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If you commit a felony offense, many states say you can’t be trusted to help choose leaders in this country. The line of reasoning used to enact felon disenfranchisement laws had to have been based in a feeling that felons could somehow turn the free world on its head if they were allowed to vote, […]

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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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Crime and the Mentally Ill

by dave on December 8, 2010

in Criminal Justice

While many people are discussing the direct effects of a struggling economy on crime rates, some are missing a big contributing factor to this equation—the mentally ill. Mental illness, ranging from depression to schizophrenia, can increase someone’s propensity to break the law. And with community treatment options being cut across the country with strapped budgets, […]

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We’ve all heard of cases of wrongful conviction–of people being freed from prison years and sometimes decades after their trial. But, did you know that in 25% of cases cleared by DNA, the defendant made admissions of guilt? credit: Sam Hames Why would someone admit to something they didn’t do—spending years behind bars for a […]

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What is an Insanity Defense?

by dave on March 16, 2010

in Criminal Justice

We see it on television all the time: “Not guilty by reason of insanity” a judge thunderously booms from the bench, smashing his gavel down and allowing someone suspected of a heinous crime to walk away. But just how common is this in real life and what does it take to be considered legally insane? […]

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