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Solitary confinement practices increasingly under fire

The criminal justice system is meant to operate under the assumption of certain principles designed to both protect the public from harm and to respect the rights of anyone accused or convicted by the system. Those who are forced to mount a criminal defense are supposed to be given access to due process and equal protection under the law. In addition, those who are convicted are supposed to be treated in ways that are neither cruel nor unusual.

Concerns mount as private labs process Colorado blood tests

Earlier this month, we began discussing some of the broad practical implications of the recent Colorado state crime lab scandal. We noted that when one element of the criminal justice system broadly or the ability of citizen’s to mount a full and fair criminal defense specifically is questioned, society rightly begins to question every other element of the system. If the integrity of the system is questioned, it can be difficult for society to believe firmly that the system will regularly produce just results.

Law enforcement can access your utilities information

We have previously written about how the criminal justice system ultimately seeks to balance public safety with the rights of those who are accused of criminal wrongdoing. In an attempt to facilitate that balance, legislators and judges often grant law enforcement access to certain kinds of information. Unfortunately, some of this access certainly seems to constitute a serious invasion of privacy.

Broad implications of the Colorado crime lab scandal

Last spring, the integrity of the Colorado criminal justice system was called into question after hundreds of human blood and tissue samples were handled improperly by a state crime lab employee. Last month, it became clear that thousands of additional samples may have been affected in a new state crime lab scandal.

New Colorado law aims to help right wrongful convictions

Nothing can make up for time lost behind bars for a person who has been wrongfully convicted of a crime. Freedom, the opportunity to spend time with loved ones and the chance to live life as one dreams to cannot be adequately compensated for once taken away. However, Colorado legislators are attempting to bring some measure of financial justice to those who have faced the horror of wrongful imprisonment. Even if monetary recourse can never fully right this wrong, at least it can help to provide some measure of financial security in the individual’s transition between imprisonment and freedom.

Supreme Court rulings make conviction challenges easier

Though the criminal justice system is constructed in such a way that innocent persons are most often acquitted or otherwise released from their initial charges, sometimes individuals who have committed no wrongdoing are convicted of criminal activity. In addition, sometimes individuals who have committed criminal acts but who should not have been convicted due to improper evidence gathering and other various problematic contributory factors are wrongfully convicted as well.

More could be forced to submit DNA samples under proposed law

People who are charged with felonies in Colorado are required to submit a DNA sample. Lawmakers are now looking to expand that to people convicted of misdemeanors. Those in favor of such a law say it could help solve cold cases. However, some question the constitutionality of this proposed law.

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