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Wilson Researchers to Bail Working Group: Durham Jail Population Down after Reforms but we Need Better Data

November 24, 2020

Researchers from the Wilson Center for Science and Justice have been scraping jail data in Durham in an effort to analyze pretrial policies and practices concerning the use of cash bail.

Wilson Center Research Director William E. Crozier, Center Director … Continue Reading →

Upcoming Paper Encourages Redistribution of Police Power

November 20, 2020

By De’Ja Wood

Over the summer, the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, sparked national protests and discourse about the need for radical police reform. Organizers across the nation called on their local and state governments to defund the … Continue Reading →

Firearms Testimony: Should it be the Smoking Gun?

November 19, 2020

By Alexi DeLara 

In recent decades, researchers, judges, and journalists have raised questions regarding the reliability of a range of widely utilized forensic techniques. This includes, but is not limited to, forensic comparison methods, such as latent fingerprint and firearm … Continue Reading →

Join Our Team: Wilson Center Hiring an Associate Director

November 18, 2020

The Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law School is hiring an Associate Director.

From the job description:

The Wilson Center for Science and Justice aims to conduct interdisciplinary research to advance criminal justice and civil rights. The … Continue Reading →

Remembering Roger Hood, a Champion of Justice and International Leader in Criminology

November 17, 2020

By Brandon Garrett

Last night, Roger Hood, a champion of justice and international leader in criminology and in death penalty research, the founder of the Centre of Criminology at Oxford, and the greatest friend and mentor, to myself and countless … Continue Reading →

Wilson Center’s Dr. Marvin Swartz Helps with New Mental Health Crisis App

November 16, 2020

Dr. Marvin Swartz, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University and part of the Wilson Center’s Behavioral Health Core, served as a consultant for a new My Mental Health Crisis Plan app and SAMHSA’s psychiatric advanced directive … Continue Reading →

Introducing a New Blog Series: Growing Above and Beyond

November 13, 2020

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of an occasional series from the Wilson Center’s Michele Easter examining the intersection of nature and agriculture to support recovery, resilience, and community success within justice-involved communities. The logo for this series was … Continue Reading →

Federal Compassionate Release Opinion Cites Wilson Center Research on Risk Assessment

November 6, 2020

A U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan cited research from the Wilson Center for Science and Justice in an order this week granting an incarcerated man compassionate release.

Desmond Reginal Rodgers was serving 200 months in prison … Continue Reading →

Forward Justice’s Atkinson Estimates 5,000 Could Vote This Election Thanks to Lawsuit over Felony Disenfranchisement

November 2, 2020

By De’Ja Wood and Sydney Gaviser 

Felony disenfranchisement rates are highest in Southern states, including in North Carolina, where voting restrictions passed during the Jim Crow era aimed to limit the political power of Black men.  

The Sentencing Project estimates … Continue Reading →

DEAR Program Extends Court Debt Relief to 11,000 Residents with Suspended Licenses

October 29, 2020

Big news this week from the city of Durham:

The Durham Expunction and Restoration (DEAR) Program has extended relief from court debt to more than 11,000 people whose drivers’ licenses were suspended because of inability to pay traffic fines and … Continue Reading →

Groundbreaking Research Reveals Increase in Life-Without-Parole Sentences Amid Decline in Serious Crime

October 27, 2020

During a time in which homicide rates continue to fall, and death sentences plummet, life-without-parole (LWOP) sentencing persists at record levels.

Although research has examined drivers of incarceration generally, and death sentencing specifically, there has been little research on LWOP … Continue Reading →

ADA Event Panelists Discuss Vital Protections for Disabled People, Concerning Future for Law

October 26, 2020

By: Jeremy Yu

When George H.W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act into law in 1990, he famously said “Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down.” In celebration this year of the 30th anniversary of this … Continue Reading →