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U.S. Lawmakers Push For Drug-Crime Sentencing Reforms

Last month, we wrote about the U.S. Justice Department's plan to make drug crime prosecution and sentencing more reasonable. Approximately 1.5 million Americans were locked up as of last year; including 218,000 in federal prisons. Drug offenders accounted for half of the federal prison population. Harsh mandatory minimum sentences have not resulted in fewer drug crimes or lower recidivism rates.… Read more

Juvenile Suspects Especially Vulnerable During Interrogation

Most of us would like to think that we would never confess to a crime we didn't commit. Unfortunately, however, your resolve might not be as strong during intense and abusive interrogation. False and coerced confessions are more common than most people realize. An article in the Wall Street Journal highlights the fact that juveniles are especially likely to give false confessions, sometimes… Read more

New Crime-Predicting Technology Introduced In Utah

The American criminal justice system is meant to operate under the assumption that all persons are innocent until proven guilty. When individuals are accused of committing criminal activity, they may hire an experienced criminal defense attorney or one will be appointed for them. It is within this system of due process that the accused are meant to either be found guilty or released from accusations. Unfortunately,… Read more

How To Behave At DUI Checkpoints This Weekend

Police departments all across the state will be increasing drunk and drugged driving enforcement efforts in Utah this Labor Day weekend. Because of this, it is important for all Utah motorists to understand what is and is not considered appropriate behavior when they are stopped at a driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoint. Even if you are not drunk or in danger of being cited for drug possession… Read more

Study Results Suggest Eyewitness Memory Can Be Highly Inaccurate

Two of the most important questions in any criminal case are: What evidence do prosecutors have and how reliable is it? The answer to the second question largely depends on when it was asked. It used to be the case that eyewitness testimony was as good as gold when it came to securing a criminal conviction. It was pretty hard to mount a solid criminal defense against a witness who had supposedly… Read more

Obama Administration Seeks More Reasonable Drug Crime Sentencing

Whether you look at prisons here in Utah or any other state in the country, it is plain to see that America's war on drugs has claimed too many casualties and ruined too many lives. Few people realize it, but America incarcerates a greater percentage of its own population than any other country in the world. How can this be? Why are so many Americans classified as criminals? Those questions… Read more