Concerns of Mental Competence Rise with Lawyers Over 65

As lawyers emerge from a year of pandemic-induced isolation, concerns have grown around the mental competency of the growing number of attorneys over 65 in an industry where colleagues are ill-equipped to distinguish between signs of of normal aging and something more in lawyers who can be relatively high functioning in early stages of dementia and often in denial about the need to step down.

Supreme Court Debates When Police May Enter a Home

The Supreme Court on Wednesday struggled with the issue of when police can enter a home without a warrant when the intent is not to conduct a criminal investigation but to check on the occupant’s health or safety, reports the Washington Post. While some justices worried about erecting obstacles for officers who need to respond quickly to reports of worry about an elderly person’s well-being or alarmed calls that the person inside has threatened to die by suicide,. Others were […]

Are Inmates Entitled to Sunlight?

A federal judge ordered two San Francisco county jails to provide an hour of access to outdoor sunlight per week to pre-trial inmates locked up for more than four years. But city attorneys counter there is no “constitutional right” to outdoor recreation.

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The Newest Battlefront of the Drug War

Last month, Washington state’s Supreme Court invalidated its drug possession law based on a technicality. Legislators can decide to fix the technicality―or use the opportunity to embrace the notion that preventing someone from obtaining a controlled substance by locking them away is not a legitimate solution, writes a TCR columnist.

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Tackling Overcriminalization in 2021: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Overcriminalization is as much a cause of America’s incarceration addiction as it is a symptom, writes a resident fellow of the R Street Institute. States are making some progress in reducing the number of statutes and regulations on the lawbooks, but there’s still a long way to go.