Criminal Justice

Probation Violation Reform Is Now Law

Often referred to by defendants (without irony) as “getting violated” the old hair-trigger violation threshold of the Rhode Island criminal justice system is now a thing of the past. According to R.I.’s Future, as of last Saturday a law sponsored in the Senate by Senators Perry, Levesque, Miller, Metts, and Sosnoski, and in the House

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Press Conference Today Re: Arizona Problemo And May Day

A press conference will be held this afternoon to announce plans for a May 1st demonstration and to denounce the recent legislation in Arizona. On Tuesday, April 27 at 3pm in the State House Rotunda people affected by the economic crisis, the attacks on immigrants and workers’ rights across the board, and the dismantling of

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Former Attorney General Jim O’Neil Urges Reform Of Probation Laws

Former Attorney General Jim O’Neil has come out in strong support of reforming the state’s probation rules — the very rules he put in place when he was in office. The Senate hearing on Sen Perry’s probation reform bill is today. (I’m the House sponsor.) Former Attorney General Joins Supporters of Probation Reform Legislation Urges

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Hearing Today: Count Prisoners In Their Neighborhoods

This is by Bruce Reilly, via RIFuture: A hearing will be held tomorrow in the House Judiciary Committee at 4pm to weigh the current practice of counting prisoners as residents of Cranston, thereby artificially adding people to House Districts 15 and 16, and Senate District 27.  Being a Census year, the General Assembly will be

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Schwarzenegger: Hasta La Vista to Exploding Prison Budgets

By Bruce Reilly: In this time of fiscal crisis the governor has announced that he will push for a constitutional amendment prohibiting the percentage of the state budget earmarked for prisons from exceeding what is set aside for its public university system. “Choosing universities over prisons,” Mr. Schwarzenegger said in his final annual address to the

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Press Conference To Call For Override Of Probation Reform Veto

Short on time, so I’m just plopping down the press release. Would be wonderful if anybody cared to join us: Press Conference Wednesday, December 16 at Statehouse, 3pm Domestic Violence Victim Asks General Assembly to Override Governor’s Veto and Pass Probation & Innocence Bill On Wednesday there will be a press conference to ask the

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