A One-Two Punch for Juveniles

April brought a one-two punch for juveniles. Punch One: Jones v. Mississippi (April 2021) For the last 20 years, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a string of decisions limiting the most severe sentences for children. The Court abolished capital punishment for juvenile offenders. It prohibited life without parole (LWOP) in cases that did not involve […]

Two Suspicious Deaths by Hangings of Black Men in California

Robert Fuller, a twenty-four-year old black man, was found on June 10th, hanging from a tree near City Hall in Palmdale, California. With very little investigation, the local police quickly declared his death to be an apparent suicide, a response that Fuller’s family and friends flatly disputed. There was little evidence to support such a […]

New Jersey’s Prisons and the Coronavirus

New Jersey just took a major step toward protecting the public from the coronavirus.  It ordered the release of nearly 1,000 low-level offenders in county jails – which represents about one-tenth of the jail population.    This makes good sense.  Jails and prisons are breeding grounds for viral diseases.  People in prison live on top […]