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How Are State Governments Reforming Criminal Justice?

The goal of criminal justice reform is to reduce the numbers of Americans who are kept away from society and deprived of freedoms while simultaneously making sure we aren’t making people unsafe. Every year, about 650,000 people are released from prison. Within a year, two-thirds of them are unemployed. Two-thirds of them will be rearrested within three years. How do we end this loop of recidivism while preserving a safe society? Criminal Justice Reforms Between…
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Is There a Reliable Roadside Test for Marijuana Impairment?

There is no reliable roadside test to measure marijuana impairment. But police are trying to make one. Testing for THC In states like Colorado, there is a THC blood test that law enforcement uses to show “presumed” impairment. The test seeks delta-9-tetrahydrocannibol, also known as THC, in the blood. If a person has more than five nanograms of THC, under Colorado law a court or jury can infer that they are impaired. However, there is…
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Do I Have to Consent to a Search of My Vehicle in Texas?

In late July, two men in Texas were arrested after police discovered 56 pounds of marijuana and 38 pounds of liquid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the part of marijuana that gets you high) in their car. According to police, a state trooper saw the vehicle drive on an improved shoulder and stopped it for the offense. He then asked the driver to step out of the vehicle and sit in the patrol car. As the driver moved,…
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