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  • Women in the Criminal Justice System
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    Women in the Criminal Justice System

    A House Judiciary subcommittee held a hearing examining women in the criminal justice system. Among the witnesses were Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, and Cynthia Shank, a…

  • Hearing Examines Challenges Posed by Criminal Gangs in Communities
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    Combating Gangs in Communities

    Federal, state, and local law enforcement officials testified at a hearing examining gang violence, sex trafficking, and drugs. They spoke about the relationship between gangs, sex…

  • Acting DEA and ATF Heads Respond to Questions on Opioid Abuse and Border Security
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    DEA and ATF Operations

    Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg and acting ATF Director Thomas Brandon testified at a Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives…

  • Child Advocates and Investigators Testify on Crimes Against Children
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    Crimes Against Children

    Four law enforcement experts testified at a hearing on efforts to identify and prosecute crimes committed against children, particularly those of a sexual nature perpetrated online.

  • House Committee Focuses on Synthetic Drug Use
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    Synthetic Drug Use

    Witnesses, including a Washington, D.C., police officer and the parent of a man who died after using synthetic marijuana, testified at a hearing on the dangers posed by synthetic drugs.…

  • Hearing on Heroin Abuse Among Teens
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    Heroin Abuse

    Officials from the Drug Enforcement Agency, White House, and other federal agencies testified on ways to stop the increase in heroin abuse and how pain relief medications have contributed…

  • Hearing on Overhauling the Federal Criminal Code
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    Federal Criminal Code

    The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations held a hearing of its Over-Criminalization Task Force. The task force was created in 2013 with a…

  • House Judiciary Subcmte Looks at Domestic Drones
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    Domestic Use of Drones

    Policy and technology experts testified on the use of unmanned aerial systems, commonly known as drones, for domestic law enforcement and surveillance.

  • Privacy Experts Offer Updates for Electronic Privacy Act
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    Electronic Privacy Act

    Congress created guidelines for government electronic surveillance with the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA). A House Judiciary Subcommittee examined ways to adapt ECPA…

  • National Security Leaks
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    National Security Leaks

    Witnesses testified about issues surrounding recent national security leaks to the media, and the options available to investigate and prosecute those responsible. The leaks revealed the…

  • Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Renewal
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    Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Renewal

    Witnesses testified about proposed amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that would extend and expand the government’s ability to collect intelligence, or spy, on…

  • Drug Enforcement Administration Oversight Hearing
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    Drug Enforcement Administration Oversight Hearing

    Michele Leonhart testified at an oversight hearing of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Among the topics she addressed were the DEA’s knowledge of the “Fast and Furious” program, the…

  • Data Retention and Internet Crimes
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    Data Retention and Internet Crimes

    Witnesses testified about a proposal which would require Internet providers to retain information on all Internet users in an effort to stop child pornography and other crimes. Deputy Assistant…

  • Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
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    Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking

    Witnesses testified on the commercial sexual exploitation of American children within U.S. borders, and their subsequent rescue and rehabilitation. A panel of congressmen testified about legislation.…

  • Fraud Against Senior Citizens
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    Fraud Against Senior Citizens

    Witnesses testified about enforcement of the Senior Financial Empowerment Act of 2009. They addressed issues pertaining to mail, telemarketing and Internet fraud targeting seniors.

  • Oversight Of Secret Service
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    Oversight Of Secret Service

    Mark J. Sullivan testified about U.S. Secret Service operations. Among the topics included were presidential and dignitary protection operations, and efforts to prevent counterfeiting and…

  • Crime Victims Rights Act
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    Crime Victims' Rights Act

    Justice Department officials and experts testified about the Crime Victims Rights Act of 2004 and urged lawmakers to increase funding for state and federal measures to benefit victims of…

  • Online Sales of Prescription Drugs
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    Online Sales of Prescription Drugs

    A hearing was held to examine the increasing use of prescription controlled substances by teenagers and others for non-medical purposes, which has been exacerbated by the ease of obtaining…

  • Federal Cocaine Sentencing Laws
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    Federal Cocaine Sentencing Laws

    Witnesses testified about federal mandatory minimum laws for crack cocaine. Under current federal law it takes 100 times more powder cocaine than crack to trigger the five- and ten-year mandatory…

  • Protecting Americans  Working in Iraq
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    Protecting Americans Working in Iraq

    Witnesses testified about the enforcement of federal criminal law to protect Americans working for U.S. contractors in Iraq. Rep. Ted Poe testified as the founder of the Victims' Rights…

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