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Will Judges Veto COVID-19 Relief Measure for WA Inmates?

This spring, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee suspended time limits on post-conviction appeals filed by prisoners, citing the special circumstances of the pandemic. Now it’s up to the state supreme court to decide whether that included cases concluded before the outbreak—and the outlook is uncertain, writes a Washington state inmate.

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Why Redefining ‘Violence’ Should Be a Justice Priority

Too many individuals trapped in the justice system are mislabeled as “violent,” even when their behavior doesn’t merit being treated as dangerous, writes a Wisconsin law professor. Would rethinking those labels change the punitive approach that fosters high recidivism?

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Sentencing Reform and Common Sense

When two young men escaped from a Washington State courtroom two years ago, in full view of a video camera, one received a six-month sentence and the other got six years. The disparate punishments are one more reason to apply common sense to U.S. sentencing practices, writes a best-selling author.

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The Robot in the Courtroom

Could the robot driving your car become a witness against you? The growing sophistication of artificial intelligence tools poses special challenges about how to use the evidence they provide in criminal trials, according to a Swiss law professor.