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How Much Do Jails Cost? Probably More Than We Thought — Forty years of unrelenting growth in the U.S. prison population, now at about 1.5 million people, has led to annual estimated costs of more than $40 billion. But the growth in the jail population (731,200 in 2013), while less discussed, is no less impressive.

Kansas Lawmakers’ Budget Links Court Funding to Court Decisions — Judicial budget would self-destruct if any court blocks a 2014 law that gave local courts control over their own budgets Kansas legislators are threatening to eliminate funding for state courts if a judge strikes down a controversial law passed last year.

Copyright Restrictions Spark Disagreement Over ABA Database — The number of civil restrictions triggered by criminal convictions, the majority of which exclude ex-offenders from certain jobs, is so vast that it took the nation's largest organization of lawyers more than four years and $1.6 million to find them and put them in a database.

5 Things to Know About Collateral Consequences — Over the past 40 years, as the U.S. prison population grew from fewer than 400,000 inmates to about 1.5 million, states and the federal government enacted thousands of civil sanctions that are triggered by a criminal conviction.

For Americans Who Served Time, Landing a Job Proves Tricky — Hashim Lowndes's felony conviction for trafficking cocaine earned him three years in an Ohio prison. But there were other consequences for him: more than 500 of them, scattered throughout Ohio's laws. As a convicted drug felon, he wouldn't be able to vote, teach preschool, foster a child, operate a racetrack, cut hair, sit on a jury, provide hospice care, protect game, distribute bingo supplies, deal livestock, broker real...

New York Weighs Jurisdictional Rule for Foreign Firms — New York lawmakers are weighing a bill to make foreign companies submit to the jurisdiction of New York courts as a condition of doing business in the state, a position some lawyers say is at odds with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

What to Do If Your Expunged Record Won’t Disappear — If you discover that an employer or landlord has rejected your application based on criminal records that you had expunged, you have rights under a federal law called the Fair Credit Reporting Act. When declining housing or employment, the landlord or employer has to tell you whether the decision was based, in whole or in part, on a criminal background check, said Matthew A.

5 Things to Know About Background Checks and Expunged Records — In recent years, dozens of states have made it easier for people to conceal their brushes with the criminal justice system, broadening the scope of laws that allow for the expungement or sealing of criminal convictions and arrests. But consumer advocates say such efforts are sometimes hobbled by background-check companies that fail to delete criminal records.

Fight Grows to Stop Expunged Criminal Records Living On in Background Checks — Helen Stokes could no longer afford her three-bedroom house in Philadelphia on a fixed income, but her search for a subsidized apartment was haunted by an arrest record that legally didn't exist. Ms. Stokes, 63 years old, was arrested twice in 2008 and 2010 during rows with her now-estranged husband.

Baltimore Police Case Homes In on Knife Found in Arrest

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May 21, 2015

@AlexanderAbdo @csoghoian 11th Cir says it's a clerical error; the mandate will be re-issued presently

May 21, 2015

RT @bradheath: Interesting timing: New report today from #DOJ Inspector General on the FBI's use of FISA Section 215 orders.…

May 21, 2015

RT @radleybalko: Michigan's Rick Snyder is the latest Republican governor pushing criminal justice reform.…

May 21, 2015

How much do jails cost? Probably more than we thought, according to a new report by the @verainstitute…

May 20, 2015

6th Circuit says govt needed warrant to view sex offender's hacked laptop. (Private seach doctrine didn't apply)…

May 20, 2015

4 cancer charities accused of bilking donors to the tune of $187 million over 5 years via @cammcwhirter

May 20, 2015

RT @jenvalentino: Fixing a new problem with computer encryption is going to break thousands of sites. The dilemmas of security folks:

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