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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →