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What Prisons Could Still Do to Save Lives

September 18, 2020

By Deniz Ariturk

Six months after the first nationwide shutdown, US prisons and jails continue to be top COVID hot spots. Case numbers have continued to increase rapidly in prisons even as they plateaued nationwide in early summer, and new … Continue Reading →

Brandon Garrett to Moderate Sanford’s Stand for Justice Event

September 17, 2020

Wilson Center Director Brandon Garrett on Monday will moderate a criminal justice event hosted by the Sanford School of Public Policy, titled Stand for Justice.

The panelists at the event are Kassandra Frederique of Drug Policy Alliance, Bianca Tylek of … Continue Reading →

New Duke Law Post: Faculty, Alumni Discuss N.C. Racial Justice Act Repeal

September 10, 2020

From Duke Law News:

Duke Law faculty and alumni involved in challenging the reinstatement of death sentences after the retroactive repeal of North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act hailed a state Supreme Court decision that the move was unconstitutional — a … Continue Reading →

Upcoming Event: Impact of COVID on Black Americans, Other People of Color

September 9, 2020

The Duke Center for Science and Justice is cohosting another upcoming  Duke Science & Society event as part of its Coronavirus Conversations series.

The virtual event is titled “Impact of COVID on Black Americans and Other People of Color” and … Continue Reading →

Houston Bail Monitor 6-Month Report Shows Increased Releases, Reduced Use of Cash Bail

September 4, 2020

HOUSTON, T.X. – The independent monitors overseeing Harris County’s historic bail reform agreement filed its report this morning describing their first six-months of work and findings with the federal court, noting an increase in releases and a reduced use of … Continue Reading →

Ronnie Long is Finally Free

August 28, 2020

From Duke Law news:

On Wednesday, the State of North Carolina filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to initiate a process leading to Long’s freedom. The state asked the court to immediately issue … Continue Reading →

Ronnie Long Closer to Freedom After Federal Court Rules his Rights Were Violated

August 26, 2020

Ronnie Long has spent 44 years in prison for a crime he’s claimed since the beginning he didn’t commit, and he is closer now than ever to freedom after a federal court ruled this week that his constitutional rights were … Continue Reading →

New Article from Garrett, Albright First to Explore Intersection of Law, Science of Eyewitness Evidence

August 24, 2020

Eyewitness evidence, used in tens of thousands of criminal cases each year, crucially depends on eyewitness memory, which is quite fallible. The potential inaccuracy of eyewitness memory has been long demonstrated by examples of misidentifications, including in cases of wrongful … Continue Reading →

CSJ’s Dr. Marvin Swartz Discusses Police Misconduct, Reform in New Guest Post

August 20, 2020

Dr. Marvin Swartz brought some needed attention on a form of police misconduct that’s remained mostly out of the spotlight in a new guest post on NC Policy Watch.

The post, titled, “Concerns about police misconduct should spur reform, funding … Continue Reading →

Postdoc Karima Modjadidi Headed to RTI after Duke CSJ Fellowship

August 18, 2020

Last week was Post-doctoral Fellow Karima Modjadidi’s last at the Duke Law Center for Science and Justice, and soon she will start working at the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) in Durham.

Modjadidi has been a fellow at the Center for … Continue Reading →

Upcoming Duke Science & Society Event will Address Racial Bias in Healthcare, COVID-19

August 17, 2020

The Duke Center for Science and Justice is cohosting an upcoming  Duke Science & Society event as part of its Coronavirus Conversations series.

The virtual event is titled “Racial Bias in the Healthcare System and COVID Outcomes” and will start … Continue Reading →

North Carolinians to USCCR: More Has to be Done to Mitigate Impact of Court Fines, Fees

August 14, 2020

North Carolina residents, attorneys and criminal justice reform advocates laid bare Thursday the brutal consequences for defendants who can’t afford to pay court fines and fees to the North Carolina Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights … Continue Reading →