The First Step Act was literally that: a first step. Now that the political winds have changed, its time for the Next Step Act to become law.
In 1991, the United States Sentencing Commission submitted a report to Congress calling for the abolition of mandatory minimums. We’re on the eve of the 30-year anniversary of that report. Yet we’ve made very little progress when it comes to the unfair sentencing practice.
In US v Haymond, the Supreme Court preserved the rights to a jury trial and to be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. But it was close.
Everyone worries about their privacy, including prisoners. Inmates' privacy rights have their roots in several key constitutional provisions.
Issues about how to determine mental competency to stand trial are rooted in a lack of clarity about what mental incompetency looks like.
In early 2021, the U.S. executed a woman for the first time since 1953. And they did the execution without a mental competency hearing. How?