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The Law Is Not as Blind as It Seems

An Australian study says “trauma-stricken” individuals cause stress among the health professionals and lawyers who work with them, including those who work with justice-involved populations–indirectly affecting their ability to perform their jobs.

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Why the Money Bail System Needs to End

As little as three days behind bars has been shown to make someone more likely to be rearrested later. So requiring individuals to put up money bail or await their trial behind bars not only discriminates against the poor, but risks public safety.


Cops On the Witness Stand: Are They Credible ‘Experts’?

Police officers are now asked to testify in court on complex questions ranging from gambling and prostitution to narcotics. But presumptions about police competence can be “deeply distorted,” and can lend themselves to conflicts of interest, Columbia Law School Academic Fellow Anna Lvovsky argues in a forthcoming Harvard Law Review article.

Some MO Courts Consolidating After Criticism

Small suburban municipal courts in St. Louis County have been accused of concentrating on generation of revenue for public services rather than public safety. Brendan Roediger, law professor who sued several courts, calls it a “small move in the right direction.”