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.
American Criminal Histories
Almost as many Americans have some criminal history as have college degrees. This has been a long time in the making, and it won't change by itself.
Should Felons Have the Right to Vote?
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.
Cop DUI on Duty, No Charges Filed
A story has recently come to light about a local law enforcement agency failing to uphold its duty to the public. We have some thoughts.
Why Every Police Department Should Have Body Cameras
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.
Should We Legalize All Drugs?
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.
Layman's Perspective: Should You Talk to the Police?
Refusing to talk to the police can be harder than it seems, especially if you're used to helping people. Consider this a pep talk!
How Does Colorado's Red Flag Law Work?
Colorado has passed a bill that will allow for the confiscation of firearms belonging to people deemed dangerous. We examine the details of this "red flag" law here.
Should Prisons Be a Business?
The discussion how America's prisons should be run has been building in intensity lately; we summarize the issue here.
Layman's Perspective: Defending Defense
It's common knowledge that defense attorneys are the scum of the earth. But wait! Is it possible that we need them anyway?