SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

The WSJ’s Jess Bravin reported (sub. req.) that 100,000 prisoners in state and federal prison are being detained in solitary confinement. According to the article, that is about 6% of the U.S. Prison population.

val verde jailSolitary confinement goes by different names including ‘administrative segregation’ and ‘security housing.’ The article defined solitary confinement as removing a prisoner from the general population for at least 22 hours a day for at least 30 days.

This practice is coming under increasing scrutiny by corrections administrators and the Supreme Court. The practice is problematic because it considered as cruel and damaging to a prisoner’s mental health.

Specifically, Justice Breyer has described the practice as “dehumanizing” and causing a prisoner to suffer from “anxiety, panic, rage, loss of control, paranoia, hallucinations, and self-mutilation.”   (Check out clip C-SPAN clip on solitary confinement commentary by Justice Anthony Kennedy.)

The issue of whether to keep death row inmates in solitary confinement until their execution date may be litigated in the Supreme Court soon.

GENARO R. CORTEZ
PHONE: 210-733-7575

INCRIMINATING ACRONYMS

Bloomberg News is reporting that federal investigators use the “Control-F” function on computers to search for acronyms on recovered emails to look for suspicious activity for people suspected of insider trading. The acronyms include: TYOP (tell you on phone); TOL (talk offline); and LDL (let’s discuss live).

Incriminating Acronyms
Incriminating Acronyms

Investigators also search for key phrases such as “call my cell” or “let’s go off e-mail” in hopes of finding evidence of intent to hide or cover up illegal wrongdoing.

Although the story focused on day traders–this technique can be used on other white-collar crimes to establish intent to cover-up or deceive.

The story is fascinating and shows how a simple search technique helps investigators search large volumes of emails for incriminating evidence quickly and easily.

GENARO R. CORTEZ
PHONE: 210-733-7575