disbanded it’s plain clothes Vice Squad known on the street as “jump-out squads” over concerns of racial profiling. 

Trantham says people don’t respect the uniform and suggests to re-train the officers and return the plain clothes unit to the streets to combat the sex trafficking, drugs, and gun violence he said is rampant in parts of Wards 7 and 8.  

RELATED: Crime is up in DC neighborhood, residents want help

“People say the Mayor has the Police

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The Problem with Dramatic Finger-Pointing Courtroom Moments

This article was published in partnership with the Marshall Project.

It’s one of the oldest courtroom gambits in America: A prosecutor in a criminal trial asks a key witness if he sees the person who committed the crime anywhere in the room. Pause. The witness turns and points to the defendant, as the jurors take it all in.

But this enduring practice, dating back to colonial courthouses, has come under fire in the past few years as an often unreliable tool that has no place in a 21st-century trial.

Citing a vast body of research on the fallibility of eyewitness testimony in general, questions are now being raised specifically about in-court identification. Some experts say the tactic is unduly suggestive, ineffectively tests a witness’s memory, and provides more theatrical flourish than probative evidence. They also say that the process leaves room for error.

Massachusetts and Connecticut

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Walsh calls child abuse a problem that is ‘everywhere’

Television personality, criminal investigator and victim rights advocate John Walsh delivered a sobering message Monday night at USC Aiken’s Convocation Center while speaking during a fundraiser for the Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County.

“There is a problem everywhere,” he said. “Everybody has a problem with the abuse of children. I don’t give a damn if you live in Beverly Hills or you live in the inner city in the ghetto. Your children can be victims at any time. We are the richest and most powerful country in the world, but we have more child abuse than any other third world country.”

In Aiken County, Walsh said, the Advocacy Center assisted 55 victims of child abuse last month.

“The people who prey on children are a lot smarter than most criminals,” Walsh said. “They know how we hate them, and they now how insidious what they do is. They are cunning, and they

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This Video Shows Hollywood's Transgender Representation Problem

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Human trafficking event spotlights growing problem for North Carolina

Human trafficking for sex and labor is a real, growing problem that many North Carolinians don’t realize could be happening in their communities, local experts said this week.

“It’s a public safety issue, for sure, but it’s also a public health issue and human rights issue,” said Libby Coles, executive director of the Durham-based group Justice Matters, which helps trafficking survivors and others navigate legal issues.

A human trafficking exhibit and free program begins at 6 p.m. Monday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill.

North Carolina is well-situated for trafficking crimes, because of its convenient interstate highways, ports and connections to larger cities, such as Atlanta and New York, experts say. Gangs feed the problem, as does a high demand for cheap farm labor, and a large, transient military presence, which attracts adult businesses that can be a front for sex trafficking.

Coles predicted the number of

Read more at: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/chapel-hill-news/article135971188.html