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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Orange Is The New Black,
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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.
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.
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" -...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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