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Criminal Justice

From Oregon, a Beautiful Story of Understanding, Hope, and Redemption Within the Criminal Justice System

Kevin Sali | Posted 11.25.2015 | Crime
Kevin Sali

The criminal justice system is a tough one to work in. At least in major cases, those of us who work in this field are usually there because something awful has happened to someone. In a murder or assault case, someone's dead or seriously injured; in a white-collar case, people may have lost their life savings. The effects on the victims and those close to them can be real and tragic.

Police and the Court of Public Opinion

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 11.24.2015 | Black Voices
Paul Schwennesen

In time, and with the right kind of evidence, perhaps the court of public opinion can be better informed before deciding its verdict.

Meet the Prosecutor Fighting to Overturn Wrongful Convictions

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Almost two years ago, Kenneth Thompson was running to become Brooklyn's District Attorney. Not only did Mr. Thompson promise to be hard on crime, he also promised to reexamine the cases of those who claimed to be innocent. Mr. Thompson eventually won, and, true to his word, his office has reviewed a large number of cases.

An Illustration of Procedural Due Process: Defending a Driving While Intoxicated Case

Brad Reid | Posted 11.24.2015 | Crime
Brad Reid

With the holidays approaching, again we must implore individuals not to drink and drive. Clearly many tragic deaths, injuries, and property damage occ...

A Second Chance

Leslie Herod | Posted 11.11.2015 | Denver
Leslie Herod

People who have paid their debt to society this week got a significant opportunity and a second chance at putting their lives back together. Recently,...

Kids Who Face Criminal Charges More Likely To Die Young

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.17.2015 | Healthy Living

The horrors juveniles suffer in adults prisons -- including high recidivism rates and the abuse they suffer at the hands of correctional officers and...

Tonight's Debate: We Need to Talk About Mass Incarceration

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 11.14.2015 | Politics
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

When it comes to criminal justice, the nation is at a crossroads. There is widespread agreement that too many are in prison for too long. Saturday night would be an ideal time for one of the candidates to begin demonstrating leadership on this issue.

Police Sued By Man Who Was Tased For 42 Seconds Straight

Courthouse News Service | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.17.2015 | Crime

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CN) - A man who endured the business end of a stun gun for 42 agonizing seconds claims in a federal complaint that Fredericksburg, V...

Can the Government Put a Price Tag On Your Right to Choose Your Lawyer?

Evan Bernick | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

When, if ever, can the government effectively prevent a criminal defendant from using their legitimate assets to hire a lawyer? That's the fundamental question that the Supreme Court confronts in Luis v. United States--a question that implicates the integrity of the criminal justice system.

We Must Fix This Major Glitch in Constitutional Law Immediately

Seth Abramson | Posted 11.11.2015 | Crime
Seth Abramson

#BlackLivesMatter is a just and vital political tool in the fight against police brutality. The problem is that it reduces to a matter of race a series of legal scenarios that are about race but also -- in addition -- a problem with the Fourth and Fifth Amendments that prosecutors and judges have done nothing whatsoever to remedy.

Shootings Involving LA Police Nearly Doubled This Year

AP | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shootings involving Los Angeles Police Department officers have doubled this year, a statistic that the new head of the agen...

Hollowing Out Civil Rights Law: Supreme Court Signs Off On 'Shoot First, Think Later' Policing

Evan Bernick | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

The question of whether ordinary Americans have any meaningful civil recourse against officers who violate their rights has taken on pressing importance. On Monday, in an appalling decision, the Supreme Court effectively answered "no."

A 'Crazy' Plan Shook Up An 'Old School' Federal Prosecutor's Outlook

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sean Kittrell has been a federal prosecutor for more than two decades. He packs a gun in Charleston, South Carolina, where he's kno...

Wrongful Convictions Then and Now: The Tragic Case of George Stinney, Jr.

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 11.05.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

In 1944, George Stinney Jr., a 14-year-old African American, was charged with murdering two young white girls: Betty June Binnicker, 11 and Mary Emma Thames, seven. Their bodies were found stabbed to death in the lumber mill town of Alcolu.

Sonia Sotomayor Gets Unexpectedly Personal Inside The Courtroom

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Every oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court is unscripted, but rarely is the great marble courtroom the place to get real about one's...

10 Things You Need To Know About Washington's Innovative Parole Program

Jason Tashea | Posted 11.04.2015 | Crime
Jason Tashea

Washington state restructured community supervision to avoid uncertainty, they call it Swift and Certain (SAC). SAC's sanctions are immediate, proportional and predictable. Instead of waiting for multiple violations to trigger a trip to a judge and possibly jail, SAC's sanctions happen quickly and are predetermined based on the violation.

Tattered Justice System Overlooks Dangerous Cops

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

Law enforcement officers accused of sexual misconduct have jumped from job to job — and at times faced fresh allegations that include rapin...

Obama Gets Personal In Criminal Justice Push

AP | Adam Goldberg | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

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Clinton Wants To 'Ban The Box' For Federal Government & Contractors

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton would take executive action as president to "ban the box" within the federal government and for federal contractors, pre...

Rebuilding Baltimore

Now What | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics

As Baltimore cleans up from rioting over the death of Freddie Gray, many wonder how the city will recover....

The Limiting Language Of Disruption

Jason Tashea | Posted 10.29.2015 | Technology
Jason Tashea

Criminal justice and tech are having a moment, and I don't want this moment to leave a bitter taste because we were promised disruption and only experienced incremental change.

What Happens When Moms Go To Prison

Trend Lines | Nico Pitney | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics

This story was originally published on Child Trends' blog Trend Lines. By now, “Orange is the New Black” fans have had ample time to bing...

Hillary Clinton Would Not Abolish The Death Penalty

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics

During a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came out against abolishing the death penalty...

Woman Criminally Charged for Giving Water to Dehydrated Pigs

Anna Pippus | Posted 11.11.2015 | Green
Anna Pippus

Federal law allows pigs to be transported for up to 36 hours without food, water or rest. That probably explains why the pigs were desperate for water--imagine being in a crowded, metal truck on a hot day for many hours?

Obama To Police: We Must 'Stick With The Facts' On Criminal Justice

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO -- President Barack Obama told police chiefs from across the country on Tuesday that the country is enjoying "historically low rates of violen...