Obama Bans Solitary Confinement of Juveniles in Federal Prisons

  • Obama Bans Solitary Confinement of Juveniles in Federal Prisons

    On behalf of Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. posted in on 28, Jan, 2016

    President Obama on Monday banned the practice of holding juveniles in solitary confinement in federal prisons, saying it could lead to “devastating, lasting psychological consequences.” The move, which Mr. Obama outlined in an op-ed article published by The Washington Post on Monday night, adds the weight of the federal government to a growing movement among […]

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  • U.S. judges see ‘epidemic’ of prosecutorial misconduct in state

    On behalf of Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. posted in on 06, Jan, 2016

    The hearing seemed largely routine until a state prosecutor approached the lectern. Deputy Atty. Gen. Kevin R. Vienna was there to urge three judges on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold murder convictions against Johnny Baca for two 1995 killings in Riverside County. Other courts had already determined that prosecutors had presented […]

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  • Justice Department shut down a huge asset forfeiture program

    On behalf of Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. posted in on 06, Jan, 2016

    The Department of Justice announced this week that it’s suspending a controversial program that allows local police departments to keep a large portion of assets seized from citizens under federal law and funnel it into their own coffers.  The “equitable-sharing” program gives police the option of prosecuting asset forfeiture cases under federal instead of state law. Federal […]

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  • Cash bail system under attack as unconstitutional

    On behalf of Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. posted in on 06, Jan, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO — Crystal Patterson didn’t have the cash or assets to post $150,000 bail and get out of jail after her arrest on an assault charge in October.  So Patterson, 39, promised to pay a bail bonds company $15,000 plus interest to put up the $150,000 bail for her, allowing her to go home […]

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