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November 2017 Archives

Teen driver inexperience is a big factor in car fatalities

Nothing may be more heartbreaking than the fatality of a young New Yorker, barely touching on adulthood. As reported by the New York Post, a recent deadly car accident on the Cross Bronx Expressway illustrates just how dangerous a combination youthfulness and operating a motor vehicle can be.

People who are incarcerated still have rights

Being incarcerated isn't something that is meant to be a good time. While your loved one's freedoms are taken away, his or her right to be treated as a human and to have his or her basic rights respected remain. Unfortunately, some correctional officers tend to forget that this is the case.

How are civil rights and civil liberties different?

The terms civil rights and civil liberties are often used interchangeably; however, they are two very different concepts. For example, civil rights are granted to individuals via the federal government, through case law and various civil rights laws. Civil liberties on the other hand are freedoms afforded to individuals by way of the constitution.

How to tell if you have been the victim of racial profiling

Racial profiling is an increasingly common practice that does not always receive the proper attention or explanation it rightly deserves. It is important for people who are likely targets of racial profiling to understand exactly what the practice consists of, as well as to be informed about their rights under the law.

Safety bill will require more training for construction workers

A new bill passed the New York City Council last Wednesday to require more safety training for construction workers. The bill demands that workers receive 40 hours of safety training, and it's hoped that such measures will help prevent deaths and injuries on the job.

Prisoners' rights: The good news and the bad news

When it comes to prisoners' rights in the United States there is good news and there is bad news. Let's start with the bad news: American prisoners do not have access to full Constitutional rights. Now for the good news: There numerous ways in which the Constitution does protect prisoners -- especially when it comes to the Eighth Amendment.

Police misconduct basics: What you should know

Police have the power and ability to enforce the law. However, they cannot use excessive force when carrying out their duties. Under the United States Constitution, police in New York and elsewhere are limited in their ability to exert force depending on the situation and context.

Slip-and-fall accidents can cause serious injuries

You may be familiar with seeing the comical side of slip-and-fall accidents on television and reading about them in books. But in real life, many people who slip-and-fall are not able to get up, go on with their planned activities and laugh about their accidents. Many fall accidents cause serious pain and injury to the victims and have long-term consequences. 

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