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Incarceration Nation

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  • Dec 23, 2013

This is a fascinating look into our prison system in the United States. The author Rosa Brooks shows us what a hypothetical 'Incarceration Nation' looks like compared to other countries around the globe. 


Have you heard of the "Knockout" game? It's the newest rite of passage for inner-city teens trying to earn their street cred. As far as I know, there have been no reports of any "Knockout" assaults in Beaufort or Carteret County. 


Yesterday the Supreme Court decided a case that one Justice called “perhaps the most important criminal procedure case that this Court has heard in decades.” A bare majority of the Court ruled that the police may take DNA from those arrested for, but not yet convicted of, “serious offense[s].” The case resolves a deep split among the lower courts; mostly resolves the constitutionality of the DNA-on-arrest statutes of 28 states, including North Carolina; and according to the dissent, is so deeply mistaken that if it is not wrong, “there is no such thing as error.” The case is Maryland v. King.