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Archives for: May 29th, 2014

Carrying Condoms Could Get You Arrested, but NY Vows Change

Carrying condoms isn’t illegal anywhere in the country, but if you’re in the wrong neighborhood at the wrong time, having this form of contraception could be used as evidence to make a prostitution arrest.

 

Condom confiscation has been an issue in many major US cities, and in 2012, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch found that police in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and New York were specifically using condoms as evidence of prostitution. This practice has led [...]

Paul Simon Arrest Highlights Fault in Domestic Violence Laws

If you were asked which celebrity couple was just arrested on domestic violence charges (before you checked the online news on April 27th), Paul Simon and Edie Brickell probably wouldn’t be the first names that came to mind. The two singers have been married for over 20 years and have three children together. Neither Simon, 72, nor Brickell, 42, have ever faced domestic violence charges before. Neighbors described them as quiet, good people to live near. Yet around 8:20 on [...]

We Need to Talk about Our Prison Population Problem

There are a lot of problems with our prison system, but the one I’m referring to in the title of my post is twofold. One, non-violent offenders often receive sentences that are disproportionate to their crime; and two, our prisons have become overcrowded and sometimes even inhumane because of all the non-violent offenders whiling away lengthy sentences behind bars.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the statistics first. As of 2009, there were 2.23 million Americans serving time [...]

When Arresting Domestic Abusers Does More Harm than Good

Despite decades of law enforcement intervention, domestic violence is still major public concern. To prevent police inaction in response to domestic abuse and ultimately to attempt to lower domestic violence rates, nearly half of the U.S. states have implemented mandatory arrest provisions. While the preferred arrest law instructs the responding officer to consider arrest as the preferred course of action, in the case of mandatory arrest laws, the responding officer is obligated to make a more aggressive intervention and make [...]

Domestic Violence’s Claws Carve Deep into Children’s Undeveloped Mind

It’s just a bruise – it will soon disappear.

 

A blackened eye, a twisted arm, facial scrapes, or a chipped tooth, none of these will leave a permanent mark on your appearance. Even the guilt, the shame, and the constant fear you’re living under will eventually pass, as you “realize” his behavior is triggered by a lot of factors he has no control over. Finally, you come to accept that the stress your partner may be under, his childhood [...]

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Could Protests Lead to Real Criminal Justice Changes in Chicago?

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Protests that are moving across America are meant to highlight racism in the United States and how it plays out in numerous ways in our society each day. In doing this, these protests are also highlighting the myriad ways that the criminal justice system in this country must be reformed… and starting to make those reforms a reality.

Here are just a few of the criminal justice reforms that activists are working on to help ensure all Americans are free [...]

The Right Way for Private Citizens to Sell Firearms in Illinois

Gun Crimes | Weapons Charges

Illinois has strict and often confusing laws surrounding the rights of private citizens to sell firearms in the state. If you are interested in selling firearms as a private citizen, it is essential that you fully understand what these rights and limitations are. 

Failure to understand these laws and properly comply with them can otherwise lead to the serious charge of firearms trafficking. 

We’ll discuss exactly what firearms trafficking is and what the penalties are for violating this law. Then [...]

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