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Data on NC DPS and COVID

June 18, 2020

by Ben Finholt, Director of the Just Sentencing Project at NCPLS and an Affiliated Fellow of the CSJ

After Gov. Cooper declared a state of emergency based on the global COVID-19 pandemic, advocates immediately began calling for the North Carolina… Continue Reading →

Preliminary Injunction in NAACP v. Cooper

June 17, 2020

Yesterday, Judge Vinston Rozier, Jr. issued a Preliminary Injunction to the State of North Carolina, regarding COVID in prisons. Here is the Order:  20 CVS 500110 Order on PI with COS.  The Judge explained: “Thousands of these individuals in Defendants’ … Continue Reading →

Mental Health Policy in the Era of COVID-19

June 13, 2020

In Mental Health Policy in the Era of COVID-19, a new piece in Psychiatric Services, Dr. Marvin Swartz and colleagues – all members of the Psychiatric Services Policy Advisory Group – describe:

The response to the global COVID-19 pandemic has … Continue Reading →

Fourth Circuit Opinion on QI

June 11, 2020

In Jones v. Martinsburg, the Fourth Circuit remanded a case that the trial court had dismissed on qualified immunity grounds, beginning with this overview:

“In 2013, Wayne Jones, a black man experiencing homelessness, was stopped by law enforcement in Martinsburg, … Continue Reading →

Duke U. Media Briefing on Police Reform

June 11, 2020

Here is a YouTube link to the briefing – with colleagues Darrell Miller, Professor of Law and co-Director of the Duke Center for Firearms Law, and Laura F. Edwards, Duke Professor of History.

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Changing the Law to Change Policing: First Steps

June 10, 2020

Today, the Center for Science and Justice joins the Policing Project at NYU Law, the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law,  the Innovative Policing Program at Georgetown Law School, the Criminal Justice Program, Vanderbilt University, and Center for Criminal Justice at … Continue Reading →

Race, Injustice, and DNA Exonerations

June 5, 2020

Race and injustice are central to the story of innocence and DNA exonerations in the U.S. Racial disparity is glaring in these DNA exonerees’ cases. Many more DNA exonerees were minorities than is typical even among average and already racially … Continue Reading →

Weekend Reading on Police Reform

June 5, 2020

For weekend reading or re-reading:

From Pew: 10 Things We Know About Race and Policing. And Seth Stoughton on 8 Things We Get Wrong About Policing.  With Geoffrey Alpert and Jeffrey Nobel on How to Actually Fix America’s Police. And … Continue Reading →

Stand for Victims of Injustice

June 3, 2020

We grieve for George Floyd’s family and write to express our deep support for all who stand for justice in his case and in so many others.  We have a three-part mission at the Center for Science and Justice: to … Continue Reading →

Use of Force Policy in Minneapolis

May 31, 2020

The Minneapolis police department’s use of force policies are receiving national scrutiny after the death of George Floyd. The agency patrol guide is available online here.  Their policy begins in a way that Seth Stoughton and I have criticized, by … Continue Reading →

May 2020 Duke CSJ Newsletter

May 30, 2020

We hope you enjoy our May Center newsletter featuring our recent reports, events, publications and writing on this blog: https://mailchi.mp/e4d89e8bf980/dukecsj-newsletter-first-3883053

If you have not already, please subscribe!… Continue Reading →

Altering the PATTERN

May 29, 2020

Last Tuesday, Ian MacDougall of Propublica reported (also printed in Salon) some remarkable news regarding the risk assessment instrument adopted under the landmark FIRST STEP ACT of 2018.  They report:

ProPublica obtained a copy of the document, which does not … Continue Reading →