Everyday Ideation: How Families Use 'Cumulative Intelligence' to Take on the Criminal Justice System
Every week I sit in a room with families whose loved ones are facing criminal charges. It is part support group, part strategic planning session. There are no lawyers in the room and the families have no legal training. But week in, week out, the group translates the legalese to one another, navigates each other through the maze of a court system and finds ways to affect the outcome of cases.
We expect our criminal justice system to be fair and effective. It's part of our national DNA to want equal treatment and to get the job done. But in pretrial justice -- the time between when a person is arrested and when the charges are resolved -- the basic principles we hold dear are too often undermined by our use of cash bail.
Beyond the oath of zealous representation, prosecutors take a separate oath to do justice. Their "client" is not an individual, or even a person. It is fairness. Prosecutors are stewards of the integrity of the system, and must be held accountable as such.
Judges In New Hampshire Throw People In Jail Who Can't Pay Their Fines
Based on a survey of National Courts Monitor contributors and our best-guess analysis, the topic of "immigration courts" is a runaway winner for our "Tipping Points" civil justice issue for 2015, but we find some space for other concerns. Here's our top five emerging civil justice issues for 2015.
The shooting of black teenager Michael Brown, on august 9th, 2014 by Officer Darren Wilson set off large protests and an intense police response in Ferguson, MO. But the Ferguson demonstrations didn't happen in a vacuum. Many residents of St. Louis County feel oppressed by a system that polices for profit.
Transitioning into galleries, he continues to use wheat paste and paint public space, running his own "ad campaigns" with graffiti and posters to reach as many free minds as possible.
Is a Hollywood soundstage the best place to find true justice in Los Angeles? Based on my legal experience, both real and televised, the answer is a resounding yes.
I have picked hundreds of juries in my 24 years in the prosecutors office, and I can tell you that the attitude among jurors has changed over the last 10 years.
The civil justice system today -- whether dealing with simple or complex matters -- takes so long and costs so much that it no longer serves as an effective tool in regulating society's legal matters.
The battle over Mr. Cordray's nomination is over. It is time for Senate Republicans to take up the business of the nation's courts and address the nearly 200 million Americans living in jurisdictions with courts unable to function as designed.
In the new documentary The Interrupters, director Steve James and producer Alex Kotlowitz follow several members of CeaseFire as they attempt to defuse conflicts before they occur.
How about a little international perspective? We've got interviews with two directors whose latest films deliver gripping, cinematically daring glimpses into worlds rarely examined from our side.
With more than 176 different languages and dialects spoken in the United States, we still have a long way to go to assure full support for all legal Limited English Proficiency defendants in court cases.
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This month, the Denver Justice Center will open its doors. What you will see from outside the buildings is impressive, but what you don't see is even more admirable.
Davis and Heilbroner rally some great eyewitness interviews and manage to put the story in context with considerable footage from news shows and "educational" films.
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