For the city of Baltimore, it’s been three long years since Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody was declared a homicide by Baltimore’s state attorney, Marilyn Mosby. After an internal investigation that included reviewing of police tape, the autopsy report, and interviewing multiple witness,
victims should have a voice, but the victims’ rights movement incorrectly identifies criminal legal proceedings as the appropriate forum and sets dangerous precedent by doing so
On November 6th, the people of Washington state passed a substantial criminal justice reform initiative which enjoyed 60% of the statewide vote. The measure, known as Initiative 940 (or “I-940”), updated Washington’s worst-in-the-country approach to police use-of-force cases. Prior to election day, attempts to prosecute unjustified
Guest post by Phillip L. Torrey. *Phillip Torrey is the Managing Attorney of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, a Lecturer on Law, and the Supervising Attorney for the Harvard Immigration Project. At HLS, he supervises the Crimmigration Clinic and he teaches a course concerning the
For decades, there has been an ongoing debate in the scientific community about the appropriate recommended daily sodium intake. The American Heart Association currently recommends 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day for healthy people, and 1,500 milligrams for those with high blood pressure. Some scientists
The 2018 midterms saw the passage in several states of Marsy’s Law: a law that elevates the “rights” of victims at the expense of criminal defendants. Marsy’s Law gives crime victims certain procedural rights, such as the right to be notified of a defendant’s release
By maintaining an outdated, segregation-era law designed by White supremacists, Louisiana remains an outlier in its application of the Sixth Amendment.
Amendment A: Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution that prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime and thereby prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude in all circumstances?
On November 6th, 2018—153 years since the 13th Amendment is said to have abolished
Our criminal justice system acts punitively long after the sentence ends. Most notably, harsh laws continue to punish those convicted of sex offenses throughout their lives. Banished, a recent piece from the Marshall Project, describes the literal ostracism of those convicted of sex offenses from
The ability to vote has been a crucial tenet of American democracy, and one that has unfortunately been denied to too many in our history. This draconian practice of permanently stripping individuals of their ability to access the ballot will only further ostracize those who