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Drugs Minus Two FAQ: Everything You Need to Know About Amendment 782

This post was co-authored by Brandon Sample, Executive Director of Prisology, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is working to reform the U.S. criminal justice system. Brandon is an author, writer, and presently pursuing his law...Show More Summary

FBI Rolls Out Biometric Database On Schedule, Accompanying Privacy Impact Assessment Still Nowhere To Be Found

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The FBI has just announced that all systems are go for its biometric database. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division announced today the achievement of full operational capability of the Next Generation Identification (NGI) System. Show More Summary

Racial Disparity in Imprisonment Inspire Whites to be “Tough on Crime”

“Advocates might want to try different language (or a different approach) in their campaign to reform the criminal justice system,” writes Jamelle Bouie for Slate. She drew her conclusion after summarizing a new pair of studies, by psychologists...Show More Summary

No, Ray Rice Should Not Be In Jail

The criminal justice system is failing when it comes to domestic violence, but not because Rice isn't in "jail."

The Chasm Between Blacks And Whites Who Think The Justice System Is Biased Is Getting Even Wider

While about two-third of blacks continued to believe the criminal justice system is biased, just 25 percent of whites do. The post The Chasm Between Blacks And Whites Who Think The Justice System Is Biased Is Getting Even Wider appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Miraculous Works Of The Criminal Justice System

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Thanks to its ingenuity and expeditiousness, the criminal justice system -- from the cops busting perps to judges presiding over arraignments -- is able to perform small miracles. The impossible is nothing, not when these forces come into play. Show More Summary

Criminal Justice System

For several days the identity of the third man who took part in a vicious attack on Paul Kohler was unknown, I imagine because the two Polish who men arrested at the scene were under no obligation to co-operate and name their accomplice - even though it stands to reason that they must have known his identity. Show More Summary

Who Decides Perry’s Fate If Convicted?

HOUSTON, Texas – The recent indictments of Governor Rick Perry has brought attention to the criminal justice system in Texas. The question of who selects special prosecutors and grand jurors, and how a criminal case runs its course through the criminal judicial system, are all in the mind of the public. Show More Summary

Spotlight on Sentencing

Here's another case where if you ask me, Scotland's criminal justice system is failing to protect the public. The record appears to show that this violent serial offender, Alexander Gallagher, was given a five year prison sentence for...Show More Summary

urban sociology puzzle and the public choice theory of police

A major theme of Goffman’s On the Run book/article is that the criminal justice system incapacitates Black men by entangling them with surveillance, leading many to become outlaws. This is in contrast to earlier work that claimed that police had abandoned, or had minimal involvement with, poor urban neighborhoods. So what’s the deal? Here’s one […]

'Incarceration Society'

Dan Little: Incarceration society: It is becoming increasingly clear that the criminal justice system is an important component of the system of race in the United States today. Michelle Alexander's important book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the...

Where's the Justice for Child Sex Trafficking Victims? Only 1 in 4 Buyers Get Jail Time

While child sex trafficking is a serious crime, those who purchase sex with minors often avoid stiff punishment in the U.S. criminal justice system, according to a new report.

Connecting the Dots: The Entire Criminal Justice System Is in Need of an Overhaul

The recent in media coverage of the abuses of law enforcement and corrections department staff elicit a range of emotions, particularly among those of us working in the criminal justice system who hear about and witness these incidents on a daily basis. Show More Summary

Ferguson and the First Amendment

Too true: If all the narratives coming out of Ferguson, Missouri—the militarization of local cops, the racial disparities in the criminal justice system, the acceptable uses of force—the constitutional story that has most captured our attention is that of the police persistently violating the First Amendment rights of both the protesters and the press. When […]

Ferguson’s Constitutional Crisis

Of all the narratives coming out of Ferguson, Missouri—the militarization of local cops, the racial disparities in the criminal justice system, the acceptable uses of force—the constitutional story that has most captured our attention is that of the police persistently violating the First Amendment rights of both the protesters and the press. Show More Summary

Governor Jay Nixon: Both the State AG and Eric Holder Must "Vigorously Prosecute" Darren Wilson

At 3:20, below. More at Hot Air. And below that, Megyn Kelly is not impressed with Nixon's understanding of the criminal justice system....

New Stanford Criminal Justice Study Right, But Incomplete and Misleading

Criminal justice experts routinely point out a set of facts to show that the system is in need of serious reform. They frequently cite things like: incarceration rates are at an all-time high and disproportionately higher for Latinos and African Americans; the U.S. Show More Summary

Guantánamo's Layers of Lawyers

In the criminal justice system, we're familiar with two separate yet equally important groups of lawyers. On one side, we have attorneys for the government, who investigate, charge, and prosecute crimes. On the other, we have the defense...Show More Summary

Random Thoughts

Random thoughts on the passing scene: I don’t know why we are spending our hard-earned money paying taxes to support a criminal justice system, when issues of guilt and innocence are being determined on television — and even punishment...Show More Summary

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