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UNC SOG Recruiting Police Departments for New Citation Project

July 20, 2020

Police chiefs across the state have been invited to participate in a pilot program run by the UNC School of Government’s Criminal Justice Innovation Lab (CJIL) and the NCACP: The Citation Project, which seeks to improve policing practices through implementation … Continue Reading →

Washington Post Weighs in on New Bill About Suspended Driver’s Licenses

July 20, 2020

The Washington Post editorial board weighed in recently about the unfair practice of suspending driver’s licenses over nonpayment of court fines and fees, calling the policy “self-defeating” to public safety.

Last week, the Senate introduced the bipartisan Driving for Opportunity … Continue Reading →

Duke Center for Science and Justice Postdoc Working to Improve Witness IDs

July 16, 2020

Duke Center for Science and Justice Postdoctoral Research Fellow Travis Seale-Carlisle has authored, along with other academics, a pre-print under review about how police should test a witness’s memory of a criminal perpetrator.

Seale-Carlisle has been a postdoc with the … Continue Reading →

Duke Law Faculty: Cooper Should Use Clemency Power, Release Related Records

July 16, 2020

Roy Cooper may become the first North Carolina governor in more than 40 years to complete a term without granting clemency to a single person, which includes sentence commutations and pardons of forgiveness or innocence.

Three faculty at the Duke … Continue Reading →

Duke Center for Science and Justice Tracking Police Reform Legislation By State

July 14, 2020

While people across the nation took to the streets to protest the brutal police killing of George Floyd, lawmakers responded by introducing a series of police reform policies.

To date, there have been at least 78 pieces of police reform-related … Continue Reading →

Duke Law Faculty Discuss Policing in America, Past and Present

July 14, 2020

Several Duke Law faculty spoke last week about the current state of policing throughout the United States, with an emphasis on how policies and biases impact communities of color.

Dean Kerry Abrams hosted the conversation with Brandon L. Garrett, the … Continue Reading →

BREAKING: U.S. District Court Judge Halts Upcoming Executions

July 13, 2020

The federal government was set this week to carry out its first execution in nearly 17 years, but a U.S. District Court judge in Washington has intervened.

Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to delay the executions … Continue Reading →

Duke Center for Science and Justice Postdoc Joins Permanently as New Research Director

July 13, 2020

Dr. William Crozier has permanently joined the Duke Center for Science and Justice as the new Research Director after working for about two years as a post-doctoral fellow.

Dr. Crozier received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Penn State before … Continue Reading →

Racial Equity in Criminal Justice Task Force to Meet for First Time Today

July 10, 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper has officially appointed the full 25-person Racial Equity in Criminal Justice Task Force, and the group will meet for the first time at 10 a.m. today. The Task Force will develop and help implement policy solutions to … Continue Reading →

Duke Law Faculty Round-Up: Reaction to SCOTUS LGBTQ Decision

July 9, 2020

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a historic ruling protecting employees from being fired on the basis of their sexual orientation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The 6-3 opinion was written by Justice Neil … Continue Reading →

Brandon Garrett among law professors across nation calling on Congress for police accountability

July 8, 2020

More than 300 law professors from across the country signed a letter last week calling on Congress to end qualified immunity and create vicarious liability for local government units when their officers violate people’s constitutional rights.

As stated in the … Continue Reading →

Award-winning journalist Boughton to lead communications at Duke Center for Science and Justice

July 7, 2020

Melissa Boughton, who has been an award-winning journalist for nearly a decade, joined the Duke Center for Science and Justice this week as the Senior Communications Specialist.

Boughton most recently worked as the Courts, Law, Democracy and Immigration reporter at … Continue Reading →