*Cherie Correlli I. Introduction All over the United States, states are charging pregnant women with crimes under fetal protection laws and recognizing the fetus as a legal victim at a rapidly accelerating rate. Criminalization of pregnancy includes penalizing individuals for actions during their own pregnancies, enforcing laws that punish actions during pregnancy that would notContinue reading “Criminalization of Pregnancy”
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“Extraordinary and Compelling”: The Circuit Split Barrier to Compassionate Release Motions
*Kenneth Wyatt II I. What is “Extraordinary and Compelling”? For almost five decades, people incarcerated in federal prisons have faced barriers to early release from their sentences. However, in 2018, Congress passed the First Step Act (FSA). The FSA, among other things, amended the U.S. Code’s compassionate release statute, granting courts the ability to actContinue reading ““Extraordinary and Compelling”: The Circuit Split Barrier to Compassionate Release Motions”
Marijuana Expungement in Maryland: Ready for Reform?
*Natalie Murphy I. Introduction Maryland recently voted to legalize recreational cannabis after decades of political activism on the issue. However, legalization alone is not enough to fix the damage decades of racist cannabis enforcement imposed on Black Marylanders. An expungement provision in Maryland’s House Bill 837 (HB 837) seeks to recognize the unequal history ofContinue reading “Marijuana Expungement in Maryland: Ready for Reform?”
What’s Next for Forensic Genetic Genotyping in Maryland?
*Natalie Murphy I. Introduction In 2021, Maryland passed the world’s first law regulating the use of forensic genetic genealogy (FGG). Although this law constitutes a massive step towards safeguarding public privacy, broader criticisms of forensic science call attention to additional areas to monitor regarding Maryland’s FGG usage. Maryland’s FGG policies leave open questions regarding FourthContinue reading “What’s Next for Forensic Genetic Genotyping in Maryland?”
Local Media Coverage of “Innocence Isn’t Enough”
Several local TV stations covered the panel discussion “Innocence Isn’t Enough” sponsored by the Law Review and by the Center for Criminal Justice Reform. See here for the story that WBAL-TV did on the event.