Crime and Law

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Background Checks for Alcohol

Our policies and intuitions when it comes to policing guns and alcohol appear inconsistent. Are there justifications we can give?
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The Ethics of Policing Algorithms

The use of predictive policing asks us to consider what it might mean to police better and smarter.
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Bill Cosby and Rape Culture

The message sent by the Cosby saga is one we can ill-afford to let go unchallenged.
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Conservatorships and the Problem of Possessing People

The relationship between guardians and their charges raises important questions; representing the interests of others is often fraught with peril.
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Revenge Porn, Public Interest, and Free Speech

In what circumstances could revenge porn ever be considered protected speech?
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Creation, Destruction, and the Ethics of “Murderabelia”

Does the state have a compelling interest in stifling some individuals' freedom of expression?
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Re-Examining Scared Straight Programs

Mounting evidence questions the efficacy of disciplinary programs and the balancing of child and parental rights.
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Automation in the Courtroom: On Algorithms Predicting Crime

The justice system's growing reliance on artificial intelligence threatens to remove human sensibility from sentencing.
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Justice for All?: William Kelly and Kyle Rittenhouse

Should departments really be in the business of policing their officers' off-duty behavior?
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Qualified Immunity: An Unqualified Disaster?

Can the lengths the law goes to hide institutional actors from public accountability be morally justified?