Category Archives: Policing

Cop House Lawyers Ordered In Chicago

This could be the begining of a major change.  As few outside the criminal justice system know, in the US most people without resources do not get to talk to a lawyer until shortly before they see a judge. That … Continue reading

Posted in Bail, Chasm with Communities, Criminal Law, Defender Programs, Policing, Public Defender, Research and Evalation | Leave a comment

A New Era of Jury Nullification?

Trump threat tweeted today that “the spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!” That leaves a big loophole, since the vast majority are probably not”low-life” at all, but patriots.  They should be safe. But … Continue reading

Posted in Criminal Law, Policing, White House

Would Having Famous White Actors Re-Enact Being the Shooting Victims Help Change White Attitudes?

It is great that celebrities are being used to draw attention to the wide variety of situations in which Black people can be shot by cops in the US. But surely it would be more of an opinion changer if … Continue reading

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How State-Wide Groups Might Help Deal With The “Ferguson Chasm”

Here are some suggestions for how ATJ Commissions and other statewide groups (or those just advocating) might move forward on addressing the “Ferguson Chasm” — the gap between communities and the entire legal system, epitomized by Ferguson using the court … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Justice Boards, Chasm with Communities, Child Support, Court Fees and Costs, Policing, Self-Help Services, Simplification

Updated Post with Recent Stats: Will NYC Cops Prove that Most Arrests — and Indeed Most Cops — are unnecessary? Taking Advantage of a Natural Experiment

More careful reading of the NYT leads me to update the post of a few minutes ago to include recent bolded police stats that would appear to support the contrarian hypothesis below. The news that arrests in NYC have fallen … Continue reading

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Will NYC Cops Prove that Most Arrests — and Indeed Most Cops — are unnecessary? Taking Advantage of a Natural Experiment

An updated version of this post is here.  

Posted in Criminal Law, Policing