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DOJ Backing Away from Oversight of Police Departments with Consent Decrees

April 28, 2017

Some police departments throughout the United States have been accused of not respecting the civil rights of community members. In particular, there have been specific police departments which have been found to violate people's rights and some of these departments have agreed to reforms. The Department of Justice sued certain departments, for example, and consent decrees were created to resolve the cases by ensuring that police departments would make agreed-upon changes.

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Efforts are Underway in New York City to Make Revenge Porn a Crime

April 26, 2017

A New York City federal sex crime defense attorney can defend individuals accused of various types of sexual offenses. There are many different kinds of behaviors that could result in criminal charges and it is important to know what the law allows and what it prohibits so you can avoid inadvertently violating the law and facing serious criminal charges. Knowing the law also means being aware of new regulations that criminalize sexual conduct.

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NY Considers Wider DNA Net to Help Solve Hard Cases

April 21, 2017

DNA has been used to help police track down individuals who allegedly violated the law. When crimes are committed, the perpetrator often leaves skin, blood, or other genetic material at the crime scene that police can use to find the perpetrator's DNA. A large database of ex-offenders is then searched in order to find out if the DNA from the crime scene matches anyone in the database.

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Will Rikers Island Close?

April 14, 2017

When you have been accused of violating the law, one of the big reasons it is so important to work with skilled Albany criminal defense attorneys is because conviction for many criminal offenses could potentially result in you being forced to serve jail time. Incarceration can take you away from your work and family. This is not the worst part about being in jail, though, Tragically, conditions in many jails are sub-par and the rights of people who are incarcerated are not being protected as they should be.

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Is It Constitutional to Ban Sex Offenders From Social Media?

April 12, 2017

In 2010, a man posted on Facebook after his traffic ticket was dismissed. His post said, “God is good.” While many millions of people post similarly innocuous statements on Facebook every day, this post was different. It was different because the man who posted it had been convicted of a sex offense for taking liberties with a minor when he was a college student. He'd been given a suspended sentence and had to register as a sex offender.

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Is this U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Sex Offenders Based on a Myth?

March 31, 2017

Hundreds of court decisions in the United States rely on the premise that there is a “frightening and high” rate of recidivism among sexual offenders. Both lower court decisions and Supreme Court cases have used this basic premise to allow legislatures to pass laws that “effectively banish registered sex offenders from many aspects of everyday life,” according to the New York Times.  

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NY Lawmakers Propose Domestic Violence Registry

March 27, 2017

One of the most significant penalties that results after a conviction for a sex offense is a requirement to register as an offender. Registration impacts job opportunities, affects where a person can live, and can impact all future relationships.

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“Raise the Age” Campaign Moves Closer to Success

March 22, 2017

New York is one of only two states which has a practice of charging younger teens as adults when those teens break the law. In New York, teens ages 16 and 17 who are accused of crimes will be charged as adults by default, rather than having their cases adjudicated in family court where there is a stronger focus on rehabilitation. 

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