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Need Legal Help After Spring Break?

Hopefully, your spring break went off without a hitch. You traveled, had fun, enjoyed good company, and stayed reasonably safe. In a perfect world, you didn’t run afoul of the law during spring break. We don’t live in a perfect world. The good news is that facing civil or criminal charges doesn’t have to end…

201710.29
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What Really Causes Mass Incarceration?

In a new book, law professor John Pfaff unpacks the standard story of what causes mass incarceration in the United States. Prison overcrowding, racial disparities, and privatization are clear symptoms of a system in need of reform. To gain ground on correcting these symptoms, we need to properly understand the causes. The Standard Story of…

201710.16
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American vs. Scandinavian Prisons

If you’ve been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a term in prison, your quality of life is going to diminish drastically. That’s just how it is in the United States. This isn’t some kind of natural law, but the result of the American prison system, which stands in stark contrast to more reform-minded…

Federal Prosecutor Resigns Over Misconduct
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Federal Prosecutor Resigns Over Misconduct

Recently, I wrote about the problem of prosecutor misconduct. Now, a case out of Leavenworth prison demonstrates why we need a proactive approach to prosecutorial accountability. The investigation began when the judge ordered a special master to look into misleading and contradictory statements made by the prosecutors. It came to light that the attorney’s office had…