Ahad is a junior at Stevenson University studying Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. He serves as the Director of Policy at YIP. In school, Ahad competes on Stevenson's mock trial team, where he was recognized as an All-Regional witness. Ahad plans on going to law school and practicing criminal law.
Eyes Lie: Examining the Reliability of Eyewitnesses
Eyewitness testimony has been used for thousands of years in many different jurisdictions and legal systems. Eyewitness testimony is “powerful and convincing to jurors.” Although eyewitness testimony is convincing, it is not reliable. Eyewitness testimony is still admissible in criminal trials, and some trials depend on them. Eyewitness testimony should no longer be used in criminal trials due to memory distortions, memory biases, and additional factors that can reduce accuracy.
The Return of Just Deserts: Analyzing Mass Incarceration
The War on Drugs, started by President Nixon, resulted in the era of mass incarceration. If the total population of prisons and jails were to be a state, it would be the 36th largest state. Many prisons are overcrowded and prisoners’ civil rights are being violated in the name of retribution. The brief explores the history of the War on Drugs, the effects of its policies, mass incarceration, policies attempted to fight mass incarceration, and policies that can be tried to end mass incarceration. Upon other recommendations, the brief recommends that mandatory minimums and three strike laws be repealed, and the Reverse Mass Incarceration Act be passed.
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