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Can This Software Prevent Acts of Police Brutality?

ibtimes.com — ORANGE COUNTY, California -- In the 2002 science-fiction thriller "Minority Report," Tom Cruise plays a police captain named John Anderton. Anderton's job is to predict crime. Using a giant touch-screen computer, Cruise swipes left and right, and with the flick of his wrist, he can dispatch officers to the scene to nab would-be murderers and rapists before they act.
Jul 30, 2015

I went to California to talk with officers about new software that could prevent an act of police brutality ibtimes.com/can-software-p… @IBTimes

Jul 30, 2015

can software ID cops likely to inflict brutality, prevent incidents? @EricMarkowitz on tech company claiming solution ibtimes.com/can-software-p…

The Story Of Wolfcom: How A Tiny Hollywood Spy Shop Is Taking On Taser In Police Body Cameras

ibtimes.com — LOS ANGELES -- On a mundane stretch along Hollywood's famed Sunset Boulevard, stuck between an Arby's sandwich shop and a Thai noodle joint, sits Wolfcom Enterprises, one of the hottest police technology startups you've never heard of. Visitors to Wolfcom are buzzed through an iron-gated door; then immediately greeted by a full-sized police mannequin standing at least six feet tall.
Jul 24, 2015

This tiny LA spy shop wants to crush TASER in police body cameras - @ericmarkowitz ibtimes.com/story-wolfcom-…

Jul 24, 2015

RT @IBTimes: How this tiny LA spy shop became an industry leader in police body cameras: bit.ly/1gSycKD pic.twitter.com/Ad4QUfyHR8

Jul 24, 2015

I visited Wolfcom in LA. In 2008, it was a spy shop. Today, it's one of the biggest police body camera companies ibtimes.com/story-wolfcom-…

Jul 24, 2015

RT @EricMarkowitz: I visited Wolfcom in LA. In 2008, it was a spy shop. Today, it's one of the biggest police body camera companies ibtimes.com/story-wolfcom-…

These Men Are Serving Life Sentences In Prison For Selling Pot

ibtimes.com — Fifteen years ago, Beth Curtis' brother, John, was sentenced to die in prison. His crime? Selling weed. In 1994, John Knock was indicted by the Northern District of Florida. Prosecutors alleged that Knock, then 47 years old, conspired to import vast amounts of marijuana into the United States through Canada over several years.
Jul 16, 2015

Prison for life for offenses involving a drug now legal in much of country, @EricMarkowitz on mass incarceration ibtimes.com/these-men-are-…

Jul 16, 2015

As Obama visits a prison today, time to remember there are people serving LIFE sentences for pot @ericmarkowitz ibtimes.com/these-men-are-…

Jul 16, 2015

RT @learmonth: As Obama visits a prison today, time to remember there are people serving LIFE sentences for pot @ericmarkowitz ibtimes.com/these-men-are-…

Jul 16, 2015

These Men Are Serving Life Sentences In Prison For Selling Pot ibtimes.com/these-men-are-…

Jul 16, 2015

RT @petersgoodman: Prison for life for offenses involving a drug now legal in much of country, @EricMarkowitz on mass incarceration ibtimes.com/these-men-are-…

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Private Tech Firms Securus, GTL Offer Jails Million-Dollar Payments, Tablet Computers For Exclusive Phone Contracts

ibtimes.com — Prison phone calls are notoriously expensive for inmates and their families. Rates as high as $10 for a 15-minute phone call are not uncommon. But for the private tech companies that provide the service, winning those exclusive contracts is enormously lucrative. So how exactly do these companies clinch the deals?
Jul 10, 2015

Telcos w/ exclusc rights handle calls to prison inmates get contracts thru $1 mil payments to prisons @EricMarkowitz ibtimes.com/private-tech-f…

Jul 10, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Private Tech Firms Securus, GTL Offer Jails Millions For Exclusive Phone Contracts (@EricMarkowitz) ibtimes.com/private-tech-f…

Jul 10, 2015

RT @markfbonner: EXCLUSIVE: Private Tech Firms Securus, GTL Offer Jails Millions For Exclusive Phone Contracts (@EricMarkowitz) ibtimes.com/private-tech-f…

Jul 10, 2015

By me: Docs show private tech firms pay $1,000,000 signing bonuses to jails to win contracts ibtimes.com/private-tech-f… pic.twitter.com/Ipk6ECLYY0

Jul 10, 2015

You won't believe what these 'tech' companies pay for prison contracts - @ericmarkowitz exclusive ibtimes.com/private-tech-f…

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Baltimore Is Hosting America's Largest Police Expo This Week And Military-Style Tanks And Grenade Launchers Are On Display

ibtimes.com — BALTIMORE, Md. -- If you've ever wondered where police get their military-style tanks or grenade launchers -- or even those fancy new hi-tech body cameras -- there's a good chance your local sheriff was pitched by a company here at the annual National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) conference, the country's largest trade show for cops, which kicked off Sunday evening in Baltimore, Maryland.
Jun 29, 2015

Baltimore his hosting a massive police expo this week. Cue irony @ericmarkowitz ibtimes.com/baltimore-host…

Jun 29, 2015

Irony? Baltimore is hosting a giant police convention--I'm covering it for @IBTimes. My first impressions: ibtimes.com/baltimore-host…

Jun 30, 2015

RT @maxwillens: My colleague @EricMarkowitz went to America's biggest police expo, and boy, did he see a lot of rocket launchers. ibtimes.com/baltimore-host…

Jul 01, 2015

Baltimore Is Hosting America's Largest Police Expo And Military-Style Tanks And Grenade Launchers Are On Display ibtimes.com/baltimore-host…

This New Tech Is Making Prison Inmates Flush Their Smuggled Cell Phones Down Toilets

ibtimes.com — They come in through the mail, tucked in babies' diapers on family visits, and snuck in by prison guards. Cops say that inmates use cell phones to plan gang attacks or coordinate hits on the outside, and prison officials are desperate to keep them out.
Jun 26, 2015

This New Tech Is Making Prison Inmates Flush Their Smuggled Cell Phones Down Toilets @ericmarkowitz @jeffstone500 ibtimes.com/new-tech-makin…

Jun 26, 2015

I wrote about the technology that keeps cell phones out of the hands of inmates ibtimes.com/new-tech-makin… cc @jeffstone500

Ross Ulbricht Appeal Coming This Week; Defense Will Blast Judge For 'Unreasonable' Life Sentence

ibtimes.com — A New York judge sentenced Ross Ulbricht to life in prison last Friday for his role in creating Silk Road, but the 31-year-old Texas native won't be going down without a fight. Ulbricht's defense attorneys are mounting an aggressive appeal, and say they are likely to file official paperwork in the federal district court by the end of this week.
Jun 02, 2015

Ross Ulbricht's attorneys will file an appeal by the end of this week. My story with @jeffstone500 ibtimes.com/ross-ulbricht-…

Jun 02, 2015

RT @jeffstone500: Ross Ubricht's attorneys will appeal his life sentence this week. The latest Silk Road news from me & @EricMarkowitz http…

Jun 03, 2015

Ulbricht's attorneys to file appeal this week - will challenge 'reasonableness' of 2 lifes + 30 ibtimes.com/ross-ulbricht-…

Jun 03, 2015

RT @BitcoinNooz: Ross Ulbricht Appeal Coming This Week; Defense Will Blast Judge For 'Unreasonable' Life Sentence dlvr.it/B4dscb - #bitcoin

Why Two of America’s Biggest Prison Tech Companies Are Battling Over Patents

ibtimes.com — For most Americans, paying a monthly phone bill is a nuisance, but not necessarily prohibitively expensive. In prison, things are different. The phones, which are run by private companies, charge notoriously high rates. So high, in fact, that the Federal Communications Commission began regulating the industry in 2013, setting "rate caps" on interstate calls.
May 27, 2015

The nation's two biggest prison-tech companies are at war over patents - @ericmarkowitz ibtimes.com/why-two-americ…

May 28, 2015

RT @IP_ChrisHolland: Interesting read on why two of America’s biggest prison tech companies are battling over patents goo.gl/IPZ8R0 via @EricMarkowitz

Prison-Tech Giant Securus Will No Longer Require Jails To Remove In-Person Visits

ibtimes.com — Securus, a billion-dollar tech company that works with hundreds of jails and prisons around the United States, will no longer require the prisons it works with to eliminate in-person visitations for inmates and their families. The decision comes one month after an International Business Times investigation, "Video Chats Are Replacing In-Person Jail Visits, While One Tech Company Profits."
May 06, 2015

Prison-tech giant Securus will no longer require jails to stop in-person visits - @ericmarkowitz ibtimes.com/prison-tech-gi…

May 06, 2015

RT @learmonth: Prison-tech giant Securus will no longer require jails to stop in-person visits - @ericmarkowitz ibtimes.com/prison-tech-gi…

May 06, 2015

After @IBTimes investigation, prison-tech giant #Securus will no longer require jails to remove in-person visits: ibtimes.com/prison-tech-gi…

May 06, 2015

RT @IBTimes: In the wake of an IBTimes investigation, this prison-tech giant will no longer ban in-person visits: bit.ly/1EgvClC

May 06, 2015

Great impact reporting by @EricMarkowitz: Prison-Tech Giant Will No Longer Require Jails To Remove In-Person Visits ibtimes.com/prison-tech-gi…

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Why American Jails May Drastically Curtail Inmate Phone Calls

ibtimes.com — For decades, every time an inmate picked up a phone to dial a friend or family member, that correctional facility received a percentage of the cost of the call, typically around 50 percent. With millions of people locked up nationwide, the prison phone industry has flourished, growing to a $1.2 billion year business.
May 01, 2015

By me: Why sheriffs around the country are threatening to eliminate prisoner phone calls (spoiler: it's about $) ibtimes.com/why-american-j…

May 01, 2015

At jails across the US, sheriffs are threatening to literally rip phones out of the walls: ibtimes.com/why-american-j… pic.twitter.com/kSQDrV3WSk

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