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MEASURED JUSTICE - EPISODE ONE: THE DIGNITY ACT
Join us for our podcast spinoff launch for MEASURED JUSTICE, covering criminal justice reform topics in America.
For our first episode, we discuss issues in prison which precipitated the Dignity Act and similar legislation across the country.
Guests: Kurt Altman, State Director in Arizona and New Mexico for Right on Crime, Owner and Principal of Kurt M. Altman, P.L.C. a law firm and lobbying practice built on quality advocacy; Holly Harris, President and Executive Director of the Justice Action Network; Darrell Hill, Policy Director of the ACLU of Arizona; Kara Williams, Smart Justice Organizer of the ACLU of Arizona; and Pamela Winn, Founder of RestoreHer US. America.
Legal-Eease & A4J Podcast Episode: Police Use of Force Reform
Today's podcast episode features leaders in reforming accountability for police who use excessive or deadly force against civilians. They each have proposed statutory reforms, which have been adopted in this past year. We're joined by Professor Cynthia Lee at the George Washington University Law School, Professor Catherine Smith at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and Professor Frank Rudy Cooper at University of Nevada – Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, where he directs the Program on Race, Gender, and Policing.
Achieving Criminal Justice: Forensic Evidence Reform
In partnership with ASU Law's Academy for Justice, we covered an episode on Forensic Evidence reform and what that looks like in our criminal justice system.
Our guests for this episode are Lindsay Herf (Executive Director of the Arizona Justice Project), Sandra Thompson (Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Institute), and Brandon Garrett (Duke Law professor, author of "Autopsy of a Crime Lab".
Legal Considerations After Marijuana Legalization
Back in 2019 Legal Ease Podcast produced an episode on bankruptcy law in the marijuana business, where Judge Dan Collins and ASU Law Professor Laura Coordes spoke on the matter. At the beginning of this year in January we got word from Judge Collins that our episode reached Guam and specifically the ears of Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood. We were delighted to hear our episode helped inform the topic of marijuana and businesses in Guam.
This episode is part 2, with Judge Tydingco-Gatewood joining us after listening to Part 1 of our episode. Judge Collins also joins us for Part 2 to inform the bankruptcy side of the marijuana industry, and we also have Professor Jelani Jefferson Exum here with us today as a guest to inform us on the criminal justice side of the marijuana industry.
This episode is split into two sections -- one criminal justice focused and the other bankruptcy focused. Co-hosts ASU Law Professors Valena Beety and Laura Coordes take us through this episode, where the focus is to educate audiences on multiple aspects of the marijuana industry.
Recreational marijuana is now legal for us in Arizona since November 2020. Arizona marijuana sales for the adult-use market officially began in January after state officials began notifying retail business license applicants that they’d been approved. This marks the fastest transitionfrom voter-approval to sales implementation of any state that has legalized marijuana todate. There are still restrictions in place for old and new marijuana users, as well as many lingering questions — some of which we’ll explore today.
COVID - 19 Impact On Black Communities
Throughout 2020, Legal-Ease Podcast produced episodes with partner ASU Law's Academy for Justice, covering COVID-19 and its impact across communities.
This episode discusses COVID-19's impact on Black communities, and the conversation navigates key history, vaccination, and steps toward building trust. We welcome guests Dr. Akilah A. Jefferson Shah and Dr. Howard Henderson.
Akilah A. Jefferson Shah, MD, MSc, is an expert in health policy and bioethics, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine (UAMS) and researcher at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI).
Howard Henderson is the Founding Director of the Center for Justice Research and professor of Justice Administration in the Barbara Jordan - Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. Howard’s research focuses on culturally-responsive criminal justice programming and predictive bias.
The Controlled Substances Act At 50 Years
In partnership with the Academy for Justice, we covered an episode on “The Controlled Substances Act at 50 Years”, which was a wonderful conference held at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in February 2020 before quarantine.
The timing for this episode couldn’t be better, as there is an ongoing national discussion on War on Drugs, the Opioid Crisis, Racial Bias, and Women’s Reproductive Rights. Host Chase Turrentine sits with our guests to discuss all these topics.
Ethan Nadelmann (founder of Drug Policy Alliance), Deborah Small (Executive Director of Break the Chains), Aila Hoss (Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law, and Marisa Rodriguez (Director, San Francisco Office of Cannabis) are leaders in this area and they take us through crucial aspects of these issues -- regulation, criminal justice reform, impact on Native communities and other marginalized communities.
Biographies can be found on our website at legaleasepodcast.com and this episode can be streamed on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, and now iHeartRadio at "Legal-Ease Podcast" --give it a listen and leave a comment for discussion!
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