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Breaking a criminal law puts you at risk for arrest. But we all know police use their discretion in determining who gets cuffed and who gets a stern “talking to”. In several recent cases to cross national headlines, it seems we are living in a nation where the warnings are falling out of favor, and […]

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

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Police K-9’s: we’re led to believe they have been trained in the best dog academies to use their superior sniffers to identify illicit drugs. They are essentially used to find drugs when cops themselves can’t identify their presence. But not all research backs up their use, with some even indicating the dogs are mere extensions […]

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

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

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In the U.S., we have this idea that the Constitution and the legal system are crafted so that we are all treated equally under the law. It’s even written into that founding document in the Equal Protection Clause, that all men are created equal and shall have the same protection under the laws. But as […]

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

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As Law Enforcement Pushes APLRs and Surveillance, People Push Back With advances in technology and under the guise of keeping everyone safe, comes an ever increasing infringement by the government on people’s privacy. You can see evidence of this in the increasing number of surveillance tools used by police agencies across the nation. Used to […]

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

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The Problem(s) With Crime Labs

by Elizabeth on October 1, 2013

in Criminal Justice

In what’s known as the “CSI effect” most people who lack true insight into the justice system get their information from television dramas. And when it comes to crime labs, this information is often over-exaggerated, to put it mildly. Instead of the infallible experts who use unquestioned scientific techniques to always get to the bottom […]

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

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Mandatory minimum sentences were part of the tough on crime movement a few decades ago. They seek to dole out the harshest penalties to people convicted of felony drug charges and more. In the case of these non-violent offenders, a several-year stint in prison is as likely to “help” them and their community as a […]

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

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Phone App Lets You Check Impairment Levels

by Elizabeth on September 6, 2013

in Drunk Driving

Driving drunk, high, or even tired can be a recipe for disaster. Not only do you risk being arrested but you risk being involved in a serious accident. With marijuana laws in flux, police agencies across the nation are on the look-out for people who might be high behind the wheel, and the makers of […]

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

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Not many people write letters anymore. Many may have thought of returning to the old-school communication tactic when they learned of the NSA’s program that pulls private information from email and other online sources. But as we are learning, “snail mail” may not be any safer from the eyes of Big Brother. According to the […]

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

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

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