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COVID-19 stimulus bill includes more than $1B for criminal justice needs
Updated: The $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday includes more than $1 billion for criminal justice needs, including protective gear for prisons and teleconferencing equipment for the federal judiciary.
Amid novel coronavirus fears, juvenile lockups are cutting visits
Ophelia Davis, of Columbia, South Carolina, says she doesn't know if she'll see her grandson again. That's not just because she's in the demographic most vulnerable to the coronavirus—she's 67, has an autoimmune disease and is currently struggling with a cough that she thinks is just the pollen. It's also that her grandson is in juvenile detention, and as has been happening across the country, the jail where he's confined has indefinitely ended all visits between families and their children.
Why the prison population is so vulnerable to COVID-19
As coronavirus spreads through Florida, Jack McFarland is urging officials at Madison Correctional Facility to prepare a separate dorm for himself and other older prisoners. At 64, McFarland has spent the last 28 years in prison, and his age puts him at a higher risk of serious complications should he become infected.
Traditional insanity defense isn’t constitutionally required, SCOTUS rules
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the due process clause doesn’t require states to offer a traditional insanity defense based on a defendant’s inability to distinguish right from wrong.
New Jersey Supreme Court orders release of county jail inmates, with some exceptions allowed
The New Jersey Supreme Court on Sunday evening ordered the temporary release of inmates in county jails in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
How can prisons contain coronavirus when Purell is a contraband?

When Lauren Johnson reached for a squirt of hand sanitizer on her way out of the doctor’s office, she regretted it immediately.

In the Central Texas prison where she was…

ABC’s ‘For Life’ reminds us of a life sentence’s severity

When I see a new “legal drama” on one of the “Big Three” television networks, the cynic in me comes out in full force. There are so many aspects of…

Afternoon Briefs: Harvey Weinstein gets 23 years; Sen. Rand Paul keeps $582K verdict in neighbor assault suit

Harvey Weinstein gets 23-year prison sentence

Former film producer Harvey Weinstein, 67, was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison for sexually assaulting two women. The minimum sentence was…

Afternoon Briefs: Supreme Court to hear juvenile sentencing case; Led Zeppelin wins ‘Stairway’ fight

Supreme Court takes another case over juvenile life-without-parole sentences

The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to determine if the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment requires the court…

Convicted murderer eligible for parole after judge misapplies state law, court says
The Arizona Supreme Court said on Thursday a man sentenced to prison for life will be eligible for parole, despite a state law that eliminated the privilege in 1993.
Afternoon Briefs: DC Circuit blocks McGahn testimony; lawyer utters word rarely used at SCOTUS

DC Circuit tosses suit for McGahn congressional testimony

A federal appeals court has tossed a lawsuit seeking to compel congressional testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn. The…

Murder conviction tossed after prosecutor conducts background check on only black juror
A New Jersey appeals court has overturned a murder conviction after the prosecutor conducted a criminal background check on the only black person among the potential jurors, resulting in an arrest.
Afternoon Briefs: Sotomayor sees ‘pall of uncertainty’ in capital case; judge backs park proselytizing

Death-row inmate’s conviction has ‘pall of uncertainty,’ Sotomayor says

Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressed concern on Monday about a “pall of uncertainty” over the conviction of Texas death-row inmate Rodney Reed.

Roger Stone gets 40-month sentence after Justice Department clashed with prosecution team
A federal judge sentenced Roger Stone to 40 months in prison Thursday, less than the seven-to-nine-year sentence initially recommended by prosecutors.
Some Tennessee death-row inmates opt for electric chair over lethal injections
A Tennessee inmate scheduled for execution Thursday evening has chosen the electric chair over lethal injection.

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