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Articles by Jayson Hawkins

Non-Prosecution Policies Seem to Work in Baltimore

by Jayson Hawkins 

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic is credited with accelerating many trends that were already emerging before the plague struck. From work-at-home to mRNA vaccines, many of these new trends seem to have won a permanent place in the new normal. While working via Zoom might not ...

Pushback on Police Lying to Obtain False Confessions

by Jayson Hawkins

Lawrence Montoya was only 14 years old back in 2000 when Denver cops accused him of being involved in the murder of Emily Johnson, a local teacher. During the first two hours of interrogation, Montoya refuted detectives’ allegations of his presence at Johnson’s house over 60 times. ...

Civil Forfeiture Under Fire in Massachusetts

by Jayson Hawkins

Devantee Jones-Bernier did not have any drugs on him when police executed a search warrant on the apartment where he was visiting some friends in Worcester, Massachusetts. Marijuana was found in the unit, and so Jones-Bernier was initially charged along with everyone else there. Police also took ...

Government Keyword Searches Revealed

by Jayson Hawkins

Orwell’s warning that “Big Brother is watching” has hung over western society for decades, sometimes confirmed by revelations of unauthorized government wiretaps, sometimes rendered ridiculous by the paranoid rantings of conspiracy theorists. In the post-9/11, cyberspace driven, the Patriot Act world of Edward Snowden and Wikileaks, however, ...

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 ...

 

 

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