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Some states have banned the controversial legal defense, but other efforts, including at the federal level, are facing challenges.
Adam M. Rhodes
The percentage of people held pretrial for six months or longer is up six percent from January of last year, according to a UCLA School of Law report.
The advocates describe the reopening as unsafe and unnecessary amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Memos obtained by The Appeal and anecdotes from public defenders reveal how, for a week during protests over police brutality, the NYPD stalled cases by directing officers not to testify in court.
Public defenders are working with the courts to secure release for people incarcerated in the Florida county, many of whom are jailed for low-level offenses.
Delaying trials will mean more people stay in jail while a life-threatening disease spreads throughout the state.
Kyle C. Barry
The Trump administration’s hardline immigration policies are intersecting with a highly contagious disease at a time when cities across the country are shutting down.
While those facing charges appear by video at arraignments, all others—attorneys, officers, the judge—are in the courtroom in close quarters, defense attorneys say.
Judicial responses to the pandemic have varied and are changing rapidly.
Reform advocates say the risk assessments are racially biased and are not effective at their key tasks: predicting the likelihood someone will return to court.
Dawn R. Wolfe
Advocates warn that the cuts could push an already overburdened system to the breaking point.
The state said Michelle Heale shook the baby to death, but some experts say her conviction was based on debunked science.
With Danielle Sered of Common Justice
Adam H. Johnson
Under the proposal, localities would be incentivized to significantly decrease prison populations.
The city comptroller, state lawmakers, and advocates call on the state to end its use of fines and fees in the legal system.
16-year-olds won’t have to reappear in adult criminal court if they’re arrested when youth court isn’t in session.
A man sentenced to die in prison is inciting debate over ‘felony murder’ rules in Colorado.
Katie Rose Quandt
The tactics outlined encourage courtroom ‘dishonesty’ and ‘gamesmanship,’ legal experts argue.