What is Tennessee SB219 and Why Should I Care?

What is Tennessee SB219 and Why Should I Care?

This new law, “An Act to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 40, Chapter 11, relative to bail,” probably did not come up in many cocktail party conversations before it became active on June 1, 2021. That’s probably because SB219 is an omnibus bill. Although it says...
7 DUI Post-COVID Roadblock Requirements In TN

7 DUI Post-COVID Roadblock Requirements In TN

Almost before the ink was dry on Michigan Department of State Police v. Sitz, the 1997 Supreme Court case which legalized DUI checkpoints, Tennessee authorities rolled out a comprehensive framework for such roadblocks. How, if at all, coronavirus will affect these...
Can Social Wellness Reduce Arrests?

Can Social Wellness Reduce Arrests?

The traditional view of criminals is that they are, well, criminals. According to many, people intentionally break laws for selfish, personal reasons. Things like mental illness or “making a statement” are just excuses. This attitude is especially prevalent in...
5 Reasons Bail Bonds WIN Over Cash Bail

5 Reasons Bail Bonds WIN Over Cash Bail

Reasonable jail release is guaranteed by the Eighth Amendment. When it comes to the method of release, many defendants have several choices. If the defendant is in jail for a nonviolent offense and has no criminal record, pretrial release, or Own Recognizance (OR)...
Keep It Cool During Summer 2021

Keep It Cool During Summer 2021

According to the heat hypothesis, the number of assaults goes up when daily high temperatures are consistently in the low 90s. When the temperature gets hotter, this effect fades, because most people just stay home. A few studies also claim there’s a link between...
Open Records and Record Expungement in TN

Open Records and Record Expungement in TN

The first open records laws appeared in the late 1970s, mostly in response to the Watergate scandal. Tennessee’s open records law was first passed in 1981 and last amended in 2015. Regular people, including landlords, employers, and other interested individuals, could...