January 26, 2023 11:25 am

Louisiana Keeps Over a Quarter of Inmates Detained Past Their Release Dates, DOJ Investigation Finds

“There is an obligation both to incarcerated persons and the taxpayers not to keep someone incarcerated for longer than they should be,” a Louisiana district attorney said. “Timely release is not only a legal obligation, but arguably of equal importance, a moral obligation.”

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January 23, 2023 1:25 pm

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Wrongfully Jailed Children for Months, New Lawsuit Alleges

“Sometimes I even feel like they wanted me in there, because I was in there so long,” said one 18-year-old who was wrongfully incarcerated for 166 days.

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January 19, 2023 11:40 am

North Dakota Legislators Consider Bill To Ban ‘Sexually Explicit’ Material From Public Libraries

“If you don’t like a book, don’t read it. The First Amendment’s guarantee of the freedom of speech and the right to access information has created a beautiful marketplace of ideas in our country,” said one ACLU representative opposing the bill.

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January 19, 2023 6:30 am

Inside the CDC’s Campaign To Police COVID Speech

Plus: FOSTA in court, challenges to Illinois’ assault weapon ban, and more…

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January 18, 2023 7:46 am

Appeals Court Panel Seems Skeptical That FOSTA Doesn’t Violate the First Amendment

The 2018 law criminalizes websites that “promote or facilitate” prostitution. Two of three judges on the panel pushed back against government claims that this doesn’t criminalize speech.

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January 17, 2023 2:10 pm

Yet Another Shady, Hypocritical Document Hoarder

Plus: The editors field a listener question on college admissions and affirmative action.

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January 4, 2023 10:36 am

An Arizona Prison Is Requiring Inductions for Pregnant Inmates

“Just because I made some bad choices in my life, they shouldn’t be allowed to make bad health choices for me and my baby,” said one woman whose labor was induced against her will.

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January 4, 2023 8:00 am

Beverly Gage: The Dark Truth About J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI

The first FBI director wasn’t all bad (or a cross-dresser). But he and the agency he created regularly flouted constitutional limits on power.

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January 4, 2023 7:30 am

The Complicated Truth about J. Edgar Hoover

The first FBI director wasn’t a cross-dresser, says a new biography, but he was often quick to flout constitutional limits on state power.

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January 3, 2023 3:00 am

Pundits Predicted a Backlash Against Criminal Justice Reform in the Midterms. What Happened?

While rising crime created headwinds for candidates who supported criminal justice reform, the apocalyptic storm never quite arrived.

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January 2, 2023 3:00 am

Chinese Protesters Use Their Bodies as Weapons Against the State

Standing with blank pages in hand, the protesters’ goal is to make manifest the implied violence that authoritarian states use to keep order.

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