A study of Texas’ court-managed diversion program by two economists is welcome news for those who argue that helping individuals steer clear of a first criminal conviction can reduce recidivism and increase the likelihood of securing―and retaining―legitimate employment.
While the Supreme Court has decided that a police officer does not need a warrant to enter someone’s home while in pursuit of a fleeing felon, justices appear conflicted over whether the decision should allow officers the same access for petty crimes.
Difficulties in obtaining funding and sufficient staff, combined with skepticism from many parts of the justice system, have kept the number of prosecutors’ internal investigative units small. Nevertheless, the units are a major reason for the increase in exonerations across the U.S., a John Jay webinar was told Tuesday.
Since Roe v Wade, hundreds of people have been criminalized for allegedly having a self-managed abortion, which occurs when a woman ends her own pregnancy using pills, herbal remedies or other methods. That needs to change, says the American Bar Associartion.
One of President Joe Biden’s first executive actions was to extend the federal moratorium on evictions to March 31. But as lawmakers fight to make certain people facing eviction have a legal right to an attorney, landlords employ law firms that trap tenants in an overwhelming cycle of debt.
University of Texas at San Antonio researchers looked at the punishment for sex offender and child pornography offenses over an 8-12 year period. They found that, despite Congressional sentencing legislation, Black and Hispanic Americans are receiving harsher sentences over time.