The upheaval caused by the novel coronavirus has reached the courts. Postponements in cases everywhere will bring into prominence a legal issue that is part of the Sixth Amendment: a defendant's right to a speedy trial.
Harvey Weinstein's trial has brought into focus a part of the criminal justice process that many people wonder about: the wide ranges of prison terms that are available to judges at sentencing. Let's have a look at why this is the case.
Felons in the U.S. are subject to the loss of voting rights for various amounts of time following conviction. Read on to learn about the basics of felony disenfranchisement: where it comes from, whom it affects, and how it might change in the future.
For police departments, the benefits of equipping officers with body cameras are well worth the initial expense. These cameras are good not only for members of the public but also for the officers themselves, and they also help us justly resolve criminal cases after the fact.
Many people, including former and current law enforcement officers whose opinions on the matter should be taken seriously, have put forward the idea of ending America's war on drugs outright. We explore that idea here.