Author Archive for Michael M. O'Hear

Milwaukee Residents Give Solid Marks to Police

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Milwaukee, Public, Race & Law | No Comments »

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
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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
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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 »

Barrock Lecture Explores Collision Between Criminal Law and Neuroscience

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Marquette Law School, Public | No Comments »

“Be of good cheer; everything is going to be all right.” With these words last week, Stephen Morse sought to reassure his audience at Marquette Law School that advances in ... Read more »

New Research on Violence

Sunday, October 12th, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public | No Comments »

The new issue of Criminology features several interesting papers relating to violence and its control. This has been a hot topic here in Milwaukee over the past few months. Perhaps ... Read more »

Good Time in Wisconsin: Why and How

Sunday, September 28th, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Legal Scholarship, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | No Comments »

In a couple of recent posts (here and here), I have discussed the possibility of reinstituting “good time” in Wisconsin. I have developed the argument for good time at much ... Read more »

“Good Time” in Washington: A Model for Wisconsin?

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | No Comments »

In an earlier post, I argued that Wisconsin should consider reinstituting “good time” for prisoners, that is, credits toward accelerated release that can be earned based on good behavior.  An ... Read more »

Why No “Good Time” in Wisconsin?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | No Comments »

Unlike most other states, Wisconsin does not recognize prisoners’ good behavior with credits toward accelerated release.  Wisconsin had such a “good time” program for well over a century, but eliminated ... Read more »

“With Friends Like These . . .”: New Critiques of Graham and Miller

Friday, August 15th, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Legal Scholarship, Public, U.S. Supreme Court | No Comments »

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in Graham v. Florida (2010) and Miller v. Alabama (2012) undoubtedly constitute the most important developments in Eighth Amendment law over the past decade. Graham ... Read more »

Two-Thirds of Wisconsinites Support More Flexibility for Prisoner Releases

Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process | 1 Comment »

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 »