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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 ...
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 ...
Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales - Annual Report 2016-2017, 2017 HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales Annual Report 2016–17 HC 208 HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales Annual Report 2016–17 Presented to Parliament pursuant to Section 5A of the Prison Act ...
Publication • July 7, 2017
Office of the Inspector General - Review of...Smart on Crime Initiative, Evaluation and Inspections Division, 2017 Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice Review of the Department’s Implementation of Prosecution and Sentencing Reform Principles under the Smart on Crime ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
George Soros’ Quiet Overhaul of the U.S. Justice System by Scott Bland Progressives have zeroed in on electing prosecutors as an avenue for criminal justice reform, and the billionaire financier is providing the cash to make it happen. by Scott Bland, Politico While America's political kingmakers inject their millions into ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Is Risk Prediction Real Criminal Justice Reform or Junk Science? by Joe Watson by Joe Watson With its criminal justice system bursting at the seams, one state has decided to take a controversial step to alleviate the pressure. In 2015, Pennsylvania officials indicated the state would become the first in ...
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 ...
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