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Criminal Justice News This Week (week of 3-22-2021)


Righting Wrongful Convictions “The integrity of criminal convictions and postconviction procedures is a subject under increased scrutiny as criminal justice reform efforts blossom nationwide. In Ohio, a task force has been charged with seeking strategies to combat wrongful convictions and recommending reforms.”


Ask A Public Defender "There are only a few jobs defined in the United States Constitution. We think or hear about most of them often. But it often seems like we don’t think about public defenders until it’s absolutely necessary."


Virtually No One Is Dangerous Enough to Justify Jail "A common sense cost-benefit analysis of pretrial detention."


Prisoners And The Pandemic: A Year Into COVID, Crowded Jails Fuel Infections In Ohio Valley "When the first coronavirus cases were reported last year, Warren County, Kentucky, Jailer Stephen Harmon knew there was going to be a COVID-19 outbreak in his jail. It was just a matter of when."


The Controversy Over Amicus Curiae "In an understandable effort to gain transparency regarding who is subsidizing controversial litigations, let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater."


New York City moves to dismiss hundreds of prostitution cases, decriminalize sex work “The Queens district attorney announced the move Tuesday.”


Cars Have Your Location. This Spy Firm Wants to Sell It to the U.S. Military 15 billion car locations. Nearly any country on Earth. ‘The Ulysses Group’ is pitching a powerful surveillance technology to the U.S. government."


The Dilemma of Lengthy 'Motion Pending' Delays in Federal Courts "We all know the phrase 'justice delayed is justice denied.' Recently, I have been involved in a flurry of discussions with colleagues from the Philadelphia Bar Association relating to this issue."


Unpacking a Decade of Appellate Decisions on Qualified Immunity “Prompted by several recent high-visibility killings by police officers, the U.S. civil rights enforcement regime is the subject of focused attention at the national, state, and local levels. Much of the discussion has centered on the barriers that prevent victims of civil rights violations and their families from obtaining relief through civil litigation. Of all of these barriers, qualified immunity—a powerful judicial doctrine that shields government officials, including those in law enforcement, from being held personally responsible for constitutional violations—has received the lion’s share of attention.”



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