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October 2016 Archives

What is the Justice Department's Clemency Initiative?

In early 2014, ex-Deputy Attorney General James. M. Cole released the U.S. Justice Department's clemency initiative. The initiative asked certain federal inmates to submit petitions to request reduced or commuted sentences from the President of the United States. The initiative announced that the Justice Department would prioritize clemency petitions submitted by inmates meeting the specific criteria listed below.

The threat of sex offenders near schools, pt.2

Most of the so-called sex offender laws have proven to be ineffective. They relied on the fiction that assumed most sex offenders are predatory and therefore the same people commit the bulk of these crimes. That is not the case, because, in spite of many more sex offenses, more severe penalties and such devices as sex offender registries and the use of the indefinite incarceration via civil commitment, the rate of sex offenses being committed is relatively unchanged from the period before all of these laws were passed.

Ohio attorney general says jails should not be detox centers

The opiate epidemic has struck Ohio harder than many other states. From an increased number of arrests to the shocking number of deaths, the statistics are numbing. In 2014, the state had the second highest number of overdose deaths, yet is only the seventh largest state by population.

Two OVIs in one day for an Ohio woman

Being arrested for an OVI in Ohio is a bad idea. A second OVI offense is even worse, as the potential penalties increase. OVI is defined as operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of greater than 0.08 if you are age 21 or older. If you are arrested with a BAC of greater than 0.08 but under 0.17, you could spend three days in jail or be ordered into a driver intervention program, be fined up to $1,075 and have your license suspended up to 3 years.

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