Change in Criminal Law Contributes to Rise in California Crime

By Christopher Zoukis In November 2014, California voters approved Proposition 47, a ballot initiative which reduced criminal sentences for many comparatively minor drug or property offenses. Proposition 47 was part of a broad-scale revision of California’s criminal law system, which started in 2011 with public safety realignment, the state’s response to a federal court order […]

Read More


Lawsuit Results in Better Visitation Policies in Philadelphia Federal Detention Center

By Christopher Zoukis The Federal Detention Center (FDC) in downtown Philadelphia on April 30 changed its policies on who can visit inmates being held there while awaiting trial or sentencing. Since July 2016, the facility had refused to allow those those inmates to receive visits from anyone who is not an immediate member of their […]

Read More