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Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Most Black “Neighborhoods” in Wisconsin are Actually Jails, Prisons by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis A 17-year-old has made a startling discovery about Wisconsin: more than half of the state’s black “neighborhoods” are actually jails. The young researcher, Lew Blank, used the Weldon Cooper Center’s Racial Dot Map and Google ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
State Sanctioned Murder: By the Numbers by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The Death Penalty Information Center has released a report highlighting significant changes in the number of executions in the United States in 2016. According to the report, there were 20 executions in the U.S. during calendar year 2016 ...
Study Indicates Racial Bias Skews Criminality Risk Assessment Tool by The use of software to predict future criminality is increasing in popularity. However, a study by ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit news agency that produces investigative journalism, found that prediction programs are racially skewed. Risk assessments are gaining traction in courtrooms ...
Publication • November 17, 2017
Demographic Differences in Sentencing, an Update Demographic Differences in Sentencing: An Update to the 2012 Booker Report UNITED STATES SENTENCING COMMISSION United States Sentencing Commission One Columbus Circle, N.E. Washington, DC 20002 www.ussc.gov William H. Pryor, Jr. Acting Chair Rachel E. Barkow Commissioner Charles R. Breyer Commissioner Danny C. Reeves ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Victim-centered Sexual Abuse Investigations Abandon Concept of Neutrality by David Reutter by David Reutter Criminal justice reform advocates are pushing back against a new trend to “always believe the victim” in sexual assault cases, which has given rise to “victim-centered and offender-focused” investigations. The victim-centric trend has led to a ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Study Shows “Ban-the-Box” Policies May Result in Racial Bias by Employers by David Reutter by David Reutter Increasingly, criminal justice reformers are pushing for “ban-the-box” policies, ordinances and statutes, which are intended to eliminate from job applications the box that asks, “Have you been convicted of a felony?” [See: PLN, ...
Profiting Off Mass Incarceration: Detroit Pistons Owner Buys Private Prison Phone Company by Brian Dolinar by Brian Dolinar, Truthout The election of Donald Trump has already given an economic boost to those profiting from mass incarceration. The stock prices of the two biggest private prison builders – CoreCivic (formerly Corrections ...
Article • October 9, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Environmental Protection Agency Finally Recognizes Prisons in Screening Tool by Panagioti Tsolkas by Panagioti Tsolkas Two years ago, the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), which publishes Prison Legal News, introduced the concept of prison environmentalism, building off the work of jailhouse lawyers, scholars and activists around the country. On many ...
Electronic Monitoring Becomes More Widespread, but Problems Persist by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna, Christopher Zoukis The use of wearable electronic tracking devices for defendants and people on community supervision has risen sharply over the past decade. Cash-strapped municipalities like the reduced cost, which is much lower than a prison ...
Article • October 9, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Filed under: Statistics/Trends, Tattoos
Tattoo Recognition: Law Enforcement’s Newest Identification Tool by David Reutter by David Reutter New technology is giving law enforcement agencies the ability to identify people by taking a photo of their tattoos; it can also group people with others who have the same type of body art. Federal researchers at ...
Publication • September 30, 2017
Estimating the Prevalence of Wrongful Convictions, USDOJ, Sept. 2017 The author(s) shown below used Federal funding provided by the U.S. Department of Justice to prepare the following resource: Document Title: Estimating the Prevalence of Wrongful Convictions Author(s): Kelly Walsh, Jeanette Hussemann, Abigail Flynn, Jennifer Yahner, Laura Golian Document Number: 251115 ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Filed under: Statistics/Trends
BJS Studies Show Number of Prisoners, Probationers Continues to Drop Slightly by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has published three new studies based on calendar year 2015 data, with one indicating the total number of prisoners nationwide declined to the lowest level since ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Almost 270 Die in Pre-trial Detention in Canadian Jails in Last Five Years by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna According to data gathered by the Reuters news agency, which culled records from various Canadian provincial governments, almost 270 prisoners awaiting trial have died over the past five years. Apparently pretrial ...
Article • August 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Brennan Center Asks: “How Many Americans Are Unnecessarily Incarcerated?” by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna After three years of research, the highly-respected, non-partisan Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law published an extensive report in December 2016 which concluded that while “mass incarceration has emerged as ...
Publication • August 2, 2017
Vera Institute of Justice - The Prison Paradox, 2017 Vera Evidence Brief For the Record The Prison Paradox: More Incarceration Will Not Make Us Safer Don Stemen, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Loyola University Chicago; Member, Vera Research Advisory Board July 2017 Summary* to property crime. Research consistently shows ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Use of Electronic Monitoring Skyrockets by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis A study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, released on September 7, 2016, revealed that the number of accused and convicted offenders required to wear some kind of electronic monitoring device has increased nearly 140 percent in the last decade. ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Unlikely Criminal Justice Reform: How New York City Reduced Arrests and Slashed Prisoner Populations by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In what has been described as a "remarkable reversal of mass incarceration,” a newly-published report by Justice Strategies credited the New York Police Department (NYPD) for a massive decline in ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Incarceration Numbers Falling, Especially for Blacks by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the imprisonment rate for blacks is declining and has been doing so for many years. But the BJS data also indicates that the trend is headed in the opposite ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Report Cites Epidemic of Law Enforcement Injustices to LGBT Community by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Citing a system that appears to be based upon "maintaining structures of power based on race, poverty, ability and place," the LGBT organization Center for American Progress (CAP), takes American law enforcement to task.  ...
Article • July 20, 2017
2013 Deportations of Undocumented Reach Record High by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was formed in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, deportations of undocumented immigrants have climbed every year, and 2013 was no exception. In fiscal year 2013, 438,421 individuals were ...
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