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Obama struggles with stance on the death penalty

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is making a hard case for overhauling the U.S. criminal justice system, but where he stands on the death penalty is unclear. A shortage of lethal injection drugs has meant de facto freezes inShow More Summary

Remand: Pepperdine Law School's Global Justice Program In Uganda

My wife and I spent a wonderful Saturday night in Santa Monica, watching a preview of the forthcoming documentary Remand, detailing Pepperdine Law School's work in reforming Uganda's criminal justice system. Watch the trailer:

Time to Overhaul the Criminal Justice System?

This week I hosted a debate between two federal appellate judges on the question, “Does the American Criminal Justice System Need an Overhaul?”  Judge Alex Kozinski says it does; Judge Jay Harvey Wilkinson says it does not.  Watch it...Show More Summary

JUSTICE: “Perhaps, as the DOJ response suggests, the biggest problem with our criminal justice syst…

JUSTICE: “Perhaps, as the DOJ response suggests, the biggest problem with our criminal justice system today is that prosecutors are sometimes criticized and that hurts their feelings, but I don’t think so.”

Sword and Scale Episode 56

Over the course of the last year we’ve spoken to many different people from all walks of life. We asked them one simple question: “If there was one thing you could change about the criminal justice system, what would it be.” This final episode of Season 2 is a compilation of their answers. We’re joined […]

Scandinavia's Defendant-Friendly Criminal Justice Attitudes Extend to Terrorists

The Scandinavian nations of Denmark, Norway and Sweden have historically been among the least likely in the western world to experience violent crime in any form, including terrorism. That's changed, but the justice systems have not...

Kermit Alexander’s Life Sentence

Former San Francisco 49ers star Kermit Alexander is death penalty opponents’ worst nightmare. Foes of the death penalty argue that the criminal justice system is skewed against African-Americans and that

The Uncertain World of Crowdfunding Your Day in Court

Crowdfunding — once just used to raise money for things like trendy coffee makers — has become a tool for dealing with the criminal justice system. The post The Uncertain World of Crowdfunding Your Day in Court appeared first on WIR...

Guilty as Charged

The jury in the case of Becky Watts have done their duty by finding her killers, Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare, guilty as charged. The question now is whether the criminal justice system will hand down a sentence that reflects the depravity of their crimes. Show More Summary

Alicia Keys Talks Criminal Justice Reform on Capitol Hill

Alicia Keys addressed members of Congress and staffers on behalf of individuals and families affected by broken facets of the criminal justice system Monday, The Guardian reports. The musician was joined by civil rights activist Van Jones and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, a leader of the ongoing charge to reform issues like mandatory minimum...

Ex-prisoner says he felt 'set up to fail' by criminal justice system on John Oliver

On Sunday night's "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver spent nearly 20 minutes on the topic of prison re-entry. The topic is especially timely given the recent early release of 6,000 prisoners, the largest one-time release of federal inmates. Show More Summary

Watch: John Oliver Slams One of the Worst Things About America's Criminal Justice System

The host of Last Week tonight explained how hard America makes life for former prisoners. John Oliver has tackled many aspects of America's broken criminal justice system, from mandatory minimums that have resulted in prisons crowded...Show More Summary

John Oliver Breaks Down America’s Crazily Dysfunctional Prisoner Re-Entry Process

John Oliver has dedicated several of Last Week Tonight’s in-depth investigations this year to the harrowing aspects of our criminal justice system, including mandatory minimums, the bail system, public defenders, and municipal violations. Show More Summary

John Oliver Slams the Criminal Justice System for Setting Former Prisoners Up to Fail

On Sunday, John Oliver dedicated his show to exposing yet another aspect of our broken criminal justice system, this time focusing on what happens to former offenders once they leave prison and attempt to re-enter society. As the Last...Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Backs Shorter Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Hillary Clinton, laying out more ideas for overhauling the criminal justice system, is backing shorter mandatory minimum sentences and more discretion for judges, adding her support to bipartisan momentum for these changes.

Guess How Much This Liberal City Charges the Poor to Stay Out of Jail?

A recent class-action lawsuit challenging San Francisco County's money-based bail system illustrates the plight of poor arrestees. America's criminal justice system imposes unnecessary hardship on the poor in an abundance of ways, but...Show More Summary

Unintended consequences of Prop. 47 pose challenge for criminal justice system

Semisi Sina has kept sheriff's deputies busy in the last year. The 30-year-old has stolen bicycles from his Hacienda Heights neighborhood. He has skipped out on drug treatment and kept up his meth habit. He has racked up 16 arrests, earning himself a place near the top of the Los Angeles County...

Hillary Clinton Meets With Mothers of Black Men Killed by Police

Hillary Rodham Clinton met with the mothers of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Trayvon Martin, and reaffirmed her pledge to overhaul the criminal justice system.

An Unlikely Savior to End the Criminalization of Mental Illness

Aaron Wynn, was an unlikely savior. This is how PBS, in its Special Frontline Report described Aaron, a 25 year old man from Broward County, Florida who sparked a new system of justice with the establishment of America's first Mental Health Court. Show More Summary

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