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It’s called felon disenfranchisement and it affects millions of men and women in the U.S.—the removal of voting rights from someone convicted of a felony. While the process of getting those rights back after a sentence is served varies from state to state, Attorney General Eric Holder recently called on all states to repeal laws [...]

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You know that whole “right to remain silent” spiel the police give when they “Mirandize” you or read you your rights? Well it turns out you really don’t have that unequivocal right; you have the right to remain silent sometimes and only when you verbally invoke that right. Yes, in order to remain silent you [...]

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Where Do We Stand with GPS Tracking Bill?

by dave on March 27, 2013

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When you are under criminal investigation, it’s best not to start off at a disadvantage. After all, law enforcement has a plethora of tools at their disposal aimed at finding, pinning and incarcerating you. One such tool involves following you as you find your way home. About Connect with me on Google+More Posts (198)

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A few years ago, if a drone was mentioned in the news, it was referring to a military drone being deployed overseas. And while their impersonal and deadly use globally is certainly a serious issue, drone use has now reached our own shores. Police departments are buying the unmanned aerial vehicles and lawmakers are rushing [...]

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Lawmaker Suggests Lashings Instead of Prison

by dave on February 11, 2013

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There is a serious incarceration problem in this country. Every day more and more actions become crimes and more and more people face becoming a victim of the prison system. Criminal justice experts have offered a wide range of solutions, those that would both ease spending and mitigate the damage we’ve already done by incarcerating [...]

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The Law and Filming Cops

by Shawn on September 20, 2012

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It comes as little surprise that the laws surrounding electronic recording trail desperately behind the evolution and dispersion of recording technology. Unlike the rapid advance of innovation, the legislative process is slow, and often guided by those who neither understand nor appreciate the interaction of technology and democracy. Nowhere has this been more evident than [...]

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Why The U.S. Should End Cash Bail

by dave on September 17, 2012

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On any given day, 60 percent of the people housed in jails across the United States aren’t there because they have been found guilty of a crime, but because they are awaiting their day in court. You know the whole “innocent until proven guilty” thing—the premise that our “just” society won’t penalize anyone unless their [...]

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Glimmers of hope from the GOP and Dem platforms

by Shawn on September 7, 2012

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As the Republicans and Democrats trot out their presidential candidates and air their platforms, those of us concerned about privacy and net freedom have some cause for optimism. If nothing else, both party’s platforms pay lip service, at least, to the promotion of privacy. The GOP platform even mentions drones, something the Democratic platform sees [...]

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Know Your Rights! Arrests

by Shawn on September 6, 2012

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The issue of overcrowding in American prisons and jails is well known. Capacity in some correctional facilities has been exceeded to the point of violating prisoners’ constitutional rights, as in the case of the California prison system. Our punitive, incarceration-happy criminal justice system has achieved the main goal of the private prison industry: lock up [...]

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