Archive, July 2015.

A new law amending the procedures for investigative police lineups went into effect in Illinois this year. Mistaken identifications in police lineups are common contributors to wrongful convictions, and it is hoped that the recent amendments will significantly cut down on instances of prejudiced identifications.
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In Illinois, after an offender has served a prison term for a felony conviction, he or she must then must serve a term of supervised release. This means a period during which the offender is supervised and monitored by a parole officer, who ensures that the offender complies with the conditions of the release.What Is Supervised Release?Mandatory supervised release is required for any offender who is sentenced to prison, other than those who receive a life sentence. At sentencing, the judge must include a term of supervised release. However, if the offender was sentenced before February 1, …
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Young people are notorious for making foolish youthful mistakes, which sometimes result in legal troubles and criminal prosecution. Sometimes these crimes are very serious, and lives may even be taken. But an important consideration in sentencing youth is that their brains and reasoning are not yet fully developed. In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a court cannot impose a mandatory sentence of life without parole on juveniles under the age of 18. Recent legislation in Illinois would codify this rule and introduce additional protections in juvenile sentencing.Miller v. AlabamaIn the …
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Domestic violence orders of protection can prohibit an abuser from harassing, harming, intimidating, or contacting the victim. They are especially important in cases of domestic violence against disabled people, who are vulnerable to domestic abuse because they often lack the ability to seek protection.Who May File for an Order of Protection?
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