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June 2017 Archives

Judge: Cruelty, isolation at WI juvenile prisons must change

The federal judge hearing the case on Wisconsin's juvenile prisons commented that Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, suffers less restrictive solitary confinement than do the juveniles confined at the Lincoln Hills School correctional facility in Irma.

Fourth of July: How you can improve our ailing criminal justice system

As we celebrate our nation's Independence Day,  it's appropriate to reflect not only on that which makes us proud to be Americans, but also on how we can hand down to our children and grandchildren a system of justice that honors the Founding Fathers and the generations of patriots who followed them.  We have much work to do, because at this time in our history the United States' criminal justice system is broken.  I provide a close examination of many of the problems in my book, "Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America's Broken System" (Harper 2017), but I also believe we can fix what is ailing.

Federal prosecutor seeks 'therapeutic polygraphy' for sex offender

In 2004, the American Psychological Association said that there's "little evidence that polygraph tests can accurately detect lies." There simply isn't sufficient proof that the physiological responses measured by the so-called "lie detector" machine are actually caused by lying.

Discredited hair evidence: How many innocent people are behind bars?

Any person who duly reflects upon DNA-related stories that have prominently surfaced in media reports in recent years understands well the double-edged sword wielded by investigators who assert possession of unassailable truth conferred through science.

Vaunted eyewitness testimony: often wrong as can be

Many of our readers in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin have likely seen crime-tinged movies and television dramas -- in fact, scores of them -- where an individual steps up to save the day for state or federal prosecutors by confidently pointing out the guilty party from the witness stand.

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