On March 14, 2017

Studying Solitary Confinement in Rhode Island’s Prison Is A Good First Step

Thanks to the leadership of Representative Aaron Regunberg, last fall, the Rhode Island General Assembly created a commission to study the use of solitary confinement at the ACI. This is an important first step as, until now, no one in the state was even tracking the frequency and impact of solitary confinement. Shockingly, the state
On December 28, 2016

The Atlantic: A Blueprint to End Mass Incarceration, Published December 16, 2016

Much of the debate surrounding mass incarceration is centered on its statistics: The United States has 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of its prisoners; American prisons hold more inmates than Soviet gulags at their peak; a greater proportion of black Americans are imprisoned than black South Africans under apartheid. Now there’s
On April 22, 2016

The People vs. OJ Simpson

If you haven’t watched the FX series, you are seriously missing out. I know, I know, you think you don’t need to watch it because you lived through it. But the show is incredibly well done and entertaining. Here are my takeaways from the perspective of a criminal defense attorney. I did not remember that
On November 22, 2015

Why Car Accidents Increase Over the Holidays

According to a 2005 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, two of the four deadliest days on the road are December 23 and December 24.  The six-day period that includes Christmas had 18% more auto accidents than the Thanksgiving period and 27% more than the days around New Year’s Day. Some of the
On October 23, 2015

Not Guilty

A couple weeks ago I heard some profound and beautiful words. Not Guilty. In fact, I heard them five times as the clerk read each of the five counts facing my client and the jury foreman responded to each one. 1st degree robbery. Not Guilty. Conspiracy to commit 1st degree robbery. Not Guilty. Felony Assault.
On June 19, 2015

Mass Incarceration

“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” I heard those words recently and I can’t get them out of my mind. I heard those words from Bryan Stevenson who is the founder of the Equal Justice Institute and was recently the keynote speaker at a symposium on mass incarceration at Roger Williams
On May 19, 2015

New DUI Developments

On January 1, 2015, a new Rhode Island law made it possible for drivers convicted of drunk driving to apply for a conditional hardship license during the period of license suspension. A conditional hardship license allows a driver to drive to and from work during a specified 12-hour period and also can be granted for other non-employment related hardships.