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Texas Justice Initiative – More than 6900 people died in custody in Texas in 2005-2015

“The Texas Justice Initiative is a project spearheaded by Amanda Woog, postdoctoral legal fellow at the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at the University of Texas at Austin. The Initiative seeks to build narratives around who is dying in Texas’ criminal justice system, bring attention to the lives that have been lost, and provide a foundation for research toward solutions that will save lives. The Texas Justice Initiative is made possible through generous funding and support from The Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at The University of Texas at Austin, the France-Merrick Foundation and the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law….Each time a person in Texas dies in police, jail or prison custody, or as the result of a police officer’s use of force, the death must be reported to the Texas Attorney General. Since 2005, the Attorney General’s office has been collecting the information contained in those reports into a single database.  That database was obtained using the Texas Public Information Act and provides the basis for this website’s content. Explore the data to learn more about who is dying in Texas state custody.”

A New Era for Expungement Law Reform? Recent Developments at the State and Federal Levels

Murray, Brian M., A New Era for Expungement Law Reform? Recent Developments at the State and Federal Levels (June 21, 2016). 10 Harvard Law and Policy Review 361. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2782940 In the past decade, due to heightened interest in criminal law reform, several states have enacted specific laws attempting to expand… Continue Reading

Locked Up: Fear, Racism, Prison Economics, and the Incarceration of Native Youth

Rolnick, Addie, Locked Up: Fear, Racism, Prison Economics, and the Incarceration of Native Youth (2016). 40 Am. Indian Culture & Research J. 55, 2016. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2810386 “Native youth are disproportionately incarcerated, often for relatively minor offenses. One potential solution is to move more Native youth out of federal and state courts… Continue Reading

Police and Crime: Evidence from Cops 2.0

Mello, Steven, Police and Crime: Evidence from Cops 2.0 (July 6, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2812701 “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act increased funding for the Department of Justice’s local police hiring (COPS) grant program from $20 million in 2008 to $1 billion in 2009 and over $150 million annually in 2010-2012. Among… Continue Reading

Criminal Prosecutions for Illegal Entry Up, Re-Entry Down

“The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during the first eight months of FY 2016 the government reported 25,680 new criminal prosecutions for illegal entry, and 20,628 new criminal prosecutions for illegal re-entry. If trends continue, illegal re-entry charges, which are a felony under Title 8 Section 1326 of the United States… Continue Reading

Stockholder Lawsuits Down 40 Percent in Last Four Years

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse – “The latest available data from the federal courts show that in the last 12 months ending in June 2016 the federal government reported 259 new stockholder civil lawsuits filed. This represents a drop of more than one third (35.4%) from the same period five years ago, and a decrease of… Continue Reading

The Supreme Court Database

Washington University in St. Louis: “The Supreme Court Database is the definitive source for researchers, students, journalists, and citizens interested in the U.S. Supreme Court. The Database contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1791 and 2015 terms. Examples include the identity of the court whose… Continue Reading

Text of European Commission Adequacy Decision on Privacy Shield

“European Commission Implementing Decision of 12.7.2016 pursuant to Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the adequacy of the protection provided by the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Text with EEA relevance) THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION, Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Having regard to Directive 95/46/EC of… Continue Reading

Essay – After Deference

Pojanowski, Jeffrey A., After Deference (July 7, 2016). Missouri Law Review, Vol. 81, 2017, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2806435 “This essay explores what judicial review of agency interpretations of law would look like if the Supreme Court abandoned Chevron deference in favor de novo review. It concludes that such an alternative regime has… Continue Reading

Jurist Commentary – Overcriminalization & Mass Incarceration

Donnie Bethel, Stephen Cooper, Overcriminalization & mass incarceration: SCOTUS’ Decision n the Hobbs Act Will Increase Both, JURIST – Professional Commentary, June 26, 2016, http://jurist.org/hotline/2016/06/Bethel-Cooper-mass-incarceration.php. “People of all persuasions, political parties and philosophies have awakened to the terrible toll the crises of overcriminalization and mass incarceration have wrought on America. Perhaps, as reported by The… Continue Reading

Paper – Faith, Social Action & Passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Augustine, Jonathan C., The Substance of Things Hoped for: Faith, Social Action & Passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (June 30, 2015). The Substance of Things Hoped For: Faith, Social Action & Passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, 46 Cum. L. Rev. 423 (2016). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2802981 “In… Continue Reading

2015 Wiretap Report: Intercept Orders Rise 17 Percent

United States Courts, June 30, 2016: “The number of federal and state wiretaps terminated in 2015 increased nearly 17 percent over 2014, according to an annual report submitted to Congress by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. As in previous years, drug investigations and telephone wiretaps accounted for the large majority of cases. The… Continue Reading