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,
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
In her speech supporting Kavanaugh’s nomination, Senator Susan Collins’s support turned on “[his] presumption of innocence, and fairness.” While Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick were not afforded any semblance of a fair hearing or investigation process, millions of people facing the
Last fall, CR-CL highlighted the problematic history and application of the lesser known, but more-often used, counterpart to criminal forfeiture: civil asset forfeiture. As a mechanism that generally allows police to seize any personal property they suspect to have been used in the commission of
The following piece is a guest post by Alyssa Peterson and Arjun Mody. Alyssa and Arjun are law student interns within the Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic, which serves as counsel to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America – Connecticut Chapter.
In May of 2010, Amy Hughes stood in her backyard in Tuscon, Arizona and was shot four times by Police Cpl. Andrew Kisela. A 911 caller had reported seeing Hughes hacking at a tree with a kitchen knife in her own backyard. Three officers from
Last week, The Verge published an independent investigation into New Orleans’ system of predictive policing, which was developed by Palantir Technologies and implemented in secret in 2013, unbeknownst to the City Council.
Palantir, which is valued at over $20 billion, has always thrived on secrecy. It
In Florida, the end of your incarceration can be the beginning of a life-long sentence. That’s because Florida is one of four states that does not automatically restore civil rights (most prominently, voting rights) to people who were convicted of felonies but have fulfilled every
Professor Jennifer Reynolds is an associate professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, visiting this year at Harvard Law School. This spring, she is teaching “Advanced Negotiation: Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Criminal Context.”
This course is new for me and new for HLS.