Life Imitates Art: “minority Report” Software Predicting Crime

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The 2002 action film “Minority Report,” starring Tom Cruise, forwarded the idea of a future in which criminal activity was predicted in advance by computer programs, giving authorities the ability to seemingly prevent criminals’ acts before they were ever carried out. While the film was a success thanks in large part to its captivating visuals
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Clean Records Are Possible Under New North Carolina Law

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A law went into effect on Dec. 1, 2012, that should have a positive impact on many North Carolina residents who were convicted of certain nonviolent crimes years ago. Until recently, their criminal records have affected their job prospects, their applications for car loans, their attempts to rent an apartment and a host of other
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Governor’s Last Decisions in Office Include 50 Pardon Requests

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The coming New Year brings with it many changes. Among them are the end of the current North Carolina governor’s term of office and the swearing in of her successor. For some who previously faced criminal charges, it also represents a traditional opportunity to press forward with their pardon requests. The current governor has a
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State Crime Lab: is Backup Justice Delayed or Justice Denied?

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North Carolina legislators are gearing up for the beginning of the General Assembly’s next session. On Jan. 30, lawmakers will gather with a clean slate before them — well, relatively clean. While any bills left pending at the end of the 2012 session expired when the legislature adjourned in July, the state continues to grapple
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Compassion Lacking for Prisoners Asking for ‘compassionate Leave’

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Federal prison authorities have the power to release inmates from custody before the completion of their sentences when there are unusual circumstances, such as the prisoner being very ill or in the process of dying. This power was given to them explicitly in 1984 by an act of Congress. A report on what the federal
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