United States v. Carrillo-Lopez and the constitutionality of §1326 of the INA

By: Freeman Halle It is a criminal offense under 8 U.S.C §1326 for “removed aliens” - foreign nationals who have previously been denied admission, excluded, or removed – to reenter the United States, with limited exceptions.[1] Violations are punishable by fines, imprisonment up to two years, or both.[2] For those who were removed on account … Continue reading United States v. Carrillo-Lopez and the constitutionality of §1326 of the INA

The Myth of “Humane” Executions

By: Madison Benson The arguments against the death penalty are numerous and diverse. There are issues of race. For example, since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976, 301 Black men have been executed for the murder of white victims, 178 Black men have been executed for the murder of Black victims, and 12 … Continue reading The Myth of “Humane” Executions

Cruel and Unusual: Arizona’s Push Toward Gas Chambers

By: Sarah Fisher The State of Arizona has executed 100 individuals since 1910, using methods such as electrocution, firing squad, and hanging. Beginning in 1977, most states adopted lethal injection as the primary method of execution, with many believing it to be a more humane and cost-effective alternative. However, the most current figures show that … Continue reading Cruel and Unusual: Arizona’s Push Toward Gas Chambers

Making Sense of Trump’s Rushed Federal Executions

By: Epiphanie Couture In July of 2019, the Department of Justice announced that it would resume federal executions after a seventeen-year moratorium, and it scheduled the execution dates for five death row inmates. [1] Four of the prisoners filed suit, claiming that the executions would violate a provision of the Federal Death Penalty Act. [2] … Continue reading Making Sense of Trump’s Rushed Federal Executions

Cognitive Disability in the Criminal Justice System

By: Jaidyn Rumpca The United States carceral system is a place that many regard as out of sight and out of mind. In reality, people of all backgrounds are affected by the injustices of our so-called justice system. Racial minorities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, people from low-income communities, people with disabilities, and individuals at … Continue reading Cognitive Disability in the Criminal Justice System