The ruling is a partial victory for civil liberties groups, who argue that lawmakers were subverting a constitutional amendment expected to restore voting rights to 1.4 million Floridians.
A DNA test might show that he didn't fire the shot that killed a clerk in 1994. But the law says he'd be guilty anyway.
But can the city commit to reducing its jail population—and will Rikers' infamous culture just be transplanted to the new jails?
'This Is a Culture War': Sex Work Decriminalization Bill in D.C. Draws 14 Hours of Passionate Public Testimony
From morning till past midnight, supporters and opponents of a bill to decriminalize prostitution offered starkly different visions of safety and rights.
Illinois abolished the death penalty in 2011.
This year, Mississippi and North Carolina both ditched a vague "good moral character" clause that kept occupational licensing out of reach for people with criminal records.
California is turning to tech solution to clear bureaucratic hurdles.
Naama Issachar, a 26-year-old woman who was arrested while catching a connecting flight in Moscow, was charged with drug smuggling.
This Case, Which Resulted in a 20-Year Prison Sentence, Supposedly Showed How Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law Lets People Get Away With Murder
Michael Drejka said he had to shoot Markeis McGlockton in self-defense. Jurors disagreed.
Plus: Democrats talk LGBTQ equality, California cracks down on mini-shampoo, and more...
The case is yet another example of our excessively penal criminal justice system.
SCOTUS Debates Whether the Right to Trial by Jury Should Mean the Same Thing in State and Federal Court
Understanding what’s at stake in Ramos v. Louisiana.
America's justice system should leave more room for mercy.
Plus: Parents sue Illinois child services, Pennsylvania mulls liquor-store weed sales, Giuliani consorts with Manafort, and more...
Can a Federal Judge Sentence You for a Crime Your Jury Says You Didn't Commit? The Answer May Terrify You
Congress takes up the issue of "acquitted conduct."
The case vividly illustrates how hate crime laws punish people for the views they express.
Did Trump Commit a Crime by Seeking a Ukrainian Investigation of Joe Biden? And Does It Matter for Impeachment Purposes?
The president's critics have several legal theories, ranging from frivolous to debatable.
We probably won’t see a follow up to the FIRST STEP Act. But it’s still been a boon to federal prisoners.
The U.S. incarcerates people for petty crimes at an alarming rate.
Woman Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Selling $31 of Marijuana Lands Back in Jail for Court Fees
Fines continued to pile up for almost a decade.
Sober Cannabis Consumers in Utah Already Can Be Convicted of Stoned Driving. This Legislator Thinks the Law Is Too Lenient.
His bill would authorize felony prosecutions of drivers with THC in their blood even when they are not impaired.
The man will finally be released from prison.
Two federal court rulings cite a significant conflict of interest.
Mill's legal problems are now over, but he remains involved in efforts to push for important probation reforms.
Government incompetence made an innocent man spend months in jail and lose both of his jobs.
'I Still Think They're Heroes,' Houston's Police Chief Says of the Cops Who Killed a Couple During a Fraudulent Drug Raid
While the narcotics officers charged with murder and evidence tampering were bad eggs, Art Acevedo says, their colleagues acted "in good faith."
Sealed memos fought over in federal court last week show authorities have known for years that claims about Backpage were bogus.
“Modern immunity practice—essentially 'heads government wins, tails plaintiffs lose'—leaves many victims violated but not vindicated."
"Joke or not, these types of comments are felonies under the law," says the Volusia County Sheriff's Office
They're the latest to plead guilty in the Mississippi Department of Corrections bribing scheme.
Bernie Sanders Calls for Legalizing Marijuana and Curtailing Asset Forfeiture in Sprawling Criminal Justice Plan
Sanders' plan takes aim at every part of the justice system, including typical Sanders targets like private prisons and corporate "profiteers."
Ursula Wing sold abortion drugs to U.S. customers and is now charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Also: the politics of recession, Bernie's criminal justice plan, and stanning for Barry Manilow, all on the Reason Podcast
Reason previously shared the story of Ricky Kidd's wrongful conviction in April.
The operation is still arresting sex workers and calling it a rescue mission.
Court Sides With Prison Guards Who Forced Female Inmates To Expose Genitals During Training Exercise
The search raised Fourth Amendment concerns.
The end of political privacy and the politicization of everything
In a speech to police, Barr called for citizens to shut up and do what officers tell them to.
While the president's mercy might be self-serving, it's not necessarily wrong.
Acts of Politically Motivated Violence Are Already Illegal. Making 'Domestic Terrorism' a Federal Crime Won't Help
A domestic terrorism law is bound to threaten liberty more than it hampers terrorists.
The felony murder rule allows police to charge someone with a killing if they were an accomplice in a related crime.
The bipartisan bill says "using drugs or illegal substances to cause a person to engage in a commercial sex act" or in any kind of labor counts as human trafficking.
Politicians never hesitate to exploit a tragedy.