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Life Sentenced Population Exceeds Entire Prison Population in 1970

The Sentencing Project: “Nationwide there are more people serving life sentences today (206,000) than the entire prison population in 1970 (196,000), according to a new fact sheet released by The Sentencing Project’s Campaign to End Life Imprisonment. Starting in the 1970s, the United States’s prison population began its steady upward climb to the vastly overcrowded system we have today. While recent reforms have decreased the overall prison population by 0.5% between 2003 and 2016, there has been a 30% increase in life sentences during this period. The expansion of life imprisonment is a key component in the structure of mass incarceration. In 24 states, there are more people serving life sentences than the state’s entire prison population in 1970, found Senior Research Analyst Ashley Nellis. In an additional nine states, the life imprisonment total is within 100 people of those states’ 1970 prison population. In particular, Nevada and Utah have life-sentenced populations more than four times the states’ entire prison population in 1970. The next two most dramatic shifts are in Louisiana and Alaska, where the life-sentenced populations are more than double their overall prison populations in 1970. Life sentences have been shown to have little effect on crime rates since people “age out” of crime—meaning that we’re spending a fortune on geriatric care to keep people in prison who pose little threat to public safety. As states pass more reforms to address 40 years of prison expansion, it is clearly important to adopt sentencing reforms to dramatically reduce the scale of punishment for people serving life sentences.”

Categories: Law and Legal

The Best Samsung Galaxy S20 Deals (and Which Model to Choose)

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 15:14
Should you buy Samsung’s new Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, or S20 Ultra? Here's what you need to know before you shell out a grand.
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Forever 21 Filed For Bankruptcy But Will Live On With New Owners

Three companies have announced that they are acquiring the retailer aimed at teens and young people, and plan to continue to operate its U.S. and international stores.

(Image credit: Kiichiro Sato/AP)

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After The Diamond Princess Cruise, Coming Home To A Life In Isolation

Carl Goldman tested positive for the new coronavirus after leaving the ship and arriving in the U.S. He is recovering in an isolation unit of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

(Image credit: Jeri Seratti-Goldman)

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Bezos’ Earth Fund Should Invest in These Green Technologies

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 13:50
The world’s richest man committed $10 billion to fighting climate change. We’ve got some ideas about how to spend it.
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Jeff Bezos Can Control Earth’s Future With His $10 Billion Pledge

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 13:44
The Amazon CEO’s fund will fundamentally reshape the fight against climate change, whatever Bezos decides to do with it.
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Roger Stone Sentenced To More Than 3 Years Amid Furor Over Trump And DOJ

President Trump's political adviser was found guilty on all counts by a federal jury last year after he was charged with lying to Congress and obstructing its investigation.

(Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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You Can’t Buy Friends, but Bloomberg Would Like to Rent Yours

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 11:45
The billionaire’s presidential campaign is spending big to get people to push his message to their contacts. It might not work.
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Chrome is ditching third-party cookies because Google wants your data all to itself

Elizabeth Renieris weighed in on why we should not celebrate Google's move to remove third-party cookies from Chrome.

“They’re not really changing underlying tactics [of how they track us], they’re just channeling it all through Google,” Renieris said. “How privacy-preserving is this, actually? What’s Google’s motivation for doing this? Is it to preserve privacy? Potentially, but probably not.”

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Categories: Tech-n-law-ogy

“Why is Facebook drawing the line where it’s drawing the line?”

On Monday, the manager of Facebook’s Global Affairs and Governance team joined BKC's Jonathan Zittrain, Evelyn Douek, and Julie Owono to answer questions about its new Oversight Board.

Read an overview of the event on Medium

Categories: Tech-n-law-ogy

Under whose thumb? Inside a Rolling Stones copyright mystery

BKC faculty associate Jennifer Jenkins on the differences between European and US copyright law when it comes to the rights of musicians:

“[In the US,] after 35 years, eligible authors can serve notice and get their rights back. At the end of the day, they give the artist a second bite of the apple.” 

Read more from Marketplace

Categories: Tech-n-law-ogy

Coronavirus: 2 Princess Diamond Cruise Ship Passengers Die After Contracting COVID-19

The man and woman are the first Diamond Princess passengers to die during the COVID-19 outbreak. They were hospitalized last week.

(Image credit: Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

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North Korea Claims Zero Cases Of Coronavirus Infection, But Experts Are Skeptical

Pyongyang says it has mobilized to fight for its "national survival." Experts say North Korea's track record of fighting epidemics does not bode well for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

(Image credit: Kim Won-Jin/AFP via Getty Images)

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Jennifer Lawrence Will Play an Astronomer for Netflix

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 10:45
Meanwhile, Reed Hastings is working on a book about the streaming giant. 
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California Lawmakers Expected To Apologize For U.S. Internment Of Japanese Americans

The bill's sponsor says he was "disturbed by the striking parallels" between the treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and current U.S. immigration policy.

(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

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HTC Vive Cosmos VR Headsets (2020): Price, Details, Availability

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 10:00
By giving you the ability to easily upgrade your headset using snap-on faceplates, HTC lowers VR's biggest barrier to entry: price.
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Celebrating John Glenn's Historic Mission

NASA Image of the Day - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 09:27
On February 20, 1962, NASA launched one of the most important flights in American history.
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ILM Used 'Fortnite' Tech to Make Virtual Sets for 'The Mandalorian'

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 09:00
Those beautiful landscapes Baby Yoda played in? They were created on a virtual production platform called StageCraft. Now any director can use it.
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Governments Are Clamping Down On Foreign Tech Investments

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 09:00
China, Israel, Russia, and the US are among the many countries blurring the line between prudence and paranoia.
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The US Blames Russia's GRU for Sweeping Cyberattacks in Georgia

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 08:10
By calling out Russia for digital assaults on its neighboring country, the US hopes to head off similar efforts at home.
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