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Transforming Prisons, Restoring Lives

[January 26, 2016] “the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections issued a set of bold recommendations to reform the federal justice system, enhance public safety, and save the government billions of dollars. In a new report, Transforming Prisons, Restoring Lives, the Congressionally mandated blue-ribbon panel released the findings of its year-long investigation into theContinue Reading

Linking ‘toxic outliers’ to environmental justice communities

Environ. Res. Lett. 11 (2016) 015004 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/1/015004. Linking ‘ toxic outliers ’ to environmental justice communities, Mary B Collins, Ian Munoz and Joseph JaJa “Several key studies have found that a small minority of producers, polluting at levels far exceeding group averages, generate the majority of overall exposure to industrial toxics. Frequently, such patterns goContinue Reading

GPO Launches govinfo beta to replace FDsys

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) launches www.govinfo.gov and ushers in a new, dynamic way for the public to  discover and access Government information on the three branches of the Federal Government.  govinfo is a user-friendly, modernized site that provides an easy to use navigation system accessible on smartphones, tablets, laptops and personal computers.  GPOContinue Reading

Sunlight launches Hall of Justice – massive data inventory on criminal justice across US

“Today, Sunlight is launching Hall of Justice, a robust, searchable data inventory of nearly 10,000 datasets and research documents from across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government. Hall of Justice is the culmination of 18 months of work gathering data and refining technology. The process was no easy task: BuildingContinue Reading

Founder of Oyez.org seeks new manager and large purchase price

WSJ Law Blog: “For Sale: 61 years of Supreme Court oral arguments, including audio, transcripts and a suite of multimedia tools. It’s not on Craigslist yet, but Jerry Goldman says options are narrowing for Oyez.org, the private online archive of Supreme Court materials he has been building since the early 1990s and providing free toContinue Reading

Reconciling Perspectives: New Report Reframes Encryption Debate

“The Berklett Cybersecurity Project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to announce the publication of a new report entitled “Don’t Panic: Making Progress on the ‘Going Dark’ Debate.” The report examines the high-profile debate around government access to encryption, and offers a new perspective gleaned from the discussion,Continue Reading

GAO Report – State Marijuana Legalization

State Marijuana Legalization: DOJ Should Document Its Approach to Monitoring the Effects of Legalization, GAO-16-1: Published: Dec 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 2016. “Officials from the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of the Deputy Attorney General (ODAG) reported monitoring the effects of state marijuana legalization relative to DOJ policy, generally in two ways. First,Continue Reading

U.S. Uncleared Swap Margin, Capital and Segregation Rules

Presentation by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLC – snipped – Introduction – U.S. prudential regulators (the OCC , Federal Reserve, FDIC, FCA and FHFA) and the CFTC have finalized uncleared swap margin , capital and segregation requirements (the “PR rules,” and “ CFTC rules,” respectively, and the “final rules,” collectively [note – The CFTC hasContinue Reading

White House – Taking Action to Advance Equal Pay

“Summary:  On the 7th anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, President Obama is announcing new actions the Administration is taking to advance equal pay for all workers…The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in partnership with the Department of Labor, is publishing a proposal to annually collect summary pay data by gender, race, andContinue Reading

International Law and Domestic Legislation in Sustainable Management of Transboundary Watercourses

Kofele-Kale, Ndiva and Gonzaga, Fausto Mendanha, International Law and Domestic Legislation in the Sustainable Management of Transboundary Watercourses: The Case of the Amazon River Basin (2011). Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2011; SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 235. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2724127 “TheContinue Reading

Rolling Stone – Who Poisoned Flint, Michigan?

Stephen Rodrick – A writer returns home to find a toxic disaster, giant government failure and countless children exposed to lead “Recently, Michigan was forced to declare a state of emergency in Flint. Some of the public servants involved have resigned. Now, the feds and the state are investigating what one water expert calls oneContinue Reading

Sen. Elizabeth Warren releases document on DOJ and SEC corporate law enforcement

Via International Business Times – A New York Times Op-Ed today by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was coordinated with the release by her office of a 12 page investigative report titled, Rigged Justice: How Weak Enforcement Let Corporate Offenders Off Easy, “that documents 20 civil and criminal cases that in her opinion lacked adequate accountability. ThoseContinue Reading