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On June 15, 2021, Judge Mark Goldsmith of the Eastern District of Michigan certified a class of prisoners seeking injunctive and declaratory relief to address the woeful response of the Michigan Department of Corrections in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson, Michigan. Michigan’s prison system has had much higher rates of COVID-19 infections ...

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On Friday, April 30, 2021, a Florida jury found 3M Co liable for hearing damage suffered by 3 U.S. military veterans due to its defective 3M Combat Arms Earplugs. The jury awarded each plaintiff $2.1 million in punitive damages and a total of $830,500 in compensatory damages for their medical bills, missed wages, and pain and suffering.

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As of April 11, 2021, Michigan’s “Clean Slate” laws are effective, making it easier for convicted individuals to expunge serious misdemeanors and non-violent felonies committed in the past from public records. The legislation outlines new rules for criminal record expungement and allows specific convictions to be automatically set aside after a certain time.

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Prison reform activists have called for the infamous facility, located in the Mississippi Delta's Sunflower County, to be shut down since the 1990s. However, attempts to close or reform Parchman have largely been unsuccessful. Considering that Mississippi has the third-highest incarceration rate in the county, it’s likely the fight will continue to be a tough one. Therefore, we have chosen ...

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On Wednesday, February 5 a hearing took place in Port Huron to determine the future of Michigan’s controversial Sex Offender Registry Act, or SORA. The state’s current sex offender registry law was ruled unconstitutional in 2016 and U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland was asked to update it. Michigan currently has one of the largest sex offender registries in the country.

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With nearly 44,000 registrants, Michigan has one of the largest sex offender registries in the country. Each year, the state adds almost 2,000 people to the registry, or about 5 people per day. Many of these registrants were added to the list retroactively after the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) was amended in 2006 and 2011.

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Nicotine is a highly addictive drug found in tobacco products like cigarettes and cigars. CDC data reveals that 99% of e-cigarettes sold in the United States also contain nicotine, even those that do not disclose their ingredients or market themselves as containing 0% nicotine.

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No matter how it is categorized, there is increasing evidence that nicotine use and addiction have potentially severe consequences for teenagers. Addiction affects the prefrontal cortex and can cause psychiatric disorders and cognitive impairment in the brain area responsible for executive functions and attention performance.

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A sex offense conviction could have severe consequences on a person’s life. Aside from incarceration and fines, they might also be required to submit their personal information to local law enforcement. Their name, date of birth, physical description, and other identifiers get put into a sex offender registry.

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