DEA Data Collection Program Served as Model for NSA Program

“The wicked flee when no man pursues,” according to the book of Proverbs. USA Today recently reported that the United States Drug Enforcement Agency maintained a domestic wiretapping program operating outside the auspices of judicial review, and then tried quietly to shut the program down after Edward Snowden revealed a … »

Grady v. North Carolina – Satellite Based Monitoring Programs Are Searches

A decision announced by the Supreme Court earlier this term may force states to re-evaluate their Satellite Based Monitoring (SBM) programs for repeat criminal offenders. Last week, the Court determined North Carolina’s SBM program was a search of a convicted felon, meaning the program must be analyzed according to the … »

Smart is The New Tough: Prison Reform

Harsh drug sentences were once thought to be the best solution for getting illegal drugs off the streets. While the results of these policies are debatable, it’s indisputable that today our prisons are full of non-violent drug offenders. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, nearly fifty percent of federal … »

“State-of-the-States” Snapshot for the New Fiscal Year

Today marks the first day of the New Year; or at least the new fiscal year in 46 states. Only Alabama, Michigan, Texas, and New York have fiscal years that are different from the traditional July 1 through June 30 time frame. Looking back at what the governors proposed at … »