Tag: Coronavirus

Alcohol and Crime – The Coronavirus Anomaly

It seems to be common sense that alcohol and crime have a positive correlation. With increased alcohol consumption comes increased crime.  This is all but a universal truth.  Both science and medicine teach us that alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and consequently, when consumed in greater quantities our inhibitions and control over impulsive behavior are lowered.  Thus, with increased alcohol consumption comes decreased impulse control and a corresponding increase in criminal behavior. The documentation of the connection between alcohol and crime is as old as the written history of mankind.  The first book of the Bible, Genesis, provides […]

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The Impact of Coronavirus on Iowa’s Criminal Justice System

The impact of the current Coronavirus pandemic on Iowa’s criminal justice system is real and severe. Pursuant to the April 2, 2020 order issued by the Iowa Judicial Branch, ALL state jury trials are currently suspended.  Suspended.  As in not happening until no sooner than July 13. This may not be a big deal to some but to those currently incarcerated awaiting trial, it is a significant interference with their constitutional and statutory rights.  We won’t wade into the debate of court powers, emergency proclamations in this post, but it is important to understand that thousands of Iowans are currently […]

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