When Should a Child Be Taken from His Parents?

The New Yorker

What should you do if child-protective services comes to your house? You will hear a knock on the door, often late at night. You don’t have to open it, but if you don’t the caseworker outside may come back with the police. The caseworker will tell you you’re being investigated for abusing or neglecting your children.

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‘Better Call Saul’ highlights stress and mental illness in the legal profession

ABA Journal

I’ve never personally thought about burning my house down while inside, but I’d be lying if I said I’d ever worked myself close to the edge of exhaustion. We all contemplate the line between career and everything else”— I’ve always tried my best to balance it.

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Across America, The Single Most Powerful th Near Person in Local Criminal Justice Systems Operates With Near Impunity

For anyone who cares about transforming America’s criminal justice system, pivotal elections are fast approaching. It’s not the congressional elections we are talking about, though — it’s the more than 1,000 local prosecutors that will soon be up for election in counties across the country in 2018.

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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.

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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 litigation and then the talks that led to a $246 billion settlement.

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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 of arrest and prosecution faced disproportionately by low income individuals and people of color.

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As opioid overdoses exact a higher price, communities ponder who should be saved

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The coroner here in the outer suburbs of Cincinnati gets the call almost every day. Man “slumped over the dining room table.” Woman “found in the garage.” Man “found face down on the kitchen floor of his sister’s residence.”

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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 body.

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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.

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The Impact of BWC on the Burden of Proof and Evidentiary Expectations

A Prosecutor Perspective
Upon learning that a local law enforcement agency was preparing to deploy body worn cameras, as prosecutors we had to wonder what this new evidence would mean to our presentation of cases in court. Would this mean more or less work? More or less trials? Better trial outcomes?

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