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The Supreme Court: No Cell-Phone Search Without Warrant

This morning, the Supreme Court ruled in Riley v. CA and U.S. v. Wurie, 9:0, that searching a cellular phone requires a warrant.  Chief Justice Robert’s Op. Ct. analyzed phone searches in

When is an Anti-Homelessness Ordinance Vague?

“You know those ducks in that lagoon right near Central Park South? That little lake? By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it

Cheap on Crime Now Available for Preorder

Great news! Cheap on Crime is now available to preorder on the University of California Press website or on Amazon.

State Budget 2014-2015

Just in the nick of time, the CA Legislature has approved the 2014-2014 state budget. The passed budget contains a few highlights pertinent to the criminal justice system, which can

Orange is the New Black, Second Season – Spoiler Alert

I’ve just finished viewing the recently-released new season of Orange is the New Black, which I had awaited with much anticipation since reading Piper Kerman’s book and the first season.

Cheap on Crime: Forthcoming Feb 2015!

Dear blog readers – I have good news to share: My book, Cheap on Crime: Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment, has entered the production stage at the

Correcting the Crack/Powder Cocaine Sentencing Disparity

Yesterday, SB 1010 passed in the California Senate, and it is on its way to the Assembly. The purpose of the bill is to eliminate all disparity between the sentences

Solitary Confinement Lawsuit Attains Class Action Status

The struggle against long-term solitary confinement in California continues! Months ago, we reported about the certification hearing for Ashker v. Brown, a lawsuit against solitary confinement. The most recent news

From Reproductive Crimes to the Prison Industrial Complex

This coming October, the Hastings Women’s Law Journal will hold a special symposium on family and reproduction in prison, which is incredibly timely. Several important stories from the last few years