December 20, 2013
by Bradley McAllister
President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight inmates currently serving lengthly prison terms for crack cocaine offenses, citing the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (FSA). The FSA reduced significant disparities in convictions of drug offenses related to crack cocaine and powder ...[read more]
September 9, 2013
by Max Slater
Myanmar's parliament will draft a bill that forms groups to monitor court proceedings, a lawmaker said Saturday. Thura Aung Ko, the Lower House Judicial Affairs Committee chairman, said that the purpose of the court monitoring bill was to crack down on corruption in Myanmar's judicial system, and ...[read more]
July 22, 2013
by Sean Gallagher
In the early 20th century, the US military faced a new challenge with the increased use of radio technology for military operations. Cryptology, the study of codes and how to crack them, emerged as an important tool for military intelligence. It was for this reason that during World War I, the US ...[read more]
May 19, 2013
by Endia Vereen
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Friday ruled that people convicted of crack cocaine offenses have a right to resentencing hearings under the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA). The case was brought by two incarcerated defendants seeking retroactive relief from racially discriminatory, 10- ...[read more]
May 8, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged the Egyptian government on Wednesday to ensure that a draft law on civil society organizations does not give authorities the ability to crack down on such groups. Pillay expressed concern that if the law places significant constraints on ...[read more]
March 28, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
Russia, pursuant to its attempt to crack down on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) within its borders, on Wednesday raided the Moscow headquarters of Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Transparency International. The most recent seizure came two days after the government raided the local office of ...[read more]
March 11, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On March 11, 2012, 55% of voters in a national Switzerland referendum agreed to increase fines for public protesters who demonstrated without government authorization. After passage of the referendum, a fine of 100,000 Swiss Francs would be imposed on anyone who protested without government ...[read more]
February 1, 2013
by Michael Muha
JURIST Guest Columnist Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), a California State Senator celebrates his state's ban on reparative therapy, and decries a court's injunction to halt implementation of the measure...Consider a medical treatment for minors that caused children to experience depression, guilt, self- ...[read more]
December 8, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
The Emirates Centre for Human Rights (ECHR) claimed Thursday that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has arrested an 18-year-old blogger as part of a wider effort to crack down on perceived government opposition. The ECHR claims that UAE security forces searched the home of Mohamed Salem al-Zumer and ...[read more]
November 1, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On November 1, 2011, the US Sentencing Commission (USSC) released new guidelines that reduced federal minimum sentencing guidelines for those convicted on charges related to crack cocaine. These new guidelines reduced the sentences of 12,000 inmates and were intended to address the overcrowded ...[read more]

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