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Criminal Justice News This Week (week of 12-30-19)

Is revenge porn protected speech? The Supreme Court may soon weigh in. "Legislation criminalizing nonconsensual pornography has gained traction in much of the country. Forty-six states and the District of Columbia have passed revenge porn laws over the past decade, and appeals courts across the country are beginning to take up cases involving the constitutionality of 'revenge porn' statutes on First Amendment grounds."

The Rikers Coffee Academy. "Can teaching inmates to make lattes give them a chance at a better future?" 

Courts Grapple with a Sea Change in Fourth Amendment Law After Carpenter v US: Year in Review 2019. "In the year and a half since the Supreme Court’s ruling, Carpenter has been cited in more than 450 criminal and civil cases across the country. Carpenter caused a sea change in Fourth Amendment law because it expressly recognized that, under the right circumstances, we have a reasonable expectation of privacy in information we share with third parties and in our actions while we’re in public. The question courts began to grapple with in 2019 and will continue to address in 2020 is what those circumstances are."

Top 5 State-Level Criminal Justice Reform Laws of 2019. “From the death penalty to drug policy and juvenile sentencing, states have passed laws in 2019 to address a number of different criminal justice issues. Some states were able to make these changes through their legislature, while others relied on their governor or referendums. Many of these laws will go into effect on New Year’s Day 2020.”

Legal Marijuana Sales May Spark Midwest Interstate Tension. "Retailers legally selling marijuana for the past month in Michigan say they have drawn customers from surrounding Midwestern states where the drug remains illegal and, as Illinois prepares to joins the recreational market on Wednesday, officials are renewing warnings to consumers against carrying such products over state lines."

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