California’s prison population has hit the court-ordered benchmark of 137.5 percent of capacity, more than one year before the deadline. Although the population inside the state’s 34 adult prisons fluctuates, the development is seen as a sign that the state is making steady progress toward cutting inmate populations.
First Amendment cases often deal with the fringes of free speech, forcing courts to scrutinize expression that might, on first glance, seem pretty worthless. In the last few years, the Supreme Court has constructed constitutional protections for dogfighting videos, funeral protests, violent video games, and outright lies. This month, however,...
Anti-gay pastor Scott Lively will stand trial in federal court for crimes against humanity. He has tried for months to have the case dismissed on First Amendment grounds, but the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston has denied his last petition for dismissal. He’s going to court. Lively, who lives in...
Juvenile offenders kept under supervision close to home, rather than in secure, state-run facilities, are significantly less likely to be arrested again or commit more serious crimes, according to a new study. Judy Woodruff discusses the findings with Xavier McElrath-Bey of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and Michael Thompson of the Council of State Governments Justice Center. Continue reading →
San Francisco police have identified a “person of interest,” but no one has been arrested in connection with the gruesome discovery of a suitcase full of body parts Wednesday in the city’s South of Market area, authorities said Thursday. Investigators pinpointed the potential suspect late Wednesday, but police could release additional details about the ongoing investigation, San Francisco police spokeswoman Grace Gatpandan said. The gristly discovery happened around 4:15 p.m. when someone flag
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- With two former Vanderbilt football players facing decades in prison after being convicted of the rape of an unconscious student in a dorm room, attention now turns to two of their teammates who have yet to go to trial.
Suge Knight has turned himself in to the police after reportedly killing his friend Terry Carter by running him over, and then fleeing the scene. According to ABC7 Eyewitness News, who tweeted out this picture, Knight arrived at Sheriff's West Hollywood Station in the early hours of Friday, Jan. 30, following the deadly hit and run. James Blatt, representing the former Death Row Records CEO, told reporters earlier that he is confident that once police have finished their investigations, no cha