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Justice Secretary confirms plans for ‘Helen’s Law’

The Justice Secretary David Gauke has announced plans for a new law, commonly referred to as ‘Helen’s Law’, which would enable the denial of parole for murderers who refuse to disclose the location of a victim’s body. 56 more words

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The trouble with being a crap gardener

In case you were wondering, committing a crime badly won’t save you from punishment.

In February 2019 a resident of Shepparton was found in possession of one mature cannabis plant, 17 small plants, a quantity of cannabis and cannabis growing material.  96 more words

American Injustice: Part 9 of 10

Based on the book Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice by Adam Benforado.
For more detailed information, read the book.

Technological Changes

More than a hundred years ago, the English writer G K Chesterton noted that “The horrible thing about all legal officials, even the best, about all judges, magistrates, detectives and policemen, is not that they are wicked (some of them are good), not that they are stupid (some of them are quite intelligent), it is simply that they have got used to it.” Our justice system is so familiar that we cannot see its true nature. 721 more words

Psychology

American Injustice: Part 8 of 10

Based on the book Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice by Adam Benforado.
For more detailed information, read the book.

Punishment Alternatives

It was at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1929 that punishment of prisoners was revolutionized from brutal physical punishments designed to inflict cruel suffering to solitary confinement where a prisoner could reflect, feel remorse and penitence (hence, penitentiary) and be rehabilitated. 1,048 more words

Psychology

Quick hits (part I)

1) Really interesting Atlantic piece on automotive safety. I was particularly intrigued to learn about speed limits:

The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that speed is a top risk factor in motor-vehicle crashes.

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Politics

Kamala Harris is not very far from Joe Biden

I know, there are some glaring differences. For one, Kamala Harris is a woman of color in her mid-fifties, and Joe Biden is a 70+ year old white man. 1,576 more words

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