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Posted by Shelly Twining on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 15:39

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation issued the State Prison Health Care Spending report. In the report, it states that state prisoner health care costs almost $8 billion annually and this amount has been declining. However,  with the the increase of prisoner population aging, this figure will increase.  To read the full report, click here: State Prison Health Care Spending Report July 2014.

Posted by Shelly Twining on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 15:39

On June 25, 2014, in the case Riley v. California, Case No. 13-132, the Supreme Court held that the search incident to arrest exception to the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement does not extend to searches of data stored on an arrestee’s cell phone.  Absent exigent circumstances, a warrant is required to search the contents of an arrestee’s cell phone. Click here to read the full opinion.   To view more of the Supreme Court's opinions, go to Law - Case Law - US Supreme Court in our...

Posted by Shelly Twining on Friday, May 23, 2014 - 12:34

On May 12, 2014, the Deputy Attorney General released a Memorandum to all of their agencies regarding Policy Concerning Electronic Recording of Statements. The policy presumes that the FBI, DEA, ATF, and USM will electronically record statements made by individuals in their custody. The policy details the different circumstances for electronically recording statements including presumption of recordings, exceptions to the presumption, extraterritorially, administrative issues, This policy shall take effect July 11, 2014. To read the full Memorandum,...

Posted by Shelly Twining on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 10:25

The Constitution Project just released a report entitled "Irreversible Error," which contains proposed reforms for the implementation of capital punishment in America. Some of its recommendations for a more just implementation of the death penalty include steps that are not being followed in Ohio at the present time.  To view the full report, go to Resources - Additional Resources in our navigation bar above.