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Monthly Archives: April 2019

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It’s Time To Stop Relying On AI-Based Crime Tools, For The Sake Of Civil Rights

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Slowly but surely, more and more police departments are realizing that they must stop using algorithmic-based programs to identify who is most likely to commit violent crimes. These programs have long been a means of labeling people as “chronic offenders“; more as a reflection of personal opinion than actual science; and they have not… Read More »

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Prosecutorial Misconduct Is Out of Control and Hurting Innocent People

By Phillip J. Murphy |

We’ve discussed police misconduct before, but what about prosecutorial misconduct? Prosecutors wield a significant amount of power; they are not only responsible for police oversight, but also indictments and pleas. When these powers are abused, it can ruin lives. Today, more than 97 percent of all criminal cases result in plea deals. By the… Read More »

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New Jersey Scrapping Cash Bail System & Releasing People Before Trial Is Working, According to New Report

By Phillip J. Murphy |

A new report released in early April highlights the fact that New Jersey scrapping the cash bail system and letting individuals out of jail before trial not only did not result in a crime increase, but has resulted in the state detaining almost half as many people pretrial. Pretrial Release Based On Whether Defendant… Read More »

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Major Criminal Justice Reforms Passed In New York Omnibus Bill

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The omnibus deal reached in late March amongst Governor Andrew Cuomo and leaders of the New York State Legislature include important criminal justice changes here in New York–such as cash bail and criminal discovery reform–as well as a defendant’s right to a speedy trial. Specifically, the legislation eliminates cash bail for misdemeanors and non-violent… Read More »

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New Jersey Decriminalizes Aid in Dying, But What Does It Cover, Exactly?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

New Jersey recently decriminalized medical aid in dying, although the issue remains controversial for some, who are concerned that the legislation not mandating that family of the patient first be notified could end up introducing abuse into the system. The law—titled “Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act”—now makes New Jersey the 8th… Read More »

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Major Announcements Regarding Decriminalization of Marijuana in New Jersey & New York

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In late March, major steps were taken concerning the legalization (and decriminalization) of recreational marijuana in New Jersey and New York. While, on March 18, New Jersey Assembly and Senate Committees advanced a measure to legalize (and decriminalize) the substance, at the same time, New York’s Governor Cuomo indicated that New York may have… Read More »

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New York Follows New Jersey in Judge Deciding That Stun Gun Ban Is Unconstitutional

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On March 22, a federal judge in New York ruled that the state’s ban on personal ownership of stun guns is unconstitutional; specifically, that it violated citizens’ Second Amendment right to bear arms. The lawsuit named the superintendent of the state police because that particular agency governs state weapons laws. New York has now… Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Monumental Criminal Case Involving Significant Prosecutorial Misconduct and Racial Discrimination

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In March, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a monumental criminal case that involves a significant amount of prosecutorial misconduct, racial profiling, and the death penalty. The case concerns defendant Curtis Flowers, a man who was convicted for murder in spite of being tried six times, with two hung juries, and a conviction overturned… Read More »

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We Must Do More to Implement Criminal Justice Reforms for Released Prisoners

By Phillip J. Murphy |

While the passage of the First Step Act was an important step forward in terms of addressing past injustices associated with mandatory minimum sentencing—especially when it comes to drug crimes—there is still much left to be done when it comes to criminal justice reforms. Below, we discuss some of the noteworthy new reforms and… Read More »

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