Author Archive for Michael M. O'Hear

Two-Thirds of Wisconsinites Support More Flexibility for Prisoner Releases

Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | No Comments »

In 1998, Wisconsin adopted what may have been the nation’s most rigid truth-in-sentencing law, eliminating parole across the board and declining to put into place any alternative system of back-end ... Read more »

Wisconsinites Give Criminal-Justice System Low Marks, Especially for Offender Rehabilitation

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Marquette Law School, Public, Race & Law, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | 1 Comment »

We expect a lot from our criminal-justice system, and we don’t seem very impressed with the results we are getting.  These are two of the notable lessons that emerge from ... Read more »

US Supreme Court Review: Constitutional Criminal Cases

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
Category: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Process, Judges & Judicial Process, Public, U.S. Supreme Court | No Comments »

(This is another post in our series, Looking Back at the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 Term.) In my previous post, I discussed the Court’s recent Fourth Amendment decisions.  Here are this term’s other ... Read more »

US Supreme Court Review: Fourth Amendment Cases

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
Category: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Process, Public, U.S. Supreme Court | 1 Comment »

(This is another post in our series, Looking Back at the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 Term.) On the criminal side of the Court’s docket, I found this term’s statutory interpretation cases ... Read more »

US Supreme Court Review: Should the Court Care How Effective a Statute Is?

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Federal Criminal Law & Process, Public, U.S. Supreme Court | No Comments »

(This is another post in our series, Looking Back at the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 Term.) In my previous post, I noted a number of the considerations that the Supreme Court ... Read more »

US Supreme Court Review: Statutory Interpretation in Criminal Cases

Monday, June 30th, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Federal Criminal Law & Process, Federal Sentencing, Judges & Judicial Process, Public, U.S. Supreme Court | No Comments »

(This is another post in our series, Looking Back at the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 Term.) In the first post in this series, I discussed two causation cases in some detail.  In ... Read more »

US Supreme Court Review: Crime and Causation

Friday, June 27th, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Federal Criminal Law & Process, Federal Sentencing, Judges & Judicial Process, Public, U.S. Supreme Court | No Comments »

(This is the first post in our series, Looking Back at the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 Term. Other posts, when they appear, can be found here.) The Court’s criminal docket ... Read more »

Bond v. United States: SCOTUS Interprets Criminal Statute Narrowly to Preserve Federal-State Balance

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
Category: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Process, Federalism, Public, U.S. Supreme Court | No Comments »

In an opinion sure to be cited by many federal criminal defendants for years to come, the Supreme Court yesterday overturned the conviction of Carol Anne Bond under the Chemical ... Read more »

SCOTUS Strengthens 8th Amendment Protections for Intellectually Disabled

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Category: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Process, Public, U.S. Supreme Court | No Comments »

In 2002, in Atkins v. Virginia, the Supreme Court prohibited capital punishment for defendants who suffered from what the Court then called “mental retardation.” However, the Court did not prescribe ... Read more »

Which States Have Reduced Their Prison Populations in the Past Decade?

Monday, May 5th, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public | 1 Comment »

By 2002, in the wake of a recession that caused difficult fiscal challenges in many states, there was an increasingly widespread recognition that the American imprisonment boom of the 1980s ... Read more »

New Study Shows High Arrest Rates for Returning Prisoners–What Are the Policy Implications?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public | 2 Comments »

Every decade or so, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics releases a big national study of prisoner recidivism. The latest BJS research came out last week, and the numbers were ... Read more »

Violence in the Heartland, Part VI: Cities Within the City

Saturday, April 19th, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Milwaukee, Poverty & Law, Public | 1 Comment »

My most recent posts in this series have compared violent crime data from different cities. However, focusing on a single crime-rate number from a city may mask wide neighborhood-to-neighborhood variations ... Read more »