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Parole a Detriment to Rehabilitation; ‘Less Is More’ Reform Sensible

by Kevin Bliss

Prison reform advocates contend that parole does more to perpetuate recidivism than it does to monitor positive rehabilitation into society. Columbia University’s Justice Lab prepared a report in 2017 that stated that New York City’s jail population had more people being held for parole violations than the ...

Oakland Police Department, of Officer-Involved Shooting, ‘Disappointing and Myopic’

by Kevin Bliss

The Oakland Police Department (“OPD”) has been under federal order to complete a comprehensive reform program since 2003 because of repeated allegations of excessive use of force.

Retired New York Police Chief Robert Warshaw, who owns a consent decree oversight firm and has been appointed independent monitor ...

Groups Challenge Face Recognition Algorithm in Florida Case

by Kevin Bliss

The ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Georgetown Center on Privacy and Technology, and the Innocence Project have teamed up to battle the Florida court system over the constitutional right to confront a defendant’s accuser when that accuser is a computer algorithm. 

Willie Lynch, a black ...

Florida Judge Rejects ‘Slap on the Wrist’ Sentencing

by Kevin Bliss

 Former police officers Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez were sentenced on October 17, 2018, to the federal maximum of one year in prison for falsifying arrest affidavits.

Dayoub expected only eight months of home confinement and Fernandez, one year of probation, after their cooperation assisted in securing ...

Police Want Unfettered Access to Consumer DNA Databases

by Kevin Bliss

Law enforcement agencies across the nation are moving toward adopting more genetic genealogy investigative techniques and training from genealogy experts apparently without first considering the implications such practices have on civil rights or any potential abuses.

Databases at consumer DNA collection companies, such as GEDmatch, FamilyTreeDNA ...

Prosecutors Use Blacklists to Keep Dishonest Officers out of the Courtroom

by Kevin Bliss

District attorney offices across the nation are adopting blacklists of officers whose testimony in court is untrustworthy. Referred to as “do not call lists,” “exclusion lists,” or “Brady lists,” D.A.s have stated that they will not prosecute cases or accept search ...

Police Avoid Negative Publicity by Routinely Withholding Body-Cam Footage

by Kevin Bliss

Law enforcement agencies are being criticized because they routinely refuse to release footage from body cams and police vehicle dashboard cams. They cite ongoing investigations, sensitive information, or exemption under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) as confidential personnel records.

Public rights advocates contend that ...

Deadly Force Mindset as Justifiable Defense Questioned

by Kevin Bliss

The science of neurobiology and neuropsychology used to defend officers in shooting incidents has been described as arbitrary at best. Many experts contend there simply is not enough peer-reviewed material to substantiate it as an exculpatory defense.

Federal judges are to use the Daubert Standard to determine ...

Misconduct in the Forensic Science Community Reveals Urgent Need for Greater Oversight

by Kevin Bliss

The U.S. has recently experienced a spate of convictions being overturned because of forensic science misconduct, according to Jessica S. Henry, associate professor, Department of Justice Studies, Montclair State University. It was not the science that was at issue but the “so-called experts” not doing their ...

Wisconsin Considers Updating Its Cash Bail System

by Kevin Bliss

Wisconsin’s constitution establishes that cash bail only be set as a means of ensuring defendants’ appearance at court hearings, but opponents say the system only ensures that the poor remain incarcerated while the rich enjoy freedom.

Defendants who cannot afford bail can remain behind bars for days ...


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