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Eric Holder Convening Group to Work on Reentry Issues

Eric Holder Convening Group to Work on Reentry Issues

Following immediately below is a key excerpt from a July 13, 2010 speech by United States Attorney General Eric Holder, as presented before the Project Safe Neighborhood’s Annual Conference in New Orleans. While the speech spanned wide aspects of joint efforts to reduce violent crime, what was especially notable and welcome was Holder’s emphasis that […]

Wrongful Executions: “Fail-Safe” Judicial Systems Do Fail

Wrongful Executions: “Fail-Safe” Judicial Systems Do Fail

By Gretchen Cothron Forensic Research Consultant Throughout the history of capital punishment in the United States, innocent people have been wrongfully convicted and executed. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia opined in State v. Marsh that, “the dissent does not discuss a single case — not one — in which it is clear that a […]

Wrongful Convictions Could Cost State Big Bucks

In the past week, two news items dealing with wrongful convictions came to light. One was for a Utah man freed after spending 4 ½ years in prison for a robbery; the other for a New York man released after serving 17 years for a murder he didn’t commit. In the former case, charges were […]

Hearing: National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009

United States Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) is probably the most outspoken advocate of prison reform and recidivism reduction in Congress. On March 26, 2009, Sen. Webb introduced a bill in the Senate entitled “The National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009.” This Act if passed will create a blue-ribbon commission to look at every aspect […]

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