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Unconscious bias may affect criminal penalties

Experts in California and around the country have raised concerns about the potential effects of unconscious bias in the courtroom. Widely studied by a range of researchers in the natural and social sciences, unconscious bias is an example of discriminatory treatment that results not from conscious thought but from unconscious brain responses. Thus, people may believe themselves to be non-racist or even anti-racist, but they may still be more likely to judge people of color more harshly. When judges express unconscious bias, the result can lead to damaging inequities in the criminal justice system.

Studies reveal flaws in forensic science

Juries in California and around the country tend to find evidence provided by forensic experts to be extremely compelling, and criminal defendants are often convicted based largely on their testimony. Juries may be surprised to learn that the science supporting criminal forensic procedures is far from perfect. A team of researchers from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences looked into the way forensic evidence is gathered and processed in the United States, and they discovered problems with virtually every technique they scrutinized.

Study finds community service harms poor defendants

Court-ordered community service in California and other states is supposed to be a helpful alternative for defendants who cannot pay fines and fees. However, according to a new study, the practice unfairly impacts low-income people of color and increases the burden of court debt.

Do California courts consider diminished capacity?

When answering to criminal charges, an insanity defense may be met with a great deal of skepticism simply because the definition of insanity may seem so subjective. Plus, there is the issue of whether one struggles with chronic insanity issues, or whether the circumstances of the moment caused them to lose control of their reasoning. 

What are my rights when being arrested?

Being arrested is an intimidating experience, no matter the circumstances. While you expect the police to uphold the law during every arrest, this is not always the case. That's why it's important for people to understand their rights during arrest, as well as steps to address violations should they occur. 

What are some exceptions to the rule against hearsay?

Gossip is notoriously unreliable, and if you are on trial for an alleged crime in California, you do not want someone repeating a rumor as evidence against you in court. The law recognizes the unreliability of gossip, which is why hearsay evidence is usually not admissible in court. In other words, a witness generally cannot repeat a story that he or she heard about you from someone else as evidence in a court of law. 

CA attempts to change DUI law

While attorney Jacqueline Goodman knows that driving under the influence is a very serious offense, she also believes that those convicted of this crime should be treated fairly by the courts. Accompanied by her California Attorneys for Criminal Justice delegation, she recently lobbied lawmakers in Sacramento to reconsider proposed changes regarding restricted licensing and ignition interlock devices. These changes could prevent drivers with DUI convictions from accessing reliable transportation for work and other urgent matters.

New bill aims to change jury selection in CA

The 6th amendment stipulates that all citizens of the U.S. have a right to an expedient public trial attended by an impartial jury. That's why it's crucial that the courts have a complete list of potential jurors in a given area. This is one of many subjects discussed by Jacqueline Goodman when recently visiting California lawmakers in Sacramento. Accompanied by her California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) delegation, attorney Goodman advocated on behalf of Senate Bill 310 - Jury Selection, which aims to change how juror lists are created in the state. 

Attorney Goodman is passionate about criminal justice

Attorney Jacqueline Goodman recently spoke to lawmakers in Sacramento about a number of criminal justice issues. Along with her California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) delegation, who are just as passionate about upholding the rights of those within the criminal justice system, Attorney Goodman addressed a recent bill that aims to limit jail terms for people with a criminal background. 

Jacqueline Goodman takes a stand against police brutality

As the president of a California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) delegation, Jacqueline Goodman understands the public outcry against police brutality and misconduct. Law enforcement must preserve and protect the rights of citizens, and police officers should be subject to punishment when wrongdoing occurs. This is just one of many issues attorney Goodman spoke about to lawmakers in Sacramento in her attempt at ensuring criminal justice is upheld. 

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