Someone Tell Joe Biden – Marijuana Is Not a Gateway Drug

Biden believes that the jury is still out on the question of whether marijuana is a gateway to other illicit substances. But the truth of the matter is that marijuana is not a gateway substance -- and this has long been a matter of settled science. Democratic...

How Common Are Unlawful Arrests?

An unlawful arrest, otherwise known as a false arrest, is confusing, frantic, and downright unfortunate. For many, it’s nothing but a nightmare. We would all like to think that, by following the law, injustice does not affect us. The police, after all, are...

The Appeal Podcast: States Turn To Nitrogen Gas For Executions, Despite Serious Concerns

With Appeal staff reporter Lauren Gill Facing legal challenges and a shortage of drugs for lethal injections, Oklahoma was the first state to announce a plan to use nitrogen to execute prisoners on death row. Mississippi and Alabama soon followed, though none...

Public Defender Chesa Boudin Wins San Francisco DA Race In Major Victory For Progressive Prosecutor Movement

Son of incarcerated parents, backed by Black Lives Matter co-founders, Boudin will be the next DA of San Francisco. In a win for the progressive prosecutor movement, deputy public defender Chesa Boudin has declared victory over Interim District Attorney Suzy...

Deadlocked San Francisco District Attorney Race Shows Strength of Progressive Prosecutor Movement

Chesa Boudin is just 240 votes behind Suzy Loftus, even after local law enforcement spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to defeat him. The San Francisco district attorney race, a high-profile battle in a national movement to elect progressive prosecutors,...

The History of Bail in Connecticut

Bail is an important part of any country. It is an essential part of the criminal justice system of our country. Whenever you have a problem with the law and get arrested, you can bail out of jail until your trial starts. If you’re in the state, look into...

In Leaked Audio, Prosecutor Admits Locking People Up Is Not About Public Safety

“Hundreds of registered sex offenders will gather on Halloween to spend several hours under supervision in an effort to make the community feel safer,” reports Taylor Pettaway for the San Antonio Express-News. For the last decade, the probation department in...

Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg Releases Criminal Justice Reform Plan

The South Bend, Indiana, mayor says his plan—which includes cutting the incarcerated population by half—will "rebalance" a system that is "unfair and racist in many ways." Pete Buttigieg will cut the nation’s incarcerated population by 50 percent and invest in...

People In Prison Are Uniquely Vulnerable To Tainted Water

The Arizona Department of Corrections confirmed this week that water at the Douglas Prison, where more than 2,000 people are held, had a “noticeable petroleum odor and taste,” reported Jimmy Jenkins of KJZZ-FM. The prison had been supplied with water from a new...

The Federal Government Pursues An Execution That ‘Is Counter To The Cultural Beliefs And Traditions Of The Navajo People Who Value Life’

The federal government pursues an execution that ‘is counter to the cultural beliefs and traditions of the Navajo People who value life’ In July, the Department of Justice announced that Attorney General William Barr had ordered the federal Bureau of Prisons...
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