Monday , December 11 2017

Crime

Latest Funding Problem for Louisiana’s Public Defenders: No Lawyers for Death Penalty Defendants

In its 1963 decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, the U.S. Supreme Court held that, under the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution, indigent defendants facing serious criminal charges have a fundamental right to counsel, even if they are unable to pay. But the decision didn’t speak to where the funds for …

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America’s Mass Incarceration Problem by the Numbers

mass incarceration

For a democratic nation that's not even close to having the world’s highest population, there are a lot of people in jail. Non-violent drug offenders and people of color are disproportionally over-represented, and women are committing more crimes than ever before. Yet, thanks to the hard work of policymakers and organizations and individuals pressing for change, the dramatic decline in incarcerated youth is encouraging.

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