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Articles by Jayson Hawkins

Who Defends the Public Defenders?

by Jayson Hawkins

The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution offers a guarantee of the assistance of an attorney when accused of a crime. This guarantee has become a trope in countless movies and TV shows where suspects are advised: “If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided ...

The Long-Term Effects of 9/11: Naturally, More Surveillance

by Jayson Hawkins

The 9/11 attacks were a rare historic moment, a watershed event that recast the American experience at home and abroad.

While most discussions of this phenomenon have focused on impacts felt equally across the nation—wars; Islamophobia; new hassles at airports; the nagging fear that contrary to all ...

Is Orange County’s DNA Collection Scheme Really Voluntary?

by Jayson Hawkins

It’s no secret that anyone who commits a serious crime in the U.S. is likely to have their genetic profile catalogued in the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (“CODIS”). This network has connected state DNA databases for over 20 years and houses upwards of 14 million “offender” ...

Secret CBP Teams New DHS Weapon of Mass Surveillance

by Jayson Hawkins

The American police state and accompanying surveillance apparatus has a long history dating back to the first Red Scares and beyond. The exponential growth of police presence engendered by the “wars” on crime and drugs did not result in any serious consequences for the politicians who fostered ...

Report Chronicles Growing List of Exonerations

by Jayson Hawkins

In the first years of the 21st century, exonerations of men and women who had served decades for crimes they did not commit made national news, both because of the terrible tragedies they represent and because they were so rare. In recent years, exonerations have become less ...

When Life Is No Better Than Death

by Jayson Hawkins

Capital punishment has been a part of the American experience from the earliest times. Virginia executed a colonist in the seventeenth century, and since then, nearly every method of execution, from hanging to lethal injection, has found purchase upon some corner of the U.S.

Times, however, are ...

Anger: A Natural Reaction That Makes the Innocent Appear Guilty

by Jayson Hawkins

Every wrong looks for a right. It seems to be a deep-seated part of human nature to point fingers whenever things go awry, regardless if by accident or intention. When physical evidence is lacking, our minds home in on subtle hints in body language and the emotional ...

An Inside Look at Operation Trojan Shield How the FBI Crafted an International Encrypted Messaging Sting

by Jayson Hawkins

Ever since smartphones became indispensable to everyone, including criminals, police have been working to snoop into the wave of electronic communication these devices facilitate. From searching phones to hacking emails, agents of governments everywhere have done their best to leave no stone unturned. Despite these efforts, criminals ...

Experts Agree: Police Public Relations Consistently Mislead the Public

by Jayson Hawkins

Police officers have, for much of American history, had a remarkable hold on public trust. That hold, however, has loosened in recent years as the ubiquity of cameras has grown and more police misconduct is caught on video. Over the last decade, repeated incidents of police using ...

Florida’s Worst Cop Fired for 7th Time

by Jayson Hawkins

All German Bosque ever wanted was to be a cop. When he was kicked out of the police academy for theft of a motor vehicle and impersonating an officer, some in law enforcement may have dismissed his ensuing arrest as simply a sign of Bosque’s eagerness to ...

 

 

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