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SCOTUS Reaffirms Rational Understanding Required for Executions

Madison v. Alabama provides clarity rather than makes new law. In this case the Supreme Court held 5-3 that the Eighth Amendment prohibits a person who lacks a “rational understanding” due to mental illness for why the death penalty has been imposed to be put to death regardless of what mental illness the person is suffering from.  

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Supreme Court Decides Civil Forfeiture Case Against States and Local Governments

Indiana sought to forfeit Tyson Timbs’ Land Rover which he used to transport heroin. The trial court concluded the forfeiture was unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause because the value of the vehicle well exceeded the maximum statutory fine for the felony Timbs plead guilty to.

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SCOTUS Rules Defendant is Intellectually Disabled (and Can't Be Executed)

In an unauthored opinion in Moore v. Texas II the Supreme Court concluded Bobby James Moore has intellectual disability. In Atkins v. Virginia (2002) the Supreme Court held that persons with intellectual disability can’t be executed.

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What Science Tells Us About Young Adults in the Justice System

Young adults are overrepresented in every stage of the criminal justice system. But why? Policymakers are turning to neuroscience to learn more about them.

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NCSL Resources on Issues of State Concern Raised During the State of the Union

President Donald Trump touched on a number of issues of significant interest to states during Tuesday's State of the Union address. Here are NCSL resources related to those issues. 

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SCOTUS Case: Statute of Limitations on Fabricated Evidence

The issue the Supreme Court will decide in McDonough v. Smith is whether the statute of limitations for a due process fabrication of evidence claim begins to run when the criminal proceedings terminate in the defendant’s favor, or when the defendant becomes aware of the tainted evidence and its improper use.

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New Tool Shows Data on Juvenile Status Offenses

In Principles in Effective Juvenile Justice Policy, a report developed by a bipartisan group of state legislators and published by NCSL last year, one of the key concepts is the importance of serving youth with effective, evidence-based services in their communities in order to promote public safety.
 

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The Controversy Over Gang Databases

As violent crime by young people has been declining, concern over an apparent rise in gang membership has led states and localities to rely on gang databases.

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Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Awaits President’s Signature

The U.S. House passed the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) on Dec. 13, as did the Senate two days before, sending the comprehensive reform legislation to the president’s desk.

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Baltimore Mayor, Former Maryland Senator Says State/Local Partnership is Crucial to Success of Jail Reform

Pugh sees the impact of state action over the past few decades in her city and emphasized that most individuals who are incarcerated return to our communities. She highlighted legislation that she worked on in her days at the legislature that has had a positive impact at the local level.

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