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Police change lineup protocols to reduce false IDs

There have been huge advances in DNA testing in clearing hundreds of individuals who were falsely charged with crimes. Sometimes these unfortunate people spent decades behind bars despite their innocence, including the White Sox groundskeeper who was released in 2017. Law enforcement officials in a growing list of states and organizations are now taking steps to reduce the number of false IDs from line-up, including Massachusetts.

What evidence may an officer gather against you for DUI?

Drunk driving is a common offense. However, despite the fact that many people face this type of allegation, you still need to understand that you could face serious consequences in the event that police charge you with DUI and a court convicts you. Of course, you may have the ability to help yourself by understanding what officers look for during a DUI traffic stop.

Bail judges found to show bias

A study of bail judges in the Miami and Philadelphia metro areas reveals that both black and white judges show prejudice against black defendants. The study found that judges were 2.4 percent more likely to rule that a black defendant would be detained rather than be allowed to post bail. If they do get bail, black defendants paid an average of nearly $7,300 higher than white defendants.

Massachusetts courts still not using breathalyzer results

District attorneys across Massachusetts suspended the use of the Draeger 9510 Alcotest in August of last year. The reason for this is that the device could provide false readings because it failed to properly calibrate. The issue is being investigated by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. This means that law enforcement does not currently offer any evidence gathered by the 9510 Alcotest in trials or plea negotiations. This is despite the fact that law enforcement is still using the device. The commonwealth is also dismissing evidence provided by the similar but older Draeger Alcotest 7110.

Innocent groundskeeper returns to work after 23 years

White Sox groundskeeper Nevest Coleman has recently been the topic of many national news stories. His is an all-too-common story with the twist of a happy ending that includes exoneration. Coleman was working for the White Sox in 1994 as a respected member of the grounds crew.

People with criminal records are an untapped employment resource

America's unemployment rate has dropped below 4 percent. This has left many employers in a bind as they try to fill positions. According to a recent poll by the Charles Koch Institute and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the solution many employers, HR staff and managers would likely embrace is hiring people with criminal records, with 80 percent saying they would at least consider the applicants.

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