Top 5 Global Criminal Justice News Oct. 23-30, 2016

black Image of scales on white background with the words, "calibrate the scales" overlaid. As with any set of scales, the scales of justice must, from time to time, be recalibrated. Total balance is never achieved, but all in the criminal justice and legal systems must strive for it as much as possible.

Wow. What a busy week it has been for crime and legal news. In the United States, it seems that the Presidential election is bringing out the worst in people. Yet, around the world, strange and unique criminal events have Read More …

Is the Supreme Court the Big Issue in Election 2016?

black Image of scales on white background with the words, "calibrate the scales" overlaid. As with any set of scales, the scales of justice must, from time to time, be recalibrated. Total balance is never achieved, but all in the criminal justice and legal systems must strive for it as much as possible.

Op-Ed by C J Oakes Election 2016 has the potential to reshape American politics and more importantly, American jurisprudence for the next several decades. While most political commentators are debating who said what, the wheels of progress are grinding to Read More …

Report on the Presidents Task Force on Human Trafficking

The United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking Annual Report for 2016 was released mid-October. The 28 page report discusses achievements and needed efforts in combatting this modern slavery.

By C J Oakes, October 24, 2016 The Presidents Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking met today for the last time under the Obama Administration. Sec. John Kerry spoke on the matter, stating his hope that the next Presidential administration will Read More …

Top 5 Global Criminal Justice News Oct. 16-22, 2016

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Following are the Top 5 International Criminal Justice & Law News stories for the week of October 16-22, 2016. According to the Hindustan Times, the government of India is set to consider expanding victims rights in the courtroom. This is Read More …

Poll: Should a Sheriff be Above the Law?

This poster, showing Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona well illustrates the matter of what to do when law enforcement engages in civil disobedience. Should they be treated as any other citizen? Or should there be a higher standard? Image credit: Arizona New Times

By C J Oakes America’s Toughest Sheriff has been arrested. The self-styled “toughest sheriff” Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona is facing Criminal Contempt charges. The charges stem from an Act by the Arizona Legislature (SB 1070). This bill was Read More …

13th on Netflix. At Once Damning AND Encouraging

black Image of scales on white background with the words, "calibrate the scales" overlaid. As with any set of scales, the scales of justice must, from time to time, be recalibrated. Total balance is never achieved, but all in the criminal justice and legal systems must strive for it as much as possible.

For anyone who cares about the direction America is going; for anyone who cares about American families; for anyone who is concerned about police brutality; for anyone concerned that America has become more like a Soviet Gulag than America…the new Read More …

Poll: Should What Trump Described be a Crime?

Donald Trump with Access Hollywood's Billy Bush and actress Arianne Zucker in 2011 at the set of Days of Our Lives in Burbank, CA. This scene provides the context for comments made by Mr. Trump which are now grabbing the nation by storm. In our first poll, we want to know if the events described by Mr. Trump should be legal. They currently are not. Photo credit: The Washington Post

This is a reader poll. We would like for all readers to read the laws cited and the events described then chime in. Please attempt to keep the conversation civil and constructive (in other words, focus on the issue, not Read More …

Is There Really Discrimination in Criminal Justice and Law?

Slate.com compared black to white prison sentencing. This chart shows the disparity that exists.

A recent article by Bill Quigley, a Loyola University Law Professor, caught my attention. The issue of racial disparities in the Criminal Justice system is a key topic of which I often write. The reason for this is because most Read More …

Child Left in Car Dies. Should Parent be Prosecuted?

This chart, developed by Kidsandcars.org, shows the states where laws specific to leaving children in hot cars exist, are pending, and do not exist. To date, 19 states have such a law and a recent event involving the child of a Mississippi police officer well-highlights the need for the remaining states to act.

For many American’s, the question of whether negligent parents should face criminal charges is simple: Yes, they should be prosecuted. What about parents who let their infant and toddler children die of heat stroke while left unattended in a car? Read More …