The Benefits of Releasing Inmates Who Shouldn’t Be in Jail

To conspiracy theorists and fans of the paranormal, the Philadelphia Experiment was an effort by the U.S. Navy during World War II that went terribly wrong. Instead of a newly constructed destroyer disappearing from radar, the ship located off the Philadelphia Navy yard vanished entirely, was teleported off Virginia, then back to Philadelphia, leaving some sailors seriously burned and injured. This never actually happened, but there’s a real life experiment in Philadelphia that deserves the attention of those who care about society and the criminal justice system. There are too […]


You Leave a Trail of DNA Wherever You Go. What Happens If It’s Found on a Murder Victim?

DNA evidence is considered by some to be the gold standard for criminal cases. DNA is the unique, genetic information each one of us carries. But we not only carry it, we shed it with our hair, sweat or dead skin. If one person gets it from you, it can pass to an object or another person. A California murder case discussed by the Marshall Project illustrates the problem. Lukis Anderson was in custody for six months before being released, held on suspicion of taking part of a break-in and […]


What You Can Do to End Child Abuse

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It’s something everyone should be aware of at all times. If you witness a child being abused, you’re not powerless. You may see it happening and know it’s wrong, but may be conflicted about what you should do. Is the perpetrator a friend? Family member? Stranger? What should you do if you’re the one abusing a child? It’s common for people witnessing someone being abused to just turn away and keep on walking. An experiment in a public park involved the staged abuse of […]


Wrongful Convictions Leave Perpetrators on the Street

When you see the news of someone being released from jail after being wrongfully convicted, it’s only natural to sympathize with the person. He or she may have been imprisoned for years, perhaps decades — time that’s lost forever. Maybe what we should also consider is the fact that the person who actually committed the crime may still be out in society committing more crimes. The Marshall Project tells the story of Jennifer Thompson who was sexually assaulted in 1984. She later picked Ronald Cotton out of a police lineup, […]


Junk Science Sends Innocent People to Jail

We’d like to think that if a Kentucky jury convicts a defendant it’s because of the facts of the case (backed by cold, hard science) and the verdict was fairly decided by its members. Though that may be the hope, the reality is that sometimes juries rely on theories, labelled as science but often long debunked, which end up putting someone behind bars. Exhibit A for this problem is shaken baby syndrome (SBS). SBS became a popular diagnosis in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Forensic pathologists and child advocates […]


Is Compassion Is Too Much to Ask from the Federal Prison System?

“Compassionate release” is a way for disabled or terminally ill federal prison inmates in Kentucky, who no longer pose a potential threat to society, to be released to spend their remaining days outside prison walls. Despite the higher costs of medically treating these people and the fact many prisons are over-crowded, this kind of release is rarely used, according to the Marshall Foundation. Congress created the compassionate release process to free certain inmates, including those who are terminally ill, from federal incarceration if it’s “inequitable” to keep them in prison […]


Kentucky Expungement Lawyer

The burden is on the prosecution to prove a defendant has committed that crime. Part of their obligation is also being upfront and honest about the circumstances that led to the arrest. If that doesn’t happen, Kentucky criminal defendants’ legal rights may be violated. These violations could justify having charges dismissed. Branches of America’s federal law enforcement and intelligence services may be secretly helping state and local police arrest suspects in ways that raise fundamental questions about defendants’ civil and due process rights, according to a recent Human Rights Watch […]


Americans are known as being for “law and order,” but we understand that locking people up and throwing away the key isn’t the solution in most cases. Kentucky and the country would benefit from approaching the issue of law enforcement in terms of drug abuse and mental health treatment and rehabilitation for those convicted of non-violent crimes. This view is popular among the U.S. population, according to results of a new survey by Zogby Associations for the MacArthur Foundation. Nearly 60% of respondents said rehabilitation or treatment is the most […]