Similar crime, similar fact pattern, similar sentence?
It's pretty clear that just-exited President Barack Obama wants his legacy to contain more than a footnote regarding one discrete subject that he clearly takes an interest in.
Gale Griffin has long had a strong attraction for baking soda.
Seizure and arrest.
The above-posed headline in today's blog post is essentially rhetorical, given that our readers most assuredly know the answer to the question.
While health reform moves such as the Affordable Care Act have increased health care accessibility for Americans, it is still very possible for folks in Charlotte and other cities to slip through the cracks. Mentally ill people are especially vulnerable; for example, they may forget to renew health insurance or to even sign up for it in the first place. They may also skip payments or lose jobs that carry insurance, thus compromising their access. If someone you love has a mental illness, you may know all too well about self-medication and other reasons they could have become addicted.
Criminal sentencing and mandatory minimums have received massive attention from the media in recent years. From the atrocities being committed in the Philippines to the vacating of sentences issued for minor drug offenses in the United States, the way drug offenses are being viewed across the globe is rapidly changing. Every case is different and some cases are tragic.
Although today's post tangentially touches upon the recent fatal police shooting and connected aftermath in Charlotte that is currently commanding widespread national attention, it is more acutely focused on a peripheral subject that has progressively garnered increased attention across the country in recent years.
If you have been following our blog, you know that maintaining a clean criminal record is important if you are concerned about your future employment, educational opportunities and housing preferences. Basically, the three items on this list can impact all aspects of your life. Unfortunately, it's not only the presence of felonies that can limit your options. Having misdemeanors on your file can also restrict your freedom of choice.
At some future date, students in North Carolina and nationally immersed in historical details regarding the country's criminal justice system might be flatly perplexed by this huge irony: For decades, the prevalent view that locking people up at progressively higher levels and for increasingly longer prison terms would reduce crime actually spawned the opposite result.