Comedian/satirist John Oliver opened an immense can of worms with his criticism of the American bail system. The segment garnered the attention of the Washington Post, Slate.com, Time magazine and other, perhaps less revered news outlets. Oliver explained the way bail works and alleged that the system, in its current form, disproportionately penalizes the poor.
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Many people may not realize it, but an assault charge can end up impacting someone’s life for years to come. Not only are there the criminal consequences that can come from a conviction, but having a conviction on one’s record can limit housing, employment and educational opportunities. This means that a mistake or misunderstanding today
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In 2011, we posted about two men found innocent of second-degree murder after they had served 10 years in prison. Their exonerations were the result of appeals to the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission. What cleared them? What else? DNA. The first use of DNA evidence — to convict someone — was in 1987 in
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A couple we know was expecting their first child, and they had all sorts of plans. The baby, they said, would grow up to be a doctor. They just knew it. They could feel it in their bones. This child — a boy — was destined for medicine. But, just to be sure, they named
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If you are old enough to remember 1968, you may be more than a little uneasy about the increasingly violent confrontations about race. It is a little hard to think that this will all be resolved somehow. That Ferguson will be made right, that the deaths of young black males at the hands of the
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