civil liberties

The Supreme Court ruled last week that police can swab arrestees for a DNA sample as a booking procedure. This means, you don’t have to be guilty of a crime in order for your genetic material to be taken and owned by the government. The (somewhat) good news is that not all states follow the […]

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Elizabeth Renter is a freelance writer and editor who writes about criminal justice issues.

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The FBI May Be Reading Your Emails

by Elizabeth on May 22, 2013

in Privacy

If the police want to go through your home, they need your consent or a warrant. The same is true if they want to sift through your mailbox. These are places where you have a certain expectation of privacy, where you do or have personal things that you may not want shared with everyone. The […]

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Elizabeth Renter is a freelance writer and editor who writes about criminal justice issues.

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Being poor isn’t a crime. Or is it? Americans living in poverty are more likely to be involved in the justice system than those from other economic groups. It’s partly because they have little to no access to employment and the means by which to keep themselves and their families fed with a roof over […]

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Elizabeth Renter is a freelance writer and editor who writes about criminal justice issues.

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Examples of Our Growing Police State?

by Elizabeth on April 12, 2013

in Criminal Justice

When you call the United States a “police state”, people either look at you like you are a paranoid conspiracy theorist or they nod their head in agreement. While the thought of the “land of the free” being anything but free is troubling, to be sure, there are signs that the people of this nation […]

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Elizabeth Renter is a freelance writer and editor who writes about criminal justice issues.

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The Law and Filming Cops

by Shawn on September 20, 2012

in Criminal Justice, General

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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This week the Democratic National Convention and all of its supporters and opponents will descend on Charlotte, North Carolina. Because there are usually numerous arrests accompanying protests of this size, the ACLU of North Carolina has gone through the trouble of creating some helpful resources for journalists and protestors alike, to help them understand and […]

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