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Ongoing Research Offers Insight into Implementing Psychiatric Advance Directives

February 26, 2021

By Belle Allmendinger

People with severe mental illness, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, can experience crisis in which they are unable to make competent decisions and by themselves cannot give consent to treatment. As a result, they may be … Continue Reading →

Roundtable: There are Better Alternatives to Police Response in Behavioral Crises

February 22, 2021

By Ruthie Kesri

Responding safely to behavioral health crises requires sensitivity, extensive training and de-escalation practice. Police have become the de facto first responders to those crises despite rarely receiving adequate training to safely and effectively handle the situation.

The … Continue Reading →

Urban Institute Report: NC Revocations on Decline Thanks to Justice Reinvestment Act

February 18, 2021

By Annie Han

The Urban Institute recently released an assessment of the outcomes from changes made to the Supervision Revocation Policy in 2011. The report examines outcomes for individuals on probation, post-release supervision, and parole supervision before and after the … Continue Reading →

Durham Invests in Police Alternative to Address Gun Violence

February 16, 2021

By De’Ja Wood

The 2020 murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, and countless others catalyzed national protests against the police state and discourse about the need to reimagine public safety. Organizers across the nation, including in … Continue Reading →

The Key to Public Safety? Time, and Officers Need More of It

February 11, 2021

By Brandon Garrett

I recently spoke to Washington state legislators about the proposed HB 1310, a bill introduced in January that concerns permissible uses of force by law enforcement and correctional officers.

I explained, in brief remarks, that it has … Continue Reading →

Attorney for Man Granted Clemency: At Minimum, Legal System Should Clear Hurdles for Exonerated

February 9, 2021

By Ruthie Kesri

Gov. Roy Cooper announced in late December he would be issuing pardons of innocence to five men he believed were innocent, serving time for crimes they did not commit.

Cooper’s actions allow for those five men to … Continue Reading →

Duke Professor Co-Authors Washington Post Opinion Piece About ‘Broken’ Policing System

February 8, 2021

John Rappaport and Ben Grunwald are no strangers to writing about flaws in the American policing system – you may recognize their bylines from their research last year about wandering officers, a coin they termed for police officers who were … Continue Reading →

Support During Justice System Re-entry: A Look at Critical Time Intervention

February 4, 2021

By Chinmay Amin

It’s widely documented that individuals who live in homeless shelters and suffer from mental illness often experience cycles of recurrent homelessness during their transition to living independently. The same is true for homeless persons with mental illness … Continue Reading →

Brayne Talks Police Surveillance in First Novel Justice Event

February 1, 2021

By Belle Allmendinger

The Wilson Center welcomed Sarah Brayne, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, for the first installment of the Novel Justice series, which invites recently published criminal justice authors to present their work … Continue Reading →

Wilson Center’s Fall Students Bring Excitement, Passion for Criminal Justice Work

February 1, 2021

More than 40 students worked with the Wilson Center during the fall semester, with many continuing on with their projects this spring.

The Duke University undergraduates, law students, and graduate students worked across more than 10 projects, bringing their excitement … Continue Reading →

Online Conference Offers Scholars Maximum Feedback on Research

January 29, 2021

By Belle Allmendinger

The Wilson Center and Duke Law’s Ben Grunwald hosted the inaugural Empirical Criminal Law Roundtable in December.

“We are so pleased to have gathered together such an impressive and collegial group of scholars from across the country, … Continue Reading →

A Deeper Dive into the Recent Racial Equity Task Force Recommendations

January 22, 2021

By Annie Han

In December, North Carolina’s Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice (TREC) released 125 recommendations that encompass all aspects of the criminal justice system, starting with police contact, then the courts, and sentencing.

“North Carolina can … Continue Reading →