Publication of Volume 12 Issue 2



The Board of Editors of the Race and Social Justice Law Review is pleased to announce ourrecent issue publication of Volume 12, Issue 2. The online publication can be viewed at:https://race-and-social-justice-review.law.miami.edu/ Issue 2 discusses current topics such as special education, impacts of COVID-19, criminaljustice, charity, mutual liberation, and racism. Moreover, this Issue highlights subject matterrelating […]



Publication of Volume 12, Issue 1



The Board of Editors of the University of Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review is pleased to announce our recent issue publication of Volume 12, Issue 1. The online publication can be viewed at: https://repository.law.miami.edu/umrsjlr/ A diversity of topics is addressed by featured articles authored by experts in their respective areas of practice and notes written […]






A Step Towards Dismantling Bias in American Institutions; Rectifying Sentencing Disparities Between Crack and Powdered Cocaine



By: Maria M. Alfaro For decades, possessing different forms of cocaine carried different kinds of sentencing. These sentencing differences were directly correlated with existing biases and inequalities in the U.S. prison and criminal justice system. Now, after 36 years, on December 16, 2022, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced new charging guidelines for crack cocaine […]



Jackson Water Crisis: How Neglect Has Reached a Boiling Point



By: Pierre Craig Growing up in Dallas, Texas, nothing was more refreshing than a cold glass of water on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, simple pleasures like this may be taken for granted as one city in the Southern United States dealt with a combination of events that caused a severe water crisis that has […]



White Eyes, Huge Lies: The Pitfalls of Cross-Race Eyewitness Identification



By: Timothy Mondloch The state of Arizona just killed a 76-year-old man for a crime he did not commit. Murray Hooper, 76, was sentenced to die in 1980 for the murder of two people.[1] In a trial marred by misconduct, Hooper was convicted despite no physical evidence linking him to the crime.[2] The only piece […]



Shinn v. Ramirez: Recent SCOTUS decision ignores precedent, further marginalizes people that cannot afford an attorney



By: Emily Hill On May 23, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in Shinn v. Ramirez, a landmark case concerning evidentiary hearings in federal habeas hearings.[1]This controversial 6-3 opinion is similar to the other cases decided this past summer as it represents a marked distinction from precedent.[2] Additionally, the case […]



Jury of Your Peers?: How Death Disqualification Kills Diversity Among Jurors



By: Marina Rubio The Bill of Rights guarantees criminal defendants the right to an impartial jury of one’s peers.[1] And the essential role of that jury is to determine the guilt or innocence of an individual charged with a crime based on the facts.[2] Death disqualification in capital punishment cases permits the exclusion of potential […]




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