Justice Department Announces Updated Guidance on Improving Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence by Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias

The Justice Department today announced guidance to help law enforcement agencies (LEAs) recognize, mitigate and prevent gender bias and other biases from compromising the response to, and investigation of, sexual assault, domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence.


Tennessee Corrections Officer Charged with Obstructing Investigation Into Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with an Inmate

A Columbia, Tennessee, man was charged today with obstructing an investigation into allegations that he sexually abused an inmate in his custody.


Justice Department Secures Settlement of Employment Claim for Air National Guard Reservist Against the Illinois Department of Corrections

The Justice Department announced that it has agreed to settle its complaint against the Illinois Department of Corrections, which alleged that the IDOC violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) by failing to properly reemploy Illinois Air National Guard Reservist Roderick Workman in his proper “escalator position” following his return from military service.


Justice Department Launches Civil Rights Investigation into Kentucky’s Mental Health Service System

The Department of Justice announced today that it has opened an investigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into whether the Commonwealth of Kentucky subjects adults with serious mental illness living in the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro area to unnecessary institutionalization, and serious risk of institutionalization, in psychiatric hospitals.


BOP Corrections Officer Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault of Woman in Federal Custody in Los Angeles

Jose Viera, 49, a corrections officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), pleaded guilty today in federal court in the Central District of California to one felony count of deprivation of rights under color of law for sexually assaulting a woman in custody in December 2020.


Justice Department Secures Agreement in Race Discrimination Lawsuit Involving Two Rental Properties in Georgia

The Department of Justice announced today that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has approved a consent decree resolving the department’s Fair Housing Act lawsuit alleging race discrimination in housing by the owners and manager of two rental properties in Cedartown, Georgia.


Washington Man Pleads Guilty to Committing Hate Crime for Arson at Seattle Nightclub

Kalvinn Garcia, 25, of Sedro Woolley, Washington, pleaded guilty to one count of committing a hate crime for the Feb. 24, 2020 arson at Queer/Bar, a nightclub and event space in Seattle, Washington.


Former Mississippi Deputy Warden Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Inmate at Parchman Prison

Melvin Hilson, 49, a former deputy warden at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, which is also known as Parchman, pleaded guilty today to violating an inmate’s civil rights in 2016.


Three Kentucky Correctional Officers Indicted for Assaulting Inmates and Attempting to Cover it Up

Three federal correctional officers — two officers and a lieutenant — have been indicted by a federal grand jury in London, Kentucky, for their respective roles in assaults against two inmates and subsequent cover-ups, announced Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division; U.S. Attorney Carlton S. Shier for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Special Agent in Charge William J. Hannah of the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General’s Chicago Field Office; and Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of FBI Louisville.