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Over Zoom and In-Person, Prosecution is Criminally Inefficient

In the good ol’ days before the pandemic, what may have felt like efficiency in the criminal legal system was really just the whirring machinery of the New Jim Crow. We should care about the efficiency of the criminal legal system. But we must define it appropriately. Does each hour and dollar we invest in it do all that it can to repair harm, help individuals thrive, and build strong communities?

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. This week, President Biden forms a panel to study Supreme Court reform, Maryland establishes a multitude of police reform measures, and California’s COVID-19 related restrictions are once again struck down by the Supreme Court. 

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Rejecting the Myth of Amateurism Beyond NCAA v. Alston

At the center of the case is the sustainability of the NCAA’s vision of “amateurism” in the face of growing profits, coaches’ salaries, and public skepticism. But amateurism—the belief that sports is part of a students’ educational experience which would be undermined by the pursuit of profit— has been a tool for racist and classist exploitation since its inception.

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. This week, evictions are continuing despite the federal moratorium, Virginia bans the “gay/trans panic” defense, President Biden announces his first slate of judicial nominees, and the second week of the trial of Derek Chauvin begins. 

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This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Pressure builds to push the Biden Administration to address the overcrowding and harsh conditions in federal detention facilities; the Supreme Court will review a Boston federal appeals court decision vacating...

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Wave of Anti-Trans Legislation Threatens Kids Nationwide

Across the country, Republican state legislators have introduced bills that would enshrine discrimination against trans student athletes. But the bills have an even larger goal and impact: telling trans people, and in particular trans kids, that they don’t belong....

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2021 Ames Moot Court Finals Live Blog

Welcome to the 2021 Ames Final – the first Ames Final to be conducted in a virtual setting. Live coverage begins at 5:00pm EST The following information is courtesy of the HLS BSAs.  You can see all of tonight’s information, including copies of the briefs, here. The...

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Pleas Are Out of Control. The Fix? Put Communities Back Where They Belong

Community Plea Proposal Panels move review by a jury of one’s peers to the most critical phase in the modern criminal adjudication process. They would empower communities that best know the harms caused by crime and the effects of criminal sentences, rather than prosecutors, to craft the disposition in most criminal cases.

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