States Act to Protect Detainees from Frisky Officers

New York State passes legislation to protect detainees from sexual misconduct

By Christopher Zoukis Police can take people into custody for various reasons, and numerous laws limit and define what can happen after. The legislatures and governors of two states recently acted to place one significant new restriction on police-detainee interactions: having sex has been legislated to be taboo, something a…

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House of Representatives Passes Federal “Blue Lives Matter” Bill

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By Christopher Zoukis With surprisingly little notice, on May 16 by a huge margin, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protect and Serve Act (H.R. 5698), which would create new federal penalties for anyone who knowingly causes “serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer, or attempts to do…

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Virginia Pays $100K to Settle Suit over Inmate Suicide

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By Christopher Zoukis On November 8, 2014, 19-year-old Dai’yaan Longmire was an inmate in Virginia’s Indian Creek Correctional Center in southern Chesapeake, placed in solitary confinement during the third year of a four-year term. He was serving time after pleading guilty to a total of five felonies and two misdemeanors.…

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“Making a Murderer” Defendant Asks Supreme Court to Undo Conviction

Brendan Dassey appeals to U.S. Supreme Court to reverse decision

By Christopher Zoukis Brendan Dassey, the younger defendant convicted of crimes covered in the hugely popular 2015 Netflix documentary series, Making a Murderer, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse his conviction, arguing police coerced him into making false confessions. Dassey’s uncle, Steven Avery, is serving a life sentence…

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Department of Justice Finds Higher Recidivism Rates for State-Released Inmates

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By Christopher Zoukis The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has taken a new look at recidivism rates for inmates released from state correctional institutions; the new study found recidivism rates over longer periods of time are higher than previously thought. Its new analysis, “2018 Update on Prisoner…

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Federal Prison Handbook Wins 2017 Instruction & Insight Book Award First Place Blue Ribbon

Chanticleer First Place Blue Ribbon

Another award for  Federal Prison Handbook. Winner of the 2017 I&I Book Award First Place Blue Ribbon, a division of the Chanticleer International Book Awards. It was said that, “the competition was exceptionally stiff and the process of choosing the few M&M First Place Award Winners from the Shortlisters was tough.” So,…

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Sex Offender Registries: Common Sense or Nonsense?

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Original article published in Criminal Legal News – June 2018 edition by Christopher Zoukis In October 1989, 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped at gunpoint and never seen again. When the boy’s mother, Patty Wetterling, learned that her home state of Minnesota did not have a database of possible suspects—notably convicted…

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