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Parole Agents Should Not Be Able To Stop And Frisk Non-Parolees

A Pennsylvania appellate court has ruled that parole agents may frisk non-parolees that are guests of parolees during arrests or home visits if they suspect those people are armed and dangerous. In December 2013, two parole agents went to check … Read More

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Can the police search a legally parked car?

Arguments were made this month before the Ohio Supreme Court regarding if a legally parked car that was searched without a warrant was unconstitutional. The defendant’s vehicle was searched after he was arrested on an outstanding warrant for domestic violence. … Read More

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Murder Rates Rising Sharply – Is More Policing The Answer?

The New York Times article Murder Rates Rising Sharply in Many U.S. Cities by Monica Davey and Mitch Smith on August 31, 2015, reports that cities across the nation are seeing a startling rise in murders after years of declines. … Read More

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Michigan Sentencing Guidelines

On July 29, 2015 in People v. Lockridge, No. 149073, the Michigan Supreme Court decided that Michigan’s sentencing guidelines violate a defendant’s sixth amendment fundamental right to jury trial, and that judges should use them only in an advisory capacity. … Read More

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