NFL to formally endorse criminal justice reform bill

The NFL has made the right call in endorsing the criminal justice reform bill. Most of the people facing prison time for drug offenses are poor and without meaningful representation. Yes, they’re afforded a Public Defender, but that PD is overwhelmed, carrying an impossible caseload, and can’t begin to litigate most cases. Therefore, the poor […]

The Latest on Wrongful Convictions

The National Registry of Exonerations is a joint project of the University of California Irvine Newkirk Center for Science & Society, the University of Michigan Law School, and the Michigan State University College of Law. The Registry collects, analyzes, and then disseminates exoneration information from 1989 to the present. The Registry’s excellent work is critical […]

The Opioid Epidemic

President Trump and Attorney General Sessions do not understand the opioid problem. Most people addicted to opioids developed their addiction under a doctor’s care. They don’t need to be arrested, they desperately need treatment, or thousands more of them will die. It can’t be overemphasized; treatment is the answer. Police everywhere should carry Narcan or […]

Criminal Justice Gone Awry

Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963) is a landmark United States Supreme Court case establishing that the prosecution must turn over all exculpatory evidence to the defense. It’s routinely ignored by prosecutors and when that action comes to light, such as when an innocent person is exonerated, normally the prosecutor’s illegal actions are simply […]

Three New Books Discuss How to Confront and Reform Racist Policing

I’ve always believed our criminal justice system does not exist on a level playing field. Those with money/status are treated differently than the poor. Some progressive change is in order. The following three books address that concept. RKC: Three New Books Discuss How to Confront and Reform Racist Policing By ELIZABETH HINTONJULY 26, 2017 (NY […]

Check out my quotes on the importance of diversity in law enforcement.

From Fortune magazine, July 12, 2017 Senators: Ask The FBI Nominee for His Diversity Plan Ellen McGirt Jul 12, 2017 Christopher Wray, President Trump’s nominee for FBI chief, heads to Capitol Hill this morning for a confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee. The president announced his pick June 7 on Twitter, about a […]

The man inside: Four months as a prison guard

Corrections Corporation of America, which has changed its name to CoreCivic, is the largest private prison provider in the US. Their CEO makes more than $3M a year, while their correction guards start a $9 an hour. They’re for profit, which means every corner is cut to maximize profits. It’s in no way “corrections.” It’s […]

The Latest from the National Registry of Exonerations

The National Registry of Exonerations (NRO) keeps track of wrongful convictions throughout the United States.  It is nowhere near all-inclusive, as it relies on reporting from defense attorneys, prosecutors and other interested parties. NRO is a project of the University of California Irvine Newkirk Center for Science & Society, University of Michigan Law School, and […]

Transforming the Art of Detective Work by Robert Kolker (The Marshall Project)

The following potentially ground-breaking article from The Marshall Project explains “A radical new interrogation technique.”  It should be of interest to every investigator working today. Nothing But The Truth A radical new interrogation technique is transforming the art of detective work: Shut up and let the suspect do the talking. One afternoon in January of […]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Latest

I read Attorney General Jeff Sessions is “rolling back” the federal government’s drug enforcement policy to that of the 1980s.  Those old policies didn’t work, didn’t affect the use of drugs in the US, and overcrowded already crowded prisons. President Obama was phasing out the use of private prisons by the federal government.  President Trump […]