A Quick Review Of Where We’ve Been And Why We Went There

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For the past few years, we have used this blog as a forum to discuss a number of different aspects of criminal law. We have discussed sobriety checkpoints; we have talked about football players being arrested for driving while intoxicated. We have talked about theft and murder and drug crimes. We have talked about exonerations,
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Raleigh Police: ‘The Face Is Familiar But…’

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About 40 years ago, American Express launched an ad campaign for its members-only credit card. The television commercials featured celebrities like author Stephen King, household names with little face recognition, looking into the camera and asking, “Do you know me?” King’s ad, of course, came out around this time of year, in anticipation of Halloween.
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Smile, You’re On The Raleigh Police’s Facial Recognition Database

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In a unanimous vote last month, the Raleigh City Council approved the police department’s use of facial recognition software. When the program launches its yearlong test period in November, Raleigh will join 26 or more local, state and federal law enforcement agencies using similar software to assist with criminal investigations. Nearly three-quarters of all states
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How Does The Parole Process Work In North Carolina? P4

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This is the last post in our series about parole in North Carolina. In our last post, we discussed the process for crimes committed before the state adopted the structured sentencing program. Structured sentencing dramatically altered the release process. The Structured Sentencing Act actually did away with parole. The act did not, however, do away
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How Does The Parole Process Work In North Carolina? P3

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In our last two posts we talked about parole eligibility under the Fair Sentencing Act and the Structured Sentencing Act. As we have said, though, parole under structured sentencing is much different. It is not the old early release process: Offenders must serve the minimum sentence. That means the parole board — or, in North
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