Hundreds marched in Pilsen recently in solidarity with protests in Mexico over the disappearance of 43 students from the state of Guerrero who authorities say were killed by local police and drug traffickers. On Wednesday, there will be more Chicago-area activities in support of demonstrations in Mexico.
The number of rapes and other violent crimes at Shelby County Jail in Memphis, Tenn., was at such a high level that the U.S. Department of Justice issued a letter saying the conditions at the jail violated detainees’ constitutional rights. If the jail didn’t fix these violations, the justice department would sue. That was in 2002. Today, the jail is among the 4 percent of the nation’s more than 3,200 jails to earn national accreditation with the American Correctional Association. “We knew what we had to do, and we agreed with the department of justice that we had a problem,” said jail Director James E. Coleman, who was hired as an assistant chief one year prior to the warning.