This article proposes the establishment of a federal criminal court system, comprised of separate criminal trial courts, circuit courts of appeal and a National Court of Criminal Appeals, with discretionary review by the Supreme Court.
The article “Mo. Exoneration Bid Tests Limits Of Prosecutorial Power” tells the story of Lamar Johnson, who was convicted of murder in Missouri in 1995. However, both Johnson and St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner agree he did not actually commit the crime.
The article “Justices Put Juvenile Sentencing Back On The Front Burner” from Law360 discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case Jones v. Mississippi.
Members of the judiciary recently shared their thoughts on the challenge of sentencing in an article for The National Law Journal.
Risk assessments are a common feature of federal decisionmaking across a wide variety of areas of regulation. Perhaps the most widely used definition describes risk assessment as “the process of using risk factors to estimate the likelihood (i.e., probability) of an outcome occurring in a population.”
A California lawmaker argues that 18- and 19-year-olds aren’t mature enough to do prison time if they break the law, and so she has submitted a bill that would treat them like juveniles.
Making Drunk Sex a Crime: Why a New Push to ‘Close a Loophole’ Would Actually Establish a Troubling New Legal RegimeAya Gruber
As part of this year’s state of the state agenda, Gov. Cuomo announced sweeping changes to the criminal laws governing intoxicated sex. He has not characterized these reforms as radical but as merely “closing a loophole” in the rape laws, to make it so that not only involuntarily but voluntarily intoxicated people are unable to consent to sexual activity.
In recent decades, criminal records have become widely available as a result of digitized records systems and a new commerce in background screening and data aggregation.
What’s the meaning of “life?”. Pennsylvania’s highest court considers the question currently facing many other courts around the country of how many years in prison constitute a life sentence, and how can such a thing be calculated?
Virginia’s sentencing guidelines include alternative sanctions based on the use of a quantitative instrument called the Nonviolent Risk Assessment (NVRA) that identifies individuals convicted of drug and property crimes that are considered to be at lower risk of recidivism. In this study, the authors explore how judges make use of the NVRA instrument when sentencing individuals convicted of low‐level drug and property crimes.