“Why this love affair in this country with lengthy incarceration, to our great embarrassment as a civilized nation?”
Would you confess to a crime you did not commit?
‘In the Closed Room’ is a documentary on the vital subject of false confessions.
The rivalry between the United States and China is not just a competition for economic or military supremacy, much more importantly it is a battle over ideas. The most significant of these ideas involves the question of how society ought to be fundamentally structured and to what extent the state can constrict a citizen’s liberty. It is a contest between two diametrically opposed ways of living.
Applied insights from cognitive and behavioral psychology aren’t limited to the disciplines of economics or law: those insights can also be applied to the field of medicine.
For example, a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that physicians who receive free meals from pharmaceutical representatives are more likely to prescribe those drugs promoted by the companies.
The use of data and predictive algorithms for calculating prison sentences for convicted felons is the latest in the criminal justice system. This practice has come to public attention thanks to a man named Eric L. Loomis.
In the study of physics, there is a fundamental law of nature called the second law of thermodynamics, also known as the law of entropy. Simply put, the law states that, as time goes on, the world around us naturally evolves into a state of higher disorder. Think about your desk at work.
It is an encouraging sign that the Department of Justice is finally starting to grasp the importance of sound science in the courtroom. On June 3rd, the department released its first set of rules regarding courtroom testimony that pertains to forensic science – particularly its reliability and the conclusions that can be drawn from it.
The botched sentencing of convicted rapist Brock Allen Turner proves just how unscientific and capricious the justice system is. Mr. Turner, a 20-year old Stanford University student who was also a star swimmer, received a six-month jail sentence after being found guilty of sexual-assault-a laughable short sentence considering the nature of the crime. The sentence has provoked a public backlash against the sentencing judge – Judge Aaron Persky of Santa Clara County Superior Court.
When it comes to the government’s obligation to turn over all relevant information to the defense in the process of discovery, the question is never whether or not the prosecution leaves material out, but how much they leave out. This was demonstrated again in the recent high profile case of Freddie Gray.
Our goal is to identify how and when the system breaks down and destroys the lives of innocent men and women as well as their families. In fact, the reason why we are so vigorous in our efforts to bring awareness to the many wrongful convictions that occur in this country is precisely because we know that there exist capable and honest lawyers who can make the system better. Diagnosing a disease is the first step to synthesizing a cure.