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Publication • June 15, 2017
Justice Policy Institute - Defining Violence, 2016 DEFINING VIOLENCE: Reducing Incarceration by Rethinking America’s Approach to Violence Justice Policy Institute │ August 2016 TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction.……………………………………………………………..1 Part I: A moment in time: the offense reflects singular events, not a person’s capacity to change…….……………………….…..…..6  Homicide: Low recidivism rates……………………………..6 Justice ...
Publication • June 15, 2017
Prison Policy Initiatice - Detaining the Poor, 2016 DETAINING Ill :::c I- PIRlllSIOIN POLICY INITIATIVE i MAY 2016 ABOUT THE AUTHORS Bernadette Rabuy is the Senior Policy Analyst at the Prison Policy Initiative. Bernadette produced the first comprehensive national report on the video visitation industry, Screening Out Family Time: The ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Double Blind: Preventing Eyewitness Error by Christopher Moraff by Christopher Moraff, The Crime Report On the evening of November 20, 1998, two teenaged girls left a Rite Aid in East Baltimore and were accosted by a knife-wielding man demanding money. During the confrontation, a 16-year-old named Toni Bullock was dragged into ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Texas Leads the Nation in Exonerations, Costing More than $93 Million by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis On March 13, 1997, 41-year-old Dahn Clary, Jr. of Texarkana, Texas was arrested and charged with the aggravated sexual assault of his best friend’s 11-year-old son. The boy told his father and police ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Exploring the Connection Between Brain Injuries and Criminal Behavior by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Thanks in large part to recent well-publicized incidents involving the National Football League, the impact of brain injuries has become a topic of interest to the general public. When highly-paid professional athletes who participate in ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
New Reporting System for Prisoner Deaths May Allow for Increased Intervention Opportunities by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has been collecting data from state prisons and locals jails regarding prisoners’ deaths since the Death in Custody Reporting Act was passed in 2000. Under its ...
Alliance for Safety and Justice - Crime Survivors Speak, 2016 ALLIANCE FOR SAFETY AND JUSTICE ALLIANCE FOR SAFETY & JUSTICE ALLIANCE FOR SAFETY AND JUSTICE ABOUT ALLIANCE FOR SAFETY AND JUSTICE Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), a project of the Tides Center, is a national organization that aims to ...
Publication • June 7, 2017
The Justice Institute - Innocence Database Exoneration Report, 2016 2016 INNOCENTS DATABASE EXONERATION REPORT By Hans Sherrer The Justice Institute 2016 Innocents Database Exoneration Report Copyright © 2017 by Hans Sherrer Permission is granted to publish content in this report with the sole proviso that credit for the source must ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Filed under: Statistics/Trends, Trials
The Case of the Disappearing Criminal Jury Trial by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Every person accused of a crime has the right to a trial by jury. That right is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, and is available to anyone charged with a serious criminal offense. But the number ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Indiana County is Leader in Sending People to Prison by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In a major shift from just a decade ago, rural areas of the U.S. are more likely to send people to prison than urban areas. While big cities have been trying to reduce incarceration rates, ...
Publication • May 3, 2017
Sentencing Project - Still Life, Life Sentences, 2017 STILL LIFE America’s Increasing Use of Life and Long-Term Sentences For more information, contact: The Sentencing Project 1705 DeSales Street NW 8th Floor Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 628-0871 sentencingproject.org twitter.com/sentencingproj facebook.com/thesentencingproject This report was written by Ashley Nellis, Ph.D., Senior Research Analyst ...
Article • April 25, 2017
Will Hopes Raised by Clemency Initiative Pronouncements be Realized? by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In December of 2013, President Obama created a wave of excitement in the incarcerated community when he announced the commutation or pardon of 21 federal prisoners, bringing his first-term total to 52, plus 10 clemencies, and ...
Article • April 11, 2017
Filed under: Statistics/Trends
Jail Time for Overdue Library Books Trending Nationwide by Joe Watson by Joe Watson When police in Copperas Cove, Texas, enforced a city ordinance in 2013 criminalizing the failure to return public library books on time, they illustrated perfectly the perpetuation of misspent tax dollars. In October 2013, after being called ...
Article • April 11, 2017
Agency of U.S. Department of Justice Curbs Its Use of "Felon" and "Offender" by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), a U.S. Department of Justice Agency, has instituted a policy discouraging the use of the terms "felon" and "offender" in its communications referring to released ...
Article • April 3, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
State Sentencing Reforms Doing Little to Reduce Nation’s Prison Population by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton With almost 7 million people under some sort of correctional supervision, including probation and parole, the United States continues to lead the world in terms of tough-on-crime policies and incarceration rates. Although there have ...
Article • March 31, 2017
Filed under: Crime, Statistics/Trends, Police
The Dangerous Notion of a Nationwide Crime Wave by Joseph Margulies by Joseph Margulies, Verdict In a recent Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, Heather MacDonald, a conservative analyst with the Manhattan Institute, blamed the so-called “Ferguson effect” for the increase in violent crime experienced in several U.S. cities last year. As MacDonald ...
Article • March 28, 2017
Brutal Crimes Don't Justify Bad Laws by Jean Trounstine By Jean Trounstine, Truthout A true tragedy, driven by a media frenzy, often provokes a misguided need to do something as quickly as possible and leads to bad public policy - like California's Three Strikes sentencing law. Massachusetts Juvenile Judge Jay D. ...
Article • March 28, 2017
The Politics of Prisons: Location Affects Legislators’ Voting on Criminal Reform by Tim Marema by Tim Marema, Daily Yonder Legislators representing rural areas with prisons are less likely to support lighter sentencing and other criminal reforms. A new study argues that's because these rural legislators think they have an economic interest ...
EPI - Mass Incarceration and Children's Outcomes, 2016 Mass incarceration and children’s outcomes Criminal justice policy is education policy Report • By Leila Morsy and Richard Rothstein • December 15, 2016 Summary: Parental incarceration leads to an array of cognitive and noncognitive outcomes known to affect children’s performance in school. ...
Prop 47 Makes Thousands of Drug, Property Offenders Eligible for Release by Joe Watson The passage of California's Proposition 47 in November 2014—which reduced many felony drug-possession and property crimes to misdemeanors— might be a harbinger of criminal-justice reform nationwide. But for now, reform advocates will gladly accept the imminent ...
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