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05/13/00
Report
Case Law Interpreting the Safe Schools Act of 1994

This brief report offers a discussion of case law that interprets the federal Safe Schools Act of 1994. The Act was enacted to further the goal of drug and violence-free goals. Download Publication

04/13/00
Report
Minimum Age for Death Penalty

This brief report highlights state differences in laws governing the minimum age for capital punishment, as of 1999. (In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned laws that imposed capital punishment for offenses committed under the…

03/13/00
Report
Separate Tables: Interagency Information Sharing in Real Life

This document talks about the outcome of a multidisciplinary working group convention held in Pittsburgh that recently drafted a memorandum of understanding on local interagency information sharing. Offered here is a detailed look at the…

03/13/00
Report
Grandparent Support Obligation

This report briefly highlights state variations in laws establishing grandparent support liability. Download Publication

02/13/00
Report
Constitutional Challenges to Blended Sentencing Statutes

This issue discusses constitutional changes to blended sentencing. Up until February 2000, three states had faced challenges such as these: Minnesota in 1995, New Mexico in 1996, and Montana in 1997. Only the Montana statute…

01/13/00
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Battered Child Syndrome as Defense for Murder of Abusive Parent

This report briefly discusses the Battered Child Syndrome as a defense for the murder of an abusive parent. Do victims of child abuse have some special justification for murdering their abusive parents? To date, four…