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  • The Police-ie: A New Kind of Selfie the Implementation of Police Body-Worn Cameras in New York
    Olivia Orlando
    In today’s day in age, technology has found its role as the driving force behind innovative procedures aimed to deter crime. From surveillance cameras to dash-mounted video cameras, technological innovation has continually shaped law enforcement policies and procedures. Body-worn camera (BWC) systems serve as the most recent technological innovation with the capacity to reshape policing. BWCs can serve as a tool to aid in the reduction of exposure to litigation and unwarranted citizens’ complaints by promoting transparency and accountability. Both law enforcement and local communities stand to benefit from the deployment of BWCs. This article examines recent publications pertaining to BWCs, the existing usage of BWCs, and recent events pointing to the necessity of immediate BWC employment. Ultimately, this article supports the implementation and deployment of BWCs by police departments by emphasizing the benefits of recording interactions with police, while remaining neutral, yet aware of the downfalls.
    1 Alb. Govt. L. Rev. Online 124 (2016)

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  • Informing Shareholders: Providing a Roadmap for the SEC to Act to Require Public Corporations to Disclose Political Spending
    William Alan Nelson II
    This artice seeks to expose corporate political spending by urging the SEC to require public corporations to disclose to thier shareholders the use of any corporate resources for political activites. The author argues this would esnure that corporate directors adhere to their duties of full and fair disclosure and by informing shareholders of political spending that may be harmful to their investments, shareholders would make more educated and rational investment decisions.
    9 Alb. Govt. L. Rev. 241 (2016)
  • Can Independent Redistricting Commissions Lead Us Out of the Political Thicket?
    Barry Edwards, Angel Sanchez, Tyler Yeargin, Michael Crispin, Jessica Hayden
    This article examines whether independent redistricting commissions offer a way out of the political thicket. The authors argue state legislators may create IRCs to handle this difficult task, but the problem of gerrymandering suggests those legislators may just be part of the problem.
    9 Alb. Govt. L. Rev. 288 (2016)
  • The Poverty of "Corruption": On Reframing the Debate On Money In Politics
    Robert G. Boatright, Molly Brigid Flynn
    This article discusses the Supreme Court's skeptical approach toward regulating political contributions and implores Americans to seek changes in our campaign finance laws.
    9 Alb. Govt. L. Rev. 341 (2016)
  • Introduction: The Criminalization of Mental Illness
    Raymond Brescia
    The fact that the incarceration rate in the United States is one of the highest in the world, certainly in the industrialized world, draws a great deal of attention from criminal justice reformers. What lurks beneath this data point is something far more troubling. The three largest psychiatric facilities in the country are not mental health treatment facilities, halfway houses, community mental health centers, or outpatient hospitals. No, they are the county jail systems of Los Angeles County and Cook County, as well as that found on Rikers Island in New York City. This last facility, which provides treatment to tens of thousands of individuals with psychiatric disabilities every year, has been at the center of litigation that has now spanned over fifteen years. That lawsuit, Brad H. v. The City of New York, claims that Rikers Island, because of the extensive treatment it provides to those incarcerated there (under the City’s constitutional obligations), is, for all intents and purposes, a mental health facility. As such, it has obligations under state law to provide what is known as discharge planning services: the provision of assistance to individuals leaving an inpatient facility to ensure that those individuals can continue their treatment upon release.
    8 Alb. Govt. L. Rev. vii (2015)
  • “You Might Have Drugs at Your Command”: Reconsidering the Forced Drugging of Incompetent Pre-Trial Detainees from the Perspectives of International Human Rights and Income Inequality
    Michael L. Perlin & Meredith R. Schriver
    Defendants who are incompetent to stand trial often are deprived of their rights to make such “clear” choices, though the consequences are often “unavoidable.”
    8 Alb. Govt. L. Rev. 381 (2015)

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