Author Archive for Michael M. O'Hear

Deadly Force in Philly (and Milwaukee)

Saturday, April 4th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Milwaukee, Public | 1 Comment »

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a voluminous report on uses of deadly force by the Philadelphia Police Department. In recent years, there has been a drop in ... Read more »

Decline in Wisconsin Prison Population Results From Fewer Drug Offenders Behind Bars

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | No Comments »

As I discussed in this post, Wisconsin has achieved one of the nation’s higher rates of reduction in imprisonment over the past decade. To be sure, New York, California, and ... Read more »

MULS Conference to Consider Human Trafficking and Restorative Justice

Monday, March 16th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Human Rights, Immigration Law, International Law & Diplomacy, Labor & Employment Law, Marquette Law School, Milwaukee, Poverty & Law, Public | No Comments »

On Thursday and Friday, Marquette Law School will host an important conference, "Restorative Justice and Human Trafficking -- From Wisconsin to the World."  As the title suggests, human trafficking -- ... Read more »

New Article on Good Conduct Time

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Legal Scholarship, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | 2 Comments »

I have a new article in the Wisconsin Lawyer about good conduct time, a program that permits prisoners to earn accelerated release based on how well they do behind bars.  Most ... Read more »

Mercenary Justice?

Friday, March 6th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Milwaukee, Poverty & Law, Public, Race & Law | No Comments »

Earlier this week, the United States Department of Justice released a scathing report on police and court practices in Ferguson, Missouri. Figuring prominently in the DOJ’s criticisms, Ferguson criminal-justice officials ... Read more »

Prisoner Enfranchisement in Ireland

Friday, February 20th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Election Law, Human Rights, Prisoner Rights, Public | 1 Comment »

I was surprised to learn recently from an Irish law professor that Ireland gave its prisoners the right to vote in 2006. Felon disenfranchisement is such a pervasive fact of ... Read more »

Milwaukee Arrests Rarely Involve Force, But Numbers Vary by District

Friday, February 13th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Milwaukee, Public, Race & Law | No Comments »

Last week, the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission released its annual report on police uses of force for 2013. The report counts 895 incidents in 2013, employing a very broad ... Read more »

Milwaukee Residents Give Solid Marks to Police

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Milwaukee, Public, Race & Law | 1 Comment »

Last week, the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission (of which I am a member) released the results of its first-ever survey of citizen attitudes toward the police.  Although the survey ... Read more »

A Social Trust Theory of Criminal Law, Part III

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public | 3 Comments »

The first two posts in this series are here and here.  In this concluding post, I will share some thoughts regarding the various mechanisms by which criminal law potentially enhances ... Read more »

A Social Trust Theory of Criminal Law, Part II

Sunday, January 4th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public | No Comments »

As I discussed in my previous post, the job of criminal law is to reassure us that we will not be victimized when we leave the safety of our homes ... Read more »

A Social Trust Theory of Criminal Law, Part I

Thursday, January 1st, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public | No Comments »

Ours is a society of strangers.  Every day, we are likely to encounter dozens of unfamiliar faces, even if only fleetingly through the windshield of a car. We purchase our ... Read more »

Student Reflects on Restorative Justice Program at Green Bay Prison

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Marquette Law School, Public | No Comments »

Student Jillian Dickson-Igl has put together these thoughtful reflections about her experience with the restorative justice program at the Green Bay Correctional Institution.    Back in October, I was fortunate enough ... Read more »