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Erica Zunkel
Associate Clinical Professor at , defender, sports fan, politics junkie. Views my own.
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Erica Zunkel Feb 16
Overincarceration...
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Erica Zunkel Feb 16
Never. And in the federal system we further sanitize overincafcby talking about sentences in months. Oh, just 36 months, no big deal. That’s 3 years locked in a cage.
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Erica Zunkel Feb 16
I recall a judge telling my client at sentencing, “18 months may sound like a long time, but it’ll just fly by.” It was my client’s first time in the criminal system.
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Erica Zunkel Feb 16
It made me happy to read these, ! I complain a lot about Chicago, but it's a pretty magnificent city!
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Andrew Fleischman Feb 15
Not my most popular opinion. But I stand by it. If you've got a story about a friend who spent five years in prison for weed, or a woman who got eight years for voting illegally, you're talking about a symptom of the same disease. We punish too harshly in this country.
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Erica Zunkel Feb 15
Replying to @mkraju
It’ll all go in the lawsuits...
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Nick Reynolds Feb 14
In a shocking result on the Senate Floor, Wyoming just killed a bill that would have repealed the death penalty on first reading, 12-18.
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Walter Olson Feb 10
Klobuchar, an ardent Drug Warrior, also brought felony charges for quality-of-life offenses and child support nonpayment and helped lead a drive to make drunk driving a felony. Minnesota's prison population soared.
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Beyonce's New Best Friend Feb 10
People who correctly have problems with Harris as a prosecutor better keep the same energy for Klobuchar...
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Justin Amash Feb 8
Only 19 of us, Republicans and Democrats, think a 65-year-old grandma shouldn’t be prohibited from working an office job at a Veterans Affairs child care facility simply because she had a marijuana conviction at age 18. Here again is the roll call:
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Erica Zunkel Feb 5
Has resigned yet? If not, why not?
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Erica Zunkel Feb 4
Here is the civil lawsuit filed by the Federal Defenders of New York re: the crisis: . The allegations are incredibly troubling.
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Beyonce's New Best Friend Feb 3
10 million arrests a year 11 million people cycling through U.S. jails each year 450,000 currently in jail cuz they are too poor to pay bail 1.5 million people in U.S. prisons 70 million people with criminal records Millions of people deported yearly.
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Erica Zunkel Feb 3
That looks a lot like Aaron Donald.
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Erica Zunkel Feb 3
Replying to @ezunk
The fed sent statute requires judges to consider what sentence will provide a defendant rehab, training & treatment in “the most effective manner.” That’s generally not going to be in BOP custody. The article provides evidence & support for more non-incarceration sentences.
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Erica Zunkel Feb 3
What is happening at in Brooklyn is sickening, but not surprising. The BOP is in crisis and has been for a long time. I wrote about the BOP’s problems and their interplay with federal sentencing in a new article: . We must do better.
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Erica Zunkel Feb 3
Replying to @OrinKerr
I’m sure videos like this will help him immensely if the case gets to sentencing. 🤦🏼‍♀️
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Erica Zunkel Feb 2
Replying to @amackiemason
Total debacle.
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Erica Zunkel Feb 2
Replying to @amackiemason
But should you moonwalk?
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Anthony Michael Kreis Feb 2
So, he just selected a random picture of a guy in Klan hood next to someone in blackface for **his** yearbook page because...?
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