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Want to Shrink Our Prisons? Fix Probation and Parole

The Crime Report 7/20/17 In our nation’s expanding discussion about eliminating mass incarceration, advocates, researchers and the media are missing a major contributor to incarcerated populations and a partial deprivation of liberty in its own right. Mass supervision through probation and parole. View Full Report

Lawyers Hope to Do to Opioid Makers What They Did to Big Tobacco

WSJ July 23, 2017 The legal front widening against makers of opioid painkillers has something in common with landmark tobacco litigation of the 1990s: attorney Mike Moore. As Mississippi’s attorney general in 1994, Mr. Moore filed the first state lawsuit against tobacco companies, saying they harmed public health systems by misrepresenting smoking’s dangers. He helped marshal the subsequent spate of state […]

America’s New Breed of Prosecutors

An estimated 10,000 people will avoid fines, jail time, and severe collateral consequences including loss of employment and housing that accompany arrest and misdemeanor convictions due to a policy shift announced by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office this month. The move, to no longer prosecute turnstile jumping, is among a number of similar actions taken by prosecutors across the country to ease the fear […]

How do you prosecute a murder without a body? California has been doing it for more than a century

The recent discovery of 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr.’s remains at a Santa Barbara recreation area was a grim achievement for investigators who had spent more than two months frantically searching for the boy. It was also a boost for Los Angeles County prosecutors, who had already filed a murder charge against the child’s father without having found the […]

Drugs by Mail: Feds Note Surge in Postal Dealing

Not long before Don Holman’s son Garrett died from an overdose in February, he learned his 20-year-old had his drugs delivered directly to their Virginia home in the mail, in packages from foreign countries, reports the Wall Street Journal (https://www.wsj.com/articles/when-the-mailman-unwittingly-becomes-a-drug-dealer-1498469403). “Your drug dealer today is your mailman,” said Holman. View Full Report

Attorney General Sessions Announces Creation of National Public Safety Partnership to Combat Violent Crime

As the Department of Justice continues its efforts to fulfill President Trump’s commitment to reducing violent crime in America, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that 12 cities are joining the Department’s newly organized National Public Safety Partnership (PSP). The announcement came during the opening session of a national summit organized by the Attorney General’s Task Force on […]

DA pushes for prosecution of drug dealers in overdose deaths

District Attorney Andrew Womble says he is stepping up efforts with local law enforcement agencies to confront overdose deaths in the region by more severely prosecuting narcotics dealers. Last week, a Roanoke Island man was charged with second-degree murder after a June 10 overdose death in Wanchese. View Full Report