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The New York Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy organizations have challenged the federal government’s practice of detaining immigrants for months without bond before their immigration hearings, alleging in a proposed class action in Manhattan federal court on Thursday that the prolonged detention violates New Yorkers’ constitutional rights.
New York is turning heads with a first-of-its-kind commission tasked with investigating prosecutorial misconduct. All eyes are on the Empire State to see if the watchdog will survive a lawsuit by district attorneys and, if so, become an effective check on the justice system.
A long-simmering struggle over whether and how to reform not only the federal prison system but also sentencing laws could boil up into a major conflict this month in Congress.
Should a nonunanimous jury be capable of sentencing a defendant to life in prison? Should the repeal of a criminal law be retroactive? Here, Law360 looks at those ballot questions and other proposed criminal justice reforms going before voters on Tuesday.
It would be easy for Valentino Dixon to harbor animosity and anger after being wrongly imprisoned for 27 years. But instead he wants to take that experience and use it to teach society about the abuses of the prison system and sentencing reform.