Frightening events create openings for attacks on civil liberties.
During the last few election cycles, a wave of well-funded progressive candidates have run for prosecutor's offices in major cities. This time, quite a few reform-minded D.A.s won.
The idea is looking less like a Get Out of Jail Free card and more like a hall pass.
Police response “likely escalated tensions and the potential for violence” say investigators.
Mory Keita was involved in two cases against the government, including an ACLU suit challenging ICE and a case alleging abuse by Butler County Jail guards.
Former Executive Director Ira Glasser discusses the past, present, and increasingly shaky future of free speech.
Authoritarian-minded officials have found opportunity in public health fears.
Courts ignore constitutional guarantees while defendants awaiting trial languish in jail.
Circumstances change and the world may grow more complicated, but authoritarians never vary from their demand for more power over our lives.
It's unclear what Biden will ultimately be able to accomplish as president, but he has been trying to bring transformative change since the 1970s.
The Texas senator notes the opposing party's blind spots on freedom of speech and the right to arms.
Politicians are poised to tighten the screws, even though voluntary action offers more promise.
While the 7th Circuit judge is often skeptical of the government's position, some of her conclusions will give pause to civil libertarians.
Court OKs Deportation of Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants, Another Says Homeland Security's Head Might Have No Legal Authority
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As the pandemic rages on, nominally free countries are sliding down a path blazed by authoritarian regimes.
The Reason Roundtable talks Portland, policing, federalism, coronavirus, and the perennially dumb discourse.
This deadly and contagious disease has exposed problems with prison systems that have been ignored for decades.
Fitness centers across the state are turning up the resistance to lockdown orders.
Protesters in many countries may find themselves facing down state forces with extralegal powers and a muzzled press.
It's not likely to have the chilling effect he expects. Unfortunately, it might not do as much as criminal justice reformers expect either.
The presidential candidate deserves praise for retreating from his tough-on-crime stance. But let's not forget that his policies contributed to mass incarceration and the police misconduct that people are protesting today.
Princeton political scientist Omar Wasow says violent protests helped Richard Nixon win the presidency in 1968.
The U.S. already has a major problem with overcriminalization.
The radical left is an occasionally violent nuisance, not an existential threat.
On crime, drugs, immigration, and foreign policy, his 44-year policy record is a cautionary tale of bipartisanship in response to perceived crises.
The ruling says the state's top health official exceeded her statutory authority by ordering "nonessential" businesses to close.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Says the State's COVID-19 Lockdown Violated the Rule of Law and the Separation of Powers
A seemingly arcane dispute about administrative law has profound implications for the limits of public health authority.
Too often, minor drug crimes turn into mandatory minimum offenses with lengthy sentences despite the fact these types of cases rarely involve drug dealing to minors.
An Illinois resident obtained a TRO by citing a 30-day limit, while a New Hampshire hair salon owner says the goal of her state's lockdown has been achieved.
The tradeoffs among considerations of health, prosperity, and liberty are catching up with us even if we don't want to acknowledge them.
Supreme Court Justices in Texas and Pennsylvania Emphasize That COVID-19 Lockdowns Require Judicial Scrutiny
Not everything that states do in the name of protecting public health is consistent with the Constitution.
Courts so far have not been inclined to ask that question.
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William Barr Orders Federal Prosecutors to Look Out for Civil Rights Violations During Coronavirus Lockdowns
Barr: "The Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis."
Economists David Henderson and Justin Wolfers debate whether the coronavirus lockdowns are doing more harm than good.
Contact tracing might offer hope for slowing the spread of the pandemic—or fulfill every Big Brother-ish fear privacy advocates have ever raised.
Hoover Institution's David Henderson vs. University of Michigan's Justin Wolfers
While denying Donald Trump's dictatorial impulses, William Barr notes that public health emergencies do not give governments unlimited powers.