In 2014, the Bureau of Justice (BJS) conducted a study regarding white-collar crimes and their handling in various jurisdictions. However, what precisely classifies as a “white-collar crime” is rather abstract. For the sake of this study, the BJS defines it as: “Any violation of law committed through non-violent means, involving lies, omissions, deceit, misrepresentation, or…

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Brain Scan Evidence in Criminal Sentences Does Information About the Brain of a Defendant Help or Hurt in Criminal Sentencing? A Fascinating Experiment Gives Us the Answer  Creative criminal defense attorneys are now using brain evidence more frequently in criminal sentencing throughout the U.S. Brain scan data, such as that taken from an MRI or…

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miller and montgomery ,Sentencing for Juveniles

Are juvenile offenders constitutionally different from adult offenders? In dealing with the issue of sentencing for juveniles, the United States Supreme Court answered that question in the affirmative in two landmark decisions. In 2012, the Supreme Court decided Miller v. Alabama, which held that imposing a mandatory life without parole sentence for a juvenile offender…

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Sentencing Objectives

We get hit, and we hit back. It is a primal instinctual reaction. It is a fundamental part of being human. Yet, what does that reaction signify? Most likely, we don’t think deeply about it. Indeed, in the moment, the reaction is sudden, immediate, and done without contemplation. Sentencing Objectives Built Into Our Instinct of…

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