Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts Determination Before the Supreme Court

Last Monday, October 7, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for a case that could provide a definitive structure for states regarding non-unanimous petit jury verdicts. Ramos v. Louisiana may provide clarity to an earlier decision which required federal juries to come to a unanimous verdict, but conceded to state juries the ability to ...

High inmate numbers in South Dakota highlights need for criminal justice reform

View Original Story at KOTA TV RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Criminal justice reform is a hot-button topic across the nation, and a pillar in several 2020 presidential candidates\' platforms. And we\'re not immune from high inmate numbers here at home. South Dakota jails more people per capita than any other state, according to a recent report, ...

Imagining A Better Way—Reentry, Recidivism, and Returning Citizens

View Original Story at Bloomberg LawCitizens returning to their lives after serving in prison face more than 40,000 state and federal penalties and prohibitions. Attorney and adjunct law professor Lawrence Gennari calls on Congress and state legislators to eliminate unnecessary and punitive restrictions that prevent people with criminal records from getting a job. Last fall, ...

New anti-hazing law signed in Pennsylvania after death of Penn State student

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A new anti-hazing law prompted by the death of a Penn State student after a night of drinking in a fraternity house early last year was signed Friday by Pennsylvania\'s governor. Gov. Tom Wolf called it \"long overdue\" as he put his signature on legislation to enact stricter criminal penalties and permit ...

Do The Nation’s Prosecutors Need Help?

Despite their undeniable power over criminal cases, many prosecutors are overworked, understaffed, and in need of guidance from researchers. That was how some experts portrayed them at a conference held Thursday by the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Academy of Sciences. The committee has sponsored studies of many criminal justice issues over the ...

State’s attorneys upset over loss of grant to fight domestic, sexual violence

By Bob Audette, Brattleboro Reformer BRATTLEBORO — For nearly two decades, state\'s attorneys and victim advocates in Windham, Bennington and Franklin counties have depended on federal funding to help pay for personnel to investigate and prosecute domestic and sexual violence. In Windham County, that money paid for a part-time investigator, a prosecutor as well as an ...

Senate easily passes sweeping opioids’ legislation, sending to Trump

The Senate passed the final version of a sweeping opioids\' package Wednesday afternoon and will send it to the White House just in time for lawmakers to campaign on the issue before the November midterm elections. The vote was 98 to 1, with only Utah Sen. Mike Lee, R, opposing it. The bill unites dozens ...

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, Los Angeles Police Department and ALTO US Announce New Crime Fighting Tool to Battle Organized Retail Crime in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- They strike quickly, criminals who are becoming increasingly more brazen and dangerous as they grab highly sought-after product from store shelves, ripping off retailers and reselling it for financial gain. Organized retail crime (ORC) is happening more often and cost the overall U.S. retail economy $49.8 billion in ...