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Safeguarding America’s Democracy: Proposals for Reform

The National Task Force on Rule of Law & Democracy, a division of the Brennan Center for Justice, has published Proposals for Reform, a report concerned about the rapidly decreasing guardrails of unwritten rules and norms that usually underpin the foundation of American democracy. The Task Force is a nonpartisan...

National Internal Security and Terrorism: Statistics

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, also known as TRAC, released a report, “Decline in Prosecutions for National Internal Security and Terrorism” showing comparisons by data and statistics within the United States from 1992 to present time. Data taken from the Justice Department shows, “Criminal prosecutions in the area of national...

2014 National Drug Control Policy: Steps in the Right Direction

On July 9th, The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released The 2014 National Drug Control Strategy. Released annually, The 2014 National Drug Control Strategy builds on the previous four Strategies, and serves as the Nation’s blueprint for reducing drug use and its consequences. While it is similar...

War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recently released a report on a dangerous new trend in law enforcement: the unnecessary militarization of American policing. According to the ACLU, this militarization is due in large part to “federal programs that have armed state and local law enforcement agencies with the...

Extreme Heat in Texas Prisons: A “Violation of Basic Human Rights”

A new report released this week by the University of Texas School of Law Human Rights Clinic claims that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is guilty of human rights violations against inmates kept in “dangerously high temperatures and extreme heat conditions.” The report, “Deadly Heat in Texas Prisons,”...

FISC Judges Worry About Increased Workload from FISA

When it comes to applying limitations to intelligence gathering operations, it’s seen as the responsibility of the political branches of the United States to decide the legal requirements within the bounds of the Constitution. With this in mind, John D. Bates, Director of the Administrative Office of the United States...

ILOC: Make Native America Safer Through Autonomy

The Indian Law and Order Commission (ILOC) has released a report with recommendations to make Native American and Alaska Native nations “safer and more just for all U.S. citizens” and to reduce high rates of violent crime among Tribal nations. The ILOC final report, called “A Roadmap for Making Native...

Smart on Crime: the DOJ's Plan for Reforming the Criminal Justice System

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has recently released a report detailing the preliminary results of its comprehensive review of the criminal justice system. The report, "Smart on Crime: Reforming the Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century," responds to the original goals of Attorney General (AG) Eric Holder in...

Consequences of Criminal Conviction in the United States: An Inventory

The American Bar Association (ABA), in association with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), has made it easier to research the consequences of a criminal conviction in the United States with the release of its database, the National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction. ABA has ventured to make...

‘Managed Access Technology’: Blocking Contraband Cell Phones in California Prisons

Today, a new report has been released by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) titled, “Efficacy of Managed Access Systems to Intercept Call from Contraband Cell Phones in California Prisons.” The report includes findings and recommendations from the CCST study which reported “significant concerns” about “managed access technology”...