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Criminal justice (2): The new debtors’ prisons | The Economist
report/critique of getting offenders to pay for enforcement. Quote: "That Brennan Centre study found that nine of the 15 American states with the largest prison populations permit “collection fees” on criminal-justice debt, which are often payable to private firms. Only one of the 15 (Texas) exempts penniless defendants from additional collection fees. All this occurs routinely, though the Supreme Court ruled in 1983 that before a court jails someone for failing to pay a fine or fee, it must first ensure that his failure to pay was wilful—that he could have paid but chose not to. Jailing someone because he cannot pay violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. Similarly, 13 of the 15 states studied by the Brennan Centre charge defendants public-defender fees ($50 for a misdemeanour and $100 for a felony defence in Florida; in Virginia, as much as $1,235 for some felonies), even though the Supreme Court ruled in 1963 that the Sixth Amendment required courts to provid"
prison  TheEconomist  ACLU  Brennan  Center  for  Justice 
december 2013 by pierredv
Ofcom | Ofcom unveils participants in wireless innovation trial
Ofcom has today announced the organisations taking part in Europe’s first major pilot of an innovative new wireless technology. Over the next six months, around 20 public and private organisations will be participating in Ofcom’s pilot by running trials to test a variety of innovative applications – ranging from sensors that monitor the behaviour of cities, to dynamic information for road users and rural broadband in hard to reach places BT, Neul, Microsoft; Click4internet, KTS & SineCom A number of companies, including Google, Nominet, LS telcom, iconectiv, Key Bridge, Fairspectrum and Spectrum Bridge have expressed interest in testing intelligent databases
Neul  BT  Microsoft  Glasgow  University  of  Strathclyde  Centre  for  White  Space  Communications  Ofcom 
october 2013 by pierredv

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