La. jobless rate rises even as more have jobs
September 19, 2014 

افزایش نرخ بیکاری در لویزیانا

نرخ بیکاری در لویزیانا با افزایش مجدد در ماه اوت به 5.8 درصد رسید.

Florida prison boss fires 32 over inmate deaths 
Thirty-two guards with the Florida Department of Corrections were fired Friday afternoon in what union officials were calling a “Friday night massacre.” All were accused of criminal wrongdoing or misconduct in connection with the deaths of inmates at four state prisons. 
One of them is Rollin Suttle Austin, the subject of a Miami Herald investigative report coming Sunday. The Herald has published a string of articles alleging brutality and corruption in the prison system.
Eighteen of those fired by Secretary Michael Crews were involved in the death of Matthew Walker at Charlotte Correctional Institution on April 11. Walker, 55, was killed in what the DOC is calling an “inappropriate use of force.”
Five other fired corrections officers from Union Correctional had been accused of using excessive force in the death of inmate Rudolf Rowe on Aug. 16, 2012.
Over the past several months, the Herald has dug through records involving the suspicious deaths of a variety of state inmates, including Randall Jordan-Aparo, a 27-year-old check forger who died at Franklin Correctional in September 2010.
Records show Austin ordered the gassing of Jordan-Aparo as the inmate pleaded to be taken to the hospital for a blood disorder that had flared up.
He died that night. The initial investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said the gassing had nothing to do with Jordan-Aparo’s death. Austin remained on the job for three years, until a team of prison system inspectors visited Franklin to look into unrelated wrongdoing and stumbled onto the circumstances behind Jordan-Aparo’s death, calling it a case of “sadistic, retaliatory” behavior by guards.
When they reported their findings to their boss, Inspector General Jeffery Beasley, he allegedly told them he would “have their asses” if they didn’t back off.
The U.S. Department of Justice is now investigating Jordan-Aparo’s death, and FDLE is taking a second look.
In recent weeks, Crews has acknowledged that the department has failed to take action against corrections officers involved in inmate abuse. He directed his staff to review all cases in which corrections officers had been placed on paid leave following possible criminal wrongdoing.
All of those who were dismissed had been on paid leave.
“I’ve made it clear that there is zero tolerance for corruption or abuse,” Crews said in a statement Friday. “We continue to root out any and all bad actors who do not live up to our expectations.”
However, the Teamsters Union that represents the officers said Friday’s “massacre” was conducted without due process. Many of the officers, the union official said, were following protocols set forth by their bosses, who have not been held accountable.
“The procedure they were following in Charlotte was well known and condoned by the warden,” Teamsters spokesman Bill Curtis said. “Essentially they promoted the people most responsible and liable for the incident and fired everybody else down the chain.”
The Department of Corrections has been in the spotlight since May, when the Herald first reported the June 2012 death of Darren Rainey, a mentally ill inmate at Dade Correctional.
After defecating in his cell and refusing to clean it up, Rainey was locked in a closet-like shower by guards. After turning on a stream of hot water that Rainey could not control, corrections officers allegedly taunted the inmate as he begged to be let out. Then they walked away, leaving him in the unbearably hot chamber for nearly two hours.
He collapsed and died, falling face-up on the shower drain. When guards found him, chunks of skin were slipping off his body, witnesses told the inspector general’s office. No one was held accountable. 
Since the Herald published its initial reports, the Miami-Dade Police Department has for the first time interviewed witnesses, and Dade Correctional’s warden and his top deputy have been ousted.

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Poverty remains high across all racial groups, highest among communities of color
September 19, 2014

Yesterday, the US Census Bureau reported that in 2013 more than 1.7 million North Carolinians lived in poverty, meaning they found it difficult to afford the basics, such as decent housing, nutritious food, and reliable child care. That’s more people than the populations of Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, and Wilmington combined. While poverty remains high across all racial groups in North Carolina and throughout the nation compared to pre-recession levels, communities of color continue to face the highest levels of economic hardship.
The federal poverty level is less than $24,000 a year for a family of four. It is less than half of the income required to be economically secure.
The number of non-Hispanic whites living in poverty is greater than any other group in North Carolina. At the same time, some communities of color are much more likely to live on the brink, earning an income that puts them below the federal poverty line. In 2013, 32.5 percent of Latinos, 28.9 percent of American Indians, and 28 percent of African Americans lived in poverty compared to 14.4 percent for Asians and 12.3 percent of non-Hispanic whites (see chart below). Poverty has grown for all groups since the recession, with Hispanics and African Americans experiencing the biggest jumps in economic hardship.
Communities of color have historically been more likely to live on the brink than whites due to a lack of access to jobs and an earnings gap, a legacy of slavery and discrimination, and a lack of equity in public and private investments in certain communities. Other previous policy decisions—such as government-sanctioned redlining in the housing market and the initial exclusion of people of color from the GI bill—also resulted in fewer pathways to the middle class for communities of color.
The Great Recession exacerbated the entrenched racial disparities in economic hardship. As racial groups continue to experience very different economic realities, it is important to reverse these troubling trends. North Carolina can do more to do more to ensure that struggling people and families—across all racial groups—can step up and out of poverty. Raising the minimum-wage and reinstating the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit are two critical policies to help working families achieve economic security. Together, these policies ensure that working families are maximizing their take-home pay and better able to make ends meet.
For more policy solutions see the North Carolina Justice Center’s new 2014 State of Working North Carolina report, which lays out a policy agenda that will help reverse decades of inequality and create pathways to opportunity for all North Carolinians.

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