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Meaningful federal sentencing reform was recently a widely bipartisan-backed issue.[1] Sensible reform was gaining steam and a path forged to reduce the burgeoning prison population of low-level drug offenders. But with the Attorney General’s recent memo to all federal prosecutors, the hope for such reform in the near future is all but dead. The Attorney…

Sex offender registration laws, limiting what sex offenders can and cannot do, are intended to protect the public. In today’s technological age, however, these restrictions can make it extremely difficult for sex offenders who completed their sentence to function in everyday society. We know what you’re thinking: “is inconveniencing people convicted of a sex crime…

We recently blogged ad nauseam about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bernard v. Minnesota and its impact on DWI laws, especially in Minnesota. But the most important Fourth Amendment decision from the Court’s 2016 term is Utah v. Strieff. As a result, a police officer may illegally stop someone, see if they have an…

Ever wonder if someone is listening to your conversation when you are in a courthouse? Or, even standing outside the building on the courthouse steps? The answer may very well be yes – the government may be listening and they may be doing so without a warrant. Conversations around courthouses occur every day when court…

Every day law enforcement officers across the country are seeking search warrants. To do so, they often prepare a search warrant affidavit, or application, and provide it to a judicial officer for approval. The affidavit must establish probable cause that evidence of criminal activity will be found in the area to be searched or the…

Winston Smith: Does Big Brother exist? O’Brien: Of course he exists. Winston Smith: Does he exist like you or me? O’Brien: You do not exist.[1] In today’s world, where can you go where there is not a camera? Whether seen, or unseen, you have a pretty good idea you are under constant surveillance the moment…

In the United States, more than 2.2 million people are currently serving prison sentences. That is a staggering number of individuals who not only are unable to contribute to society, but for whom society must provide. It is widely accepted that some individuals deserve punishment and that others must be separated from the general population. But,…

Federal sentencing reform continues to gain momentum in Congress. Today, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to send the Sentencing Reform Act (H.R. 3713) to the House Floor. Similar to other bills, the Sentencing Reform Act aims to reduce the federal prison population, especially for those offenders serving harsh mandatory minimum drug sentences. This bill…

As prison overcrowding and costs continue to reach new stratospheres, the push for significant federal sentencing reform on drug offenses is at its peak. The House already introduced the SAFE Justice Act[1] and the Senate should emerge with its bill any day now.[2] The movement is powerfully backed by all parties. Most lawmakers agree we…

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