Releases from jail for persons awaiting trial increased by more than 81 percent between April and June, according to a nationwide survey of pretrial services agencies. The fact that crime rates remained relatively stable suggests that changes made in the era of the coronavirus should become permanent, survey leaders said.
The Supreme Court blocked the House from viewing former special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury documents Thursday. The ruling means that the documents will be released after Trump faces voters in November.
The contest between incumbent Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey and her challenger, George Gascón, was a battle over progressive prosecution ideas even before the nation exploded in protest. Now the stakes are even higher.
Even though criminal cases took priority during the pandemic-induced shutdown of Connecticut courts, the state’s habit of starving its courts of needed technology budgets has left a growing backlog and bottlenecks over the use of paper records.
While a small but influential group of big-city “progressive” prosecutors are actively promoting restorative justice, mainstream DAs remain skeptical. The way to win more converts is to show how the concept fits within traditional justice goals — and also hope for a less hostile political environment, argues a Fordham Law Review paper.
Thousands of state and local judges kept positions of power after violating judicial ethics rules or breaking laws they pledged to uphold, Reuters reports. Judges made racist statements, lied to state officials and jailed defendants without a lawyer, and then returned to the bench.