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Is Cannabis Cash in California Being Used to Bribe Public Officials?

Is Cannabis Cash in California Being Used to Bribe Public Officials?

Proposition 64 was approved by voters in November 2016. This passage legalized recreational marijuana, one incentive had been to dry up the black market for the drug that was linked to other, more serious criminal activity. However, The Los Angeles Times recently reported that “a half-dozen...

Major Study Shows Police Traffic Stops Often Based on Racial Profiling

Major Study Shows Police Traffic Stops Often Based on Racial Profiling

The largest amount of data ever collected regarding police traffic stops shows racial profiling is alive and well among police officers. The Stanford Open Policing Project, (“SOPP”) consisting of an interdisciplinary team of journalists and researchers at Stanford University, examined...

Florida Cop Allegedly Used Police Database to Obtain Dates

Florida Cop Allegedly Used Police Database to Obtain Dates

A Florida police officer allegedly used a police database as a ‘date-a-base,’ using the information he found there to meet women. Bradenton Police Sergeant Leonel Marines, 36, is alleged to have called approximately 150 women, actually going on dates with some of them.
Rather than...


New Law on Police Transparency Passes Final Hurdle in CA Supreme Court

New Law on Police Transparency Passes Final Hurdle in CA Supreme Court

A law mandating greater transparency for law enforcement officer personnel records, signed by former Governor Jerry Brown in September of last year, has survived a legal challenge in the California Supreme Court and is free to be implemented.
At issue was the scope of the law, introduced as...


Can Brain Scans Predict Your Risk of Committing a Crime?

You’ve been convicted of a violent crime. You walk into the courtroom for sentencing and see a scan of your brain projected on the big screen. A neuroscientist is on the stand circling an area of the scan with her laser pointer.
“You can see here,” she says, “that the...


Is the Decrease in Cash Bail Leading to More Incarceration?

Criminal justice advocates touted the end of cash bail as a way to remedy the fact that poor people had to stay in jail while the affluent went free. While the idea was good in theory, now that many states have abolished cash bail, it turns out that another factor is keeping the poor behind bars...