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Criminal Justice News This Week (week of 2-1-2021)

Criminal Justice News This Week (week of 2-01-21)


Ohio courts kept pace in 2020, but COVID-19 left some defendants stuck in jail "Despite months of slowdowns and shutdowns of many courthouse functions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, courts across Ohio managed to keep pace with the cases that were filed in 2020."


Why the Biden Administration’s Choice to Lead the Bureau of Prisons Matters "The attorney general could pick a new head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. That person should have public health experience, formerly incarcerated activists say."


Ohio Supreme Court to decide limits of Marsy’s Law in kidnapping, rape trial ("llowing a crime victim to sit at the prosecutor’s table and be introduced as a representative of the state during a kidnapping and rape trial prejudiced the jury against the defendant, his attorney argued before the Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday.")


Public Defenders Suffer From the ‘Stress of Injustice’: Study "Budget cutbacks, huge caseloads and most recently the pressures placed on the justice system by COVID-19 are taking a heavy psychological toll on public defenders, according to a new study."


Judges with criminal defense or civil rights backgrounds are rare in federal court. We need more. "Prosecutors wear more than their fair share of the robes in federal court. It’s time to level the field. By nominating more public defenders and civil rights attorneys to the federal bench, President Joe Biden can begin to correct the imbalance in professional diversity in our courts, improve the judiciary’s legitimacy and help rehabilitate public perception of our justice system at this critical juncture, when faith in the fair administration of justice is fading."


Surveillance And Local Police: How Technology Is Evolving Faster Than Regulation "Your local police department may know more about you than you think. Journalist Jon Fasman says local police are frequently able to access very powerful surveillance tools — including publicly accessible CCTV cameras, automatic license plate readers and cell phone tracking devices — with little oversight."




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