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How Our Criminal Justice System Works

The United States Courts has a great video that discusses how our criminal justice system works. The panel includes: U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson, probation officer Jesse Sorkness and Matt Rowland, from the Probation & Pretrial Services Office. They describe … Continue reading

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How Our Criminal Justice System Works

The United States Courts has a great video that discusses how our criminal justice system works. The panel includes: U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson, probation officer Jesse Sorkness and Matt Rowland, from the Probation & Pretrial Services Office. They describe … Continue reading

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PBS’s Documentary “The Poisoner’s Handbook”

PBS’s documentary The Poisoner’s Handbook traces the history of how forensic science was introduced into the courtroom. The film focuses on the pioneering work of two doctors—Charles Norris and Alexander Gettler. In 1918, Charles Norris became New York City’s first Chief … Continue reading

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HBO’s “Fixing the System” Documentary

HBO’s documentary “Fixing the System” is extraordinary.  Journalist Shane Smith delves into the problems with our criminal justice system. He hones in on our sentencing laws and how the system is stacked against minorities.  Those interviewed uniformly express the belief … Continue reading

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The President Makes History

This past week President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. He stressed the need for sentencing and prison reform.  Listen to his remarks @ http://1.usa.gov/1VkwIss.

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A Cautionary Tale From The Documentary “Kids for Cash”

From 2003-2008 children arrested in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, were routinely encouraged to waive their rights to counsel.  Hundreds of young kids not represented by lawyers were ordered to go to detention centers for minor offenses.  The documentary Kids for Cash … Continue reading

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