Showing posts with label criminal justice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label criminal justice. Show all posts

Monday, August 9, 2021 More Perfect Union - 022 - Chauvin Trial

"In this episode, Frank and the group discuss the results of the recent Derek Chauvin Trial, the work that still needs to be done on, and the future following these results."

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Washington Post: "It’s time to repeal the worst criminal justice law of the past 30 years"

"The failures in these cases all originated in state courts. Under our system, when a state violates the constitutional protections of a fair trial, the federal courts are required to intervene. The right to judicial review of an unlawful detention, also known as the writ of habeas corpus, is enshrined in the Constitution and dates back to 13th-century England.

But in 1996 Congress took a chisel to habeas corpus with the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA). Attorneys who represent people challenging their convictions, such as Mississippi’s Humphreys McGee, say the AEDPA and the Supreme Court rulings that followed have suffocated federal review. “It’s been a 25-year thicket of real through-the-looking-glass s---," McGee says. And the law’s repeal or reform is long overdue."
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

CommonWealth Magazine: "State slow to improve criminal justice data collection"

"A sweeping 2018 criminal justice reform law required state officials to create a comprehensive cross-tracking system that would be maintained in an online system. But two and a half years after the law was passed, there has been little evident progress."

"A WELL-KNOWN management maxim warns, if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. By that reckoning, those trying to better the state’s criminal justice system are often flying blind.

How long, for example, does the average probationer in Massachusetts stay on probation? Or how many people last year had their probation revoked?

State Probation Commissioner Edward Dolan has no idea. While each probationer has their own physical case file, the Massachusetts Probation Department has no computer-based case management system that would let state officials or researchers track information on an aggregate basis.

“A lot of things we do, we do manually,” Dolan said."
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