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Cara H. Drinan

A Congressional Fix to the Indigent Defense Crisis

Cara H. Drinan | April 29, 2016 | Crime
In 1963, the United States Supreme Court held in Gideon v. Wainwright that poor criminal defendants are entitled to legal representation at the state's expense. Unfortunately, the vision of the Gideon decision has never been realized at the state level.
Jason Hernandez

You Serve Your Time, Earn Your Freedom, Then the Job Market Shuts the Door in Your Face

Jason Hernandez | April 29, 2016 | Politics
I'd heard that it's hard for those who have served time to find work, but I was confident because I thought I had the skills I needed to get my life back on track and become a productive member of my community. I had no idea that the job market is barricaded against people like me.
Brian David Crane

Military Phone Scams: Phone Fraud and Identity Theft a Growing Issue for Military Personnel

Brian David Crane | April 29, 2016 | Crime
Phone scammers usually try to target vulnerable groups of people, such as the elderly or immigrants, however another group that is being heavily targeted are military personnel.
Andre Gaskin

With Re-Entry Resources, Focus and Commitment, I'm Actually Living the Life I Planned For While Incarcerated

Andre Gaskin | April 29, 2016 | Politics
After being gone for so long, you need support to transition back into society. You need information. You need a network. You need people around you who actually have access to the services that will help you. And you need those right away if you want to earn money and sustain yourself.
Paul G. Mattiuzzi

Trump, Lewandowski and the Dynamics of Retaliation: If You Complain, You Will Be Punished

Paul G. Mattiuzzi | April 28, 2016 | Crime
Lewandowski's hypothesis of innocence was founded on the assertion that he acted in response to a reasonably perceived threat, within Trump's "protective bubble." The hypothesis invokes what legal theorists refer to as the law of excuses.
Linda A. Seabrook

Let's Stop Referring to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as 'Women's Issues'

Linda A. Seabrook | April 28, 2016 | Politics
From reproductive rights to paid family leave to sexual and domestic violence, our society neatly categorizes issues where women bear the brunt of the burden as "women's issues," turning them into problems for women and women's rights advocates alone to solve.
Brian Levin, J.D.

3 Tied to San Bernardino Terrorists Indicted on Conspiracy and False Statement Charges

Brian Levin, J.D. | April 28, 2016 | Crime
All defendants are charged with conspiracy to make false statements under oath in immigration papers, a federal felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment.
Kim Parker Russell

How Gun Violence Changed My Life Forever

Kim Parker Russell | April 28, 2016 | Politics
Four days after the Columbine massacre, on April 24, 1999, I was on a date with my friend Philip in Atlanta when we were robbed by a teen with a stolen gun. He shot both of us and Philip was killed. And every spring, no matter how hard I try to enjoy the season, I'm reminded of that night. I can smell it.
Joel Cohen

Obviating the Danger of the BCC

Joel Cohen | April 27, 2016 | Crime
When you send someone an email, more likely than not, you intend the email to be for the recipient alone. You don't routinely add language: "do not forward this email; for your eyes only." You send the email - the privacy aspect is, we all believe, understood.
Bennett L. Gershman

Tricks Prosecutors Play: Manipulating the "Golden Rule" by Channeling

Bennett L. Gershman | April 27, 2016 | Crime
It's fascinating to watch some prosecutors engage in over-the-top courtroom oratory -- shameless, inflammatory and insidious. It could be dark comedy if the stakes weren't so serious. Prosecutors love to play to the jury, and juries typically eat it up.
Ashton Chan

What's Juice Gotta Do With It?

Ashton Chan | April 27, 2016 | Crime
24 years ago, the city of LA burned during the Rodney King riots. Three years later, a mostly black jury acquitted O.J. Simpson for two murders he probably committed. The motivation in both instances? The deep mistrust and sense of outrage African Americans felt towards a police force that continuously brutalized them.
Chandra Bozelko

Prison Diaries Is Honored by the Webby Awards -- But Who Won?

Chandra Bozelko | April 28, 2016 | Crime
Because there are no selfies taken in cells, Prison Diaries can't offer actual glimpses inside a modern prison; I use only stock photos, my mug shots and ID picture. Nor is there anything streaming live on Prison Diaries; every post was handwritten years ago.
Ernie Lewis

Expanding the Role of Public Defenders in Reentry: Improving Public Safety, Protecting the Rights of Formerly Incarcerated People

Ernie Lewis | April 26, 2016 | Politics
Public defenders can and do play a critical role in helping people transitioning back to the community, when provided the opportunity and funding to do so.
Christopher Zoukis

Tribeca film screenings cast restorative light behind prison walls

Christopher Zoukis | April 27, 2016 | Crime
When you hear Tribeca, you probably think of the glamorous New York film festival started by actor Robert De Niro in 2002. Recently, though, the Tribeca Film Institute - which "champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities" -...
Ursula Nwobu

If We Had A Dollar For Every Right Driving Decision We Made..

Ursula Nwobu | April 26, 2016 | Crime
Drivers who refuse to be sober and focused when driving should be held accountable. If attorneys need to be consulted then they ought to, so that families can have a hedge against such sad and difficult episodes.
Andrea L. Dennis

Louisiana Rapper's Case Speaks to Bigger Problems in the Criminal Justice System

Andrea L. Dennis | April 25, 2016 | Politics
Across America, men and women who were unfairly convicted languish in jails and prisons. Those cases and stories rarely receive any attention from the legal system, the media, and the public. Fortunately for Mac Phipps, the media has taken note and well-known artists have publicly offered him their support.
Vincent N. Schiraldi

It's Time to Enfranchise People With Felonies

Vincent N. Schiraldi | April 24, 2016 | Crime
There's no public safety justification for stripping people of their right to vote. In fact, it's more likely that exercising the right to vote contributes to normalcy and law abiding behavior than the opposite.
Allison Alter

The Price of Punishment Experienced as a Layperson

Allison Alter | April 25, 2016 | Crime
In my early thirties I completed a year of clinical internship within a secure treatment juvenile detention facility for adjudicated girls. It was a new, state-of-the-art building structured to be environmentally savvy, as well as very much look and feel like a prison. Having worked within both adult and adolescent...
Vincent N. Schiraldi

Stop Solitary for Kids

Vincent N. Schiraldi | April 22, 2016 | Crime
Co-authored by Mark Soler, Executive Director of the Center for Children's Law and Policy, and one of the leaders of #StopSolitaryForKids. Every day in the United States, some 54,000 young people are incarcerated in the juvenile justice system. Many experience the harsh realities of solitary confinement during their...
Bennett L. Gershman

Prosecutorial Discretion Run Amok

Bennett L. Gershman | April 21, 2016 | Crime
Lee Carroll Brooker, a 76-year-old decorated and disabled combat war veteran was sentenced to die in prison for growing marijuana in his backyard. He grew the marijuana to alleviate pain from his physical disabilities. The judges who imposed and affirmed his sentence acknowledged that the sentence was
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