The Elimination of Cash Bail in Illinois

By: Caroline Brady             The Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution asserts that “excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”[1] The Constitution does not require bail but mandates that when bail is given, it cannot be excessive.[2] The Supreme Court held that bail is excessive when it is set at … Continue reading The Elimination of Cash Bail in Illinois

Prison Labor or Modern-Day Slavery?

 By: Payton Ward   Introduction             In a country incarcerating nearly 1.9 million people,[1] 61% of inmates have work assignments[2] and “have been stripped of even the most minimal protections against labor exploitation and abuse.”[3] Oftentimes, prison workers are assigned to work under dangerous conditions and generate billions of dollars worth of goods, with little to no pay.[4] If they … Continue reading Prison Labor or Modern-Day Slavery?

A Brief History of the National Welfare Rights Organization

By Liza Garrity “Society needs women on welfare as “examples” to let every woman, factory workers and housewife workers alike, know what will happen if she lets up, if she’s laid off, if she tries to go it alone without a man. So these ladies stay on their feet or on their knees all their lives instead of asking why they’re only getting 90-some cents … Continue reading A Brief History of the National Welfare Rights Organization

Coercive Control: The Cost of Criminalization

By Hope Wilder Each minute, 20 people[1] experience physical abuse by an intimate partner[2] in the United States.[3] Over one-third of women and near one-third of men have experienced physical violence, sexual violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.[4] Further, nearly 50% of women and men have experienced psychological aggression[5] at the hands of an intimate partner.[6] Coercive control is the cyclical pattern of behavior … Continue reading Coercive Control: The Cost of Criminalization

Broadcasting Court Proceedings – A New Perspective

By Molly Calo Roughly 34% of podcast listeners listen to true crime podcasts.[1] True crime podcasts make up, on average, one fourth of the top 300 podcasts.[2] One of the top ten television shows in the United States on Netflix is labeled “true crime”.[3] Netflix has both “Crime Docuseries,” “Courtroom Documentaries,” “Binge-worthy True Crime TV Shows,”  and “True Crime Docuseries” categories for customers to search … Continue reading Broadcasting Court Proceedings – A New Perspective

A World Created by Fear

By Victoria Hagerott Many comparisons can be made between the United States’ reactions to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Throughout history, the United States has continually violated civil liberty in the name of national security. Understanding how the United States may react to future threats is crucial to protecting civil rights. Pearl Harbor started the United States’ involvement in the most significant and deadliest war in … Continue reading A World Created by Fear

Criminalizing Communities: The Inherent Problem with the “High-Crime Area” Factor in Fourth Amendment Analysis

By Nick Kaye The Rise of the “High-Crime Area” Factor In Illinois v. Wardlow, the United States Supreme Court held that an individual’s mere presence in a “high-crime area” is a significant factor in determining whether an investigative detention, commonly known as a “Terry stop” or “stop and frisk,” is constitutional under the Fourth Amendment.[1] Specifically, the Court held that presence in a “high-crime area,” … Continue reading Criminalizing Communities: The Inherent Problem with the “High-Crime Area” Factor in Fourth Amendment Analysis

Chemically Convicted: An Overlooked Violation of the Eighth Amendment

By: Sarah Gokelman   In March of this year, a man in Louisiana was convicted of sexual offenses against a juvenile.[1] His prison sentence of 35 years was accompanied by conditions you might expect for such an offense–sex offender registration, no contact with the victims involved, etc.[2] But one of these conditions may surprise you. Upon his release from prison, Ryan Clark will be required … Continue reading Chemically Convicted: An Overlooked Violation of the Eighth Amendment

The Fight For Religious Reproductive Rights: Satanic Law

By: Jack Ellis Two trends in American jurisprudence stand poised to collide: The rise in religious exemptions from our laws[1], and the encroaching restrictions on reproductive rights[2]. The cage match where these two conservative legal aims will come head to head may have an unlikely referee, Satan. The Satanic Temple is a non-theistic religion with 46 American congregations and over 700,000 members (which places it … Continue reading The Fight For Religious Reproductive Rights: Satanic Law

Our Flag Means Discrimination: The Rise of State Flag Referendums

    By: Tucker Weiser Recent protests across the United States have brought with them a reckoning on symbols. From statutes in town centers, to our nation’s founding fathers, the discussion on what or who constitutes “America” has been filled with controversy and gained constant national attention. One aspect of the reckoning on our symbols has gained very little attention, but could be one of … Continue reading Our Flag Means Discrimination: The Rise of State Flag Referendums