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On This Date in Legal History

On April 21, 1976, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Meachum v. Fano. State prisoners, who were believed to be disruptive, sued to prevent their transfer to a less desirable facility. The issue on … Continue reading

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The Unsolved Alcatraz Escape

On June 11, 1962, three inmates escaped from Alcatraz prison. You can learn more by visiting Today’s Document at http://bit.ly/1KIoF3Y, or our Pinterest page at http://bit.ly/1IxFpbZ.

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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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On This Date in Legal History

Last year on this date oral argument took place before the United States Supreme Court in Holt v. Hobbs.  A devout Muslim prisoner objected to a prison policy that prevented him from growing a ½-inch beard in accordance with his … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On August 24, 1981, Mark David Chapman was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years to life in prison for the December 8, 1980, murder of John Lennon. He’s been up for parole several times but his applications have always … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1987 the United States Supreme Court decided O’Lone v. Estate of Shabazz.  Muslim inmates sued the Administrator of the Leesburg Prison Complex claiming prison policies impinged on their First Amendment rights.  Prisoners who were assigned to … Continue reading

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