North Carolina Sides with Jails in Us Supreme Court Strip Search Case P3

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We’ve been discussing a criminal case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court last week. The incident that gave rise to the case didn’t happen in North Carolina, but, as with most Supreme Court cases, the decision will certainly affect how the state’s jails operate. The case was brought by a man who had been arrested
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North Carolina Sides with Jails in Us Supreme Court Strip Search Case P2

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We’re continuing our discussion of a case that was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. The question is whether a jail is allowed under the Fourth Amendment to conduct a strip search of every individual arrested for any minor offense without suspicion, no matter what the circumstances. North Carolina is just one state
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North Carolina Sides with Jails in Us Supreme Court Strip Search Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a number of criminal cases during the 2011-2012 term. One case in particular has attracted the attention of states’ attorneys general and criminal defense attorneys — on opposite sides. The case is about strip searches in jails and whether they are appropriate when the prisoner is not accused of
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American Jails Have Become De Facto Psychiatric Facilities, Concl.

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In North Carolina, it is a crime to strike an emergency room nurse or doctor. Depending on the harm inflicted, an offender can be charged with misdemeanor or felony assault. While it makes sense to arrest someone who intentionally attacks a nurse for criminal purposes, the law is less clear-cut when we think about the person
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American Jails Have Become De Facto Psychiatric Facilities, P. 3

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We are close to wrapping up our discussion of how jails and prisons are dealing with the mentally ill. Anyone involved with the criminal justice system — either defense or prosecution — is aware that the number of inmates with mental illness has increased dramatically over the past two decades. The problem, of course, is that
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