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THE NEW JERSEY NO EARLY RELEASE ACT

ABOUT THE NO EARLY RELEASE ACT IN NEW JERSEY New Jersey’s No Early Release Act has been in place for more than 15 years. Signed by then Governor Christine Todd Whitman in 1997, the law mandates that anyone who has been convicted of a first or second degree criminal offense that meets the definitio...

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THE RACKETEER INFLUENCED AND CORRUPT ORGANIZATIONS ACT (RICO)

UNDERSTANDING RICO The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act is a federal statute enacted in 1970 that includes sanctions and extended sentences, as well as civil remedies, against persons convicted of performing or participating and activities that were part of an ongoing criminal orga...

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THE NEW JERSEY EXPUNGEMENT LAW

EXPUNGING A CRIMINAL RECORD IN NEW JERSEY We all make mistakes. Unfortunately, when a mistake leads to a criminal charge or even a conviction, that mistake can haunt you for years, making it difficult to get the job you want, affecting your ability to live certain places, and even limiting your acce...

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JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CENSURES POLICE DEPARTMENTS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GIVES THEM WEAPONS

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CHASTISES POLICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, BUT PROVIDES THEM WITH MILITARY WEAPONS It appears that communication remains a problem within the federal government, as attested to by the existence of a Department of Defense program that allows local police departments to apply for...

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FLORIDA FIRES 32 GUARDS AFTER INMATE DEATHS

INMATE DEATHS LEAD TO INVESTIGATION—32 GUARDS FIRED In the wake of inmate deaths at seven prisons in Florida, the state’s Department of Corrections has conducted an investigation and terminated 32 guards. Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews told reporters that those terminated had ...

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POLICE OFFICERS RECEIVE SPECIAL TRAINING FOR WORKING WITH MENTALLY ILL SUSPECTS

POLICE GET SPECIALIZED TRAINING FOR DEALING WITH MENTALLY ILL SUSPECTS In light of increasing incidences of run-ins with mentally ill or unstable suspects, police departments across the country are setting up training for their officers to provide them with strategies for dealing with mentally ill p...

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FEDERAL PRISON POPULATION DOWN

FEDERAL POLICY CHANGES LEAD TO REDUCTION IN PRISON POPULATION Pointing to efforts to reduce mandatory sentences for non-violent offenders, as well at the impact of the Fair Sentencing Act, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced last month that officials expect a decline of 12,000 inmates in the...

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PSYCHOLOGISTS WANT TO ADDRESS UNCONSCIOUS RACIAL BIAS

PSYCHOLOGISTS LOOK FOR WAYS TO ADDRESS UNCONSCIOUS RACIAL BIAS We all make judgments based on racial stereotypes, even when we work hard to pay attention to our actions. Psychologists content that it’s most often a subconscious act, the product of years of socialization and training, from parents ...

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RECENT SUCCESSFUL CASES

Won trial in Monmouth County Superior Court – 1st degree sexual assault & 2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child. September 2014 Won in Re: A.B. right of the defense to inspect the scene of the alleged crime in complainant’s residence. September 2014 ...

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MASS SHOOTINGS CONTINUE TO ESCALATE

MASS SHOOTINGS ON THE RISE In a recent study, looking at statistics from 2000 through 2013, the FBI found that the number of mass shootings in the latter years of the study nearly tripled the number of similar incidents in the early years. The report found 160 mass shootings during the 14 years stud...

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