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How do I Obtain Personal Records From Wyoming Using FOIA?

How do I Obtain Personal Records From Wyoming Using FOIA?

Wyoming employs the same Freedom of Information, open meetings and public record laws as other states in the United States. Public entities, including governments, school, police agencies, highway departments and many other public agencies, must disclose most of their records to anyone who asks to s......[Read More]
Levels of Punishment for Juveniles

Levels of Punishment for Juveniles

The juvenile justice system is designed to punish youths who have committed crimes. However, the juvenile justice system puts much more emphasis than the adult system on rehabilitating offenders. The juvenile justice system is designed to give youthful offenders a second chance and prevent them from......[Read More]
How to Block a Representative From Being Appointed for a Probate

How to Block a Representative From Being Appointed for a Probate

The death of a loved one is difficult enough. It is made all the worse if you discover upon examining her will that the person she named as representative or executor is someone you disapprove of. The laws in every state are set up to allow you to object, but whether you'll be successful or not is a......[Read More]
What Does the Sheriff's Department Do When a Missing Person Report Is Filed?

What Does the Sheriff's Department Do When a Missing Person Report Is Filed?

Once a missing person report is filed, the Sheriff's Department will process and handle the report according to its department guidelines. If you file a missing person report, it is important to know what to expect from your Sheriff's Department.......[Read More]
How to Find Out What Prison Someone Is in & How to Contact Them

How to Find Out What Prison Someone Is in & How to Contact Them

When a person commits a crime and has court cases involving the crime, public records are created. If the crime results in a prison sentence, the felon will be transported to a prison. Prison inmate rosters are also public record. In most states, Department of Corrections outfits post the names of a......[Read More]
Federal Badge Law

Federal Badge Law

The Federal Badge Law, better known as the Enhanced Federal Security Act of 2000 (EFSA) went into effect Dec. 19, 2000. This law amends Chapter 33 of Title 18 of the United States Code.......[Read More]
The Negative Outcomes Associated with Police Brutality

The Negative Outcomes Associated with Police Brutality

Police brutality is defined as excessive use of force by a police officer; i.e., force beyond the level necessary to resolve the situation. Police are expected to use only the minimal level of force needed to do their jobs. Excessive use of force by law enforcement officers is prohibited by the Fift......[Read More]
Legal Nonlethal Weapons

Legal Nonlethal Weapons

High-powered flashlights are one example of nonlethal civilian weapons.flashlight image by Aleksandr Lobanov from Fotolia.comDeadly tools such as firearms and knives may be the most infamous types of weapons used today, but many alternative means of defense also exist. Nonlethal weapons.........[Read More]
Philosophy & Concept of Probation

Philosophy & Concept of Probation

Probation offers a criminal offender release into the community instead of a prison term. A probation officer supervises the the probationer, also known as the defendant, and provides him with community resources so he can become a productive member of society.......[Read More]
Do You Need Probate if You Are the Sole Heir?

Do You Need Probate if You Are the Sole Heir?

Probate is the process whereby the law approves a certain distribution of a dead man's assets. While some estates don't require probate at all, the number of heirs that a deceased person may have will not affect whether the estate requires probate. Those with questions about a particular estate in p......[Read More]
Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Drugs

Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Drugs

The U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines inform Federal judges how to sentence an offender convicted of a federal crime. Here are some of the federal sentencing guidelines for drug offenses.......[Read More]
The Salary of a Prison Chaplain

The Salary of a Prison Chaplain

Prison chaplains play an important role in the rehabilitation of incarcerated individuals. These chaplains conduct religious services and provide spiritual counsel. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the salaries of prison chaplains with the salaries of other clergymen nationwide in its Occupation......[Read More]
How to Get Off Probation Early

How to Get Off Probation Early

If you have been sentenced to a term of probation after pleading to or being found guilty of a crime, you might still be able to obtain an early release. Follow this specific set of steps and you can position yourself to get off probation before your initial term is fulfilled.......[Read More]
What Is the Difference Between Probation Vs. Court Supervision?

What Is the Difference Between Probation Vs. Court Supervision?

Probation and court supervision are two alternative sentencing schemes, both of which allow someone convicted of an offense to avoid serving time in jail. They are imposed, however, under different sets of circumstances. The sentences are similar, but not identical.......[Read More]
Texas Prison Grievance Procedures

Texas Prison Grievance Procedures

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice offers the Offender Grievance Program to all offenders who wish to resolve issues or disputes with prison staff. Offenders may "present written complaints related to their classification, personal property, disciplinary status, or other confinement issues wit......[Read More]
Types of Tasers Used by Police Departments

Types of Tasers Used by Police Departments

The TASER was invented by NASA researcher John "Jack" Higson Cover, Jr. in 1974. The word TASER is an acronym that was named after a fictional character, Thomas A. Swift, created by Edward Stratemayer in 1910 for a series of juvenile science fiction novels. A TASER is less-than-lethal.........[Read More]
How to Settle a Small Estate in New York

How to Settle a Small Estate in New York

A small estate with a gross value of up to $30,000 can be settled without court intervention in New York. The state allows the collection of money by an administrator payable to the estate by the banks, insurers and other institutions without filing for probate. Priority is usually given to the spou......[Read More]
What Is a Preliminary Divorce Hearing?

What Is a Preliminary Divorce Hearing?

Divorce proceedings can be emotionally difficult and drawn out. Sometimes, after a couple formally files for divorce, a hearing or trial before a judge is necessary. Typically, a preliminary divorce hearing is used to urge each side to make concessions and agree to a settlement before the court make......[Read More]
Reasons to Dismiss Criminal Charges

Reasons to Dismiss Criminal Charges

A judge may dismiss a criminal case before trial.gavel image by Cora Reed from Fotolia.comThe basis of the judicial system does not consist merely of trials. Preliminary motions may be filed in criminal court to drop a case before it starts. The District Attorney may also decline to file.........[Read More]