The Legality and Ethics of Court-Ordered Defendant Vaccination

*Samantha Laulis I. Introduction As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, concern regarding vaccination rates continues increasing.[1] The Delta variant has raised additional concerns about community spread and underscored the importance of vaccination.[2] As a result, many employers, universities, and private businesses now mandate vaccines for in-person return.[3] However, the vaccine mandates continue to generate considerable debateContinue reading “The Legality and Ethics of Court-Ordered Defendant Vaccination”

ALEC’s Turnaround and Hope for Reducing Criminal Punishments in Maryland.

*Andrew J. Loewen I. Everyone Agrees the Criminal Justice System Needs Reform. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)  wants to reform the criminal justice system.[1]  On the heels of numerous high-profile police killings and resultant uprisings in the past eight years,[2] prison abolitionists are also demanding changes to the criminal justice system.[3]  In Maryland, theirContinue reading “ALEC’s Turnaround and Hope for Reducing Criminal Punishments in Maryland.”

Should We Beware of “Ban-the-Box” Laws?

*Catalina Habeych Recidivism rates in the United States are some of the highest in the world.  See Christina Sterbenz, Why Norway’s Prison System Is So Successful, Bus. Insider (Dec. 11, 2014, 1:31 PM),  Persons with a criminal history face high unemployment rates, which lead to higher recidivism rates based on various studies.  Sachi Barreiro,Continue reading “Should We Beware of “Ban-the-Box” Laws?”