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Articles by Kevin Bliss

New York Police Act With Impunity During Protests

Report: Risk Assessment Tools not Effective, Especially When not Used

by Kevin Bliss

Risk assessment tools are not effectively reducing pretrial detention or prejudicial profiling practices in determining bail. In addition, few counties concern themselves with the effectiveness of such programs, not even bothering to monitor their results.

Two organizations looking to make the government more transparent, Media Mobilizing Project ...

No Trust Between Police and Communities They Patrol

by Kevin Bliss

The $14 billion invested in police equipment and community policing in the U.S. has not helped instill trust and camaraderie between the police and black communities, says writer and activist Philip McHarris, in an article published in The Appeal.

In fact, it only offers more opportunity ...

Utah Residents Can Wind Up in Jail When They Miss Loan Payments

Utah residents suffer from the highest payday and auto loan interest rates in the United States. It is one of only six states that does not have an interest-rate cap on such loans. Moreover, despite Congress’ ban on debtors’ prison, more and more residents are finding themselves ...

Report: LAPD Engaged in Racial Profiling in Traffic Stops

The Los Angeles Times used traffic stop data released by the Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) under a new California law to calculate racial breakdowns of stops. The newspaper found that blacks and Latinos had a much higher chance of being pulled over than whites, although more ...

DNA Contamination Threatened Conviction of Innocent Man

The NYC Medical Examiner’s office (“ME”) reviewed the DNA analysis procedure in a burglary case that was the only evidence used to charge Darrell Harris with the crime. They found that the DNA sample could have been contaminated, but only after Harris lost his job and $25,000 ...

Sealed Records Open for View

Washington state has over 5,500 sealed juvenile records that are once again accessible to law enforcement agencies across the nation after a last-minute amendment for “officer safety” was added to a 2015 bipartisan sentencing reformation bill.

Tony Calero conducted an analysis when he was a graduate student ...

New York Police Department Plays Loose with Freedom of Information Act Laws

The New York Police Department (“NYPD”) has a history of denying freedom of public information requests, especially when it concerns surveillance equipment and information gathering technology.

Muckrock, an online records request monitoring database, showed that of the 500 requests monitored since 2017 only half were completed.

Vox ...

Could a Second Chance be the Answer?

Louisiana has one of the U.S.’s toughest second-degree murder sentencing structures. If convicted, it is an automatic life without parole. The state currently has about 5,000 of its approximately 33,000 prisoners serving life sentences, 51 percent of those for a second-degree murder charge.

Hayward Jones is one ...

New York’s SARA Requirements Force Sex-Offenders into Homelessness Then Hold Them in Prison Due to Their Homelessness

by Kevin Bliss

Allison Frankel of the Center for Appellate Litigation wrote an article in the Yale Law Journal discussing New York’s archaic sex-offender housing requirement laws and their inherent problems. She touched on the flawed metrics used to substantiate fear-based reactions to sexual assault, the varied potential violations of ...

 

 

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