Reducing the number of people held in pretrial detention and ensuring public safety are “not mutually exclusive,” Jonathan Lippman, former Chief Judge for the New York Court of Appeals, told a Webinar exploring the impact of New York’s historic bail reform law Wednesday.
In what is already one of the most litigious election years in U.S. history, federal lawsuits alleging violations of voters’ civil rights in the wake of election contests between February and August have soared by 82 percent over the same period in 2016, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.
Criminal justice reformers praised the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for being skeptical about the government’s wielding its power unfairly against defendants and prisoners. She also sided with law enforcement and the Trump administration at times, and she was pragmatic on her approach to the death penalty.
A court filing marks the first time District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has suggested specific criminal charges — including falsifying business records and tax fraud — that could hypothetically apply to President Donald Trump, should the grand jury find evidence to support them.
An Urban Institute study of Kentucky’s landmark youth justice reform law passed in 2014 found that nearly nine out of 10 youth completed diversion programs and avoided formal court involvement. Nevertheless, race and ethnic disparities in the diversion programs were “significant and persisted,” and recidivism rates didn’t statistically change.
A judge is yet to decide whether the trial of four ex-police officers charged in George Floyd’s death may be televised. Supporters of audio and visual coverage say the high-profile nature of Floyd’s death, the outrage that led to protests, and courtroom restrictions caused by the pandemic make this the right time to allow cameras in court.