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November 5, 2018

Any election eve predictions to go with a round-up of election day criminal justice round-ups?

I flagged in this post last week German Lopez's great extended Vox review of all the notable and different initiatives and candidates on the ballot that could have an impact on local, state and national criminal justice systems.  Since then, I have seen a number of other round-ups, and here a few piece that seem worth checking out:

From the Marshall Project, "Criminal Justice on the Tuesday Ballot: Our roundup: drugs, policing, juries, even slavery."

From Marijuana Business Daily, "Just before Election Day, here’s where public support for state marijuana issues stands."

From Law360, "5 Criminal Justice Reforms To Watch On Election Day"

From the Los Angeles Times, "From ex-felon voting rights to police shootings, criminal justice is on the ballot"

From the New York Times, "Ballot Initiatives Are Powerful. The Powerful Have Noticed."

As regular readers know, in part because I am based in Ohio and in part because it could have the biggest echoes, I have been following the ballot issue known here as Issue 1 most closely.  And yet, despite following it closely, I have no idea how it will come out and I am afraid to make any predictions (other than that the results will be "over-read").  That said, I am going to predict that a significant number of criminal justice reform initiatives will pass.  I am also going to predict that 2020 brings ever more criminal justice reform initiatives than has 2018. 

I welcome predictions (or advocacy) in the comments as we get ever closer to polls closing.

UPDATE Here are a few more round-ups:

From HuffPost, "Millions Of Voters Could Be About To Significantly Reform The Criminal Justice System"

From the Washington Post, "Where marijuana is on the ballot Tuesday — and where it’s most likely to win"

November 5, 2018 at 03:36 PM | Permalink


FYI Doug: Not long before cert was granted, the four conservatives publicly dissented from staying execution in order to consider this issue. Count them out on the merits.
After cert was granted, Kavanaugh joined their ranks.

So the outcome you can say is prejudged (in the political confirmation hearing sense). Only question is what kind of additional hurdles the opinion will create out of whole cloth to add to those they created in Glossip.

Posted by: Habeas lawyer | Nov 6, 2018 9:22:26 AM

Shouldn't there be a pool "How many days after election will Jeff Session get fired?"

I say seven. A number picked out of thin air.

Posted by: Daniel | Nov 6, 2018 11:23:59 AM

Today is exciting enough, Daniel, without that kind of happy talk....

Posted by: Doug B. | Nov 6, 2018 11:37:56 AM

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