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Life After Prison

Posted in Crime on July 31, 2017

A prison sentence serves to punish the wrongdoer for his or her crimes, not to rehabilitate the individual or prepare him/her for life outside of cell walls. The justice system makes life after prison a dismal picture indeed. Most released inmates have no money, no vehicle, and no place to go. Many turn to petty…

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How Does Child Protective Services Work in Georgia?

Posted in Crime, Domestic Violence on July 26, 2017

The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), is the entity in charge of investigating child abuse allegations in Georgia. It also works with foster homes for placement of abused and neglected children, helps low-income families, and assists with childcare costs in troubled families. The DFCS has a centralized…

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An Overview of Criminal Appeals

Posted in Lawsuits on July 24, 2017

If a criminal trial ends in a not-guilty verdict, it’s typically the end of the case. The prosecution does not have the ability to appeal an acquittal. If, however, the defendant receives a guilty verdict, he or she may be able to file for a criminal appeal. A criminal appeal is when the convicted criminal…

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What is a public defender?

Posted in Crime, Lawsuits on July 21, 2017

The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution gives the Right to Counsel to all accused persons in criminal prosecutions. This means all defendants have the constitutional right to an attorney during criminal trials. If the accused cannot afford legal representation, the government must appoint one at no cost. The U.S. Supreme Court case Gideon…

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What Are Pardons?

Posted in Crime on July 19, 2017

A pardon is an order an executive of the government signs to forgive a convicted criminal for a particular crime. A pardon does not erase a conviction like record expungement – the conviction remains on the individual’s public record. However, the courts will no longer penalize the individual for the pardoned crime or restrict the…

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How Do Blood Alcohol Levels Work?

Posted in Crime on July 17, 2017

In most driving under the influence cases, the most incriminating evidence against the driver is the result of a blood alcohol test. A police officer will conduct a blood alcohol test at the scene of the traffic stop or shortly after detainment if he or she suspects the driver is legally drunk. An officer may…

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7 Actions that Qualify as Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Posted in Civil Rights, Crime on June 30, 2017

Protection from cruel and unusual punishment is a constitutional right. In addition to federal protections, state constitutions also prohibit cruel and unusual punishments. Georgia’s Constitution addresses the matter in Article I, Section I, Paragraph XVII. Although laws prohibit these punishments, they don’t define the acts that qualify. In general, cruel and unusual punishments include any…

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The Relationship Between Mental Health and Crime

Posted in Crime on June 28, 2017

Most people with mental health problems never commit a crime, but those who do rarely receive the help they need in the criminal justice system. According to some of the most recent widespread research on mental health and correctional facilities (back in the early 2000s), almost two-thirds of inmates experienced clinical mental health issues over…

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How Courts Evaluate Eyewitness Testimony

Posted in Lawsuits on June 26, 2017

In the justice system, eyewitness testimony plays an important role in the determination of guilt. Jurors trust the firsthand accounts of people who experienced the event, and lawyers love to use that trust. Unfortunately, human memory is imperfect and eyewitness testimony does not always provide the unquestionable proof people expect. Why Juries Trust Eyewitness Testimony…

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Comparing Juvenile and Adult Proceedings in Georgia

Posted in Crime, Lawsuits on June 23, 2017

Georgia’s juvenile justice system dates back to the early 1900s. Instead of trying children as adults, the system recognizes that children and teenagers think and act differently than fully developed adults. It is largely rehabilitative in nature rather than punitive and offers many protections and alternatives adult proceedings do not. Age and Juvenile Justice In…

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