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Constitutional Challenges to Detention Post-COVID

May 23, 2020

A new short piece in the Harvard Law Review Blog, “Constitutional Criminal Procedure Post-COVID,” provides an overview of litigation occurring nationwide against local jails, state prisons, federal prisons, and immigration detention centers, as individual people, groups, and persons seeking class … Continue Reading →

ODonnell Monitor Website

May 23, 2020

We have launched the official website for the ODonnell Court-Appointed Monitor.  Information about our Monitor Team is available, as well as the Community Working Group, and documents, including our recently posted Monitor Plan for the first year of our work.  … Continue Reading →

Five Takeaways from Prison Actions During COVID-19

May 22, 2020

We have been tracking official state responses to COVID-19, as reported by their Departments of Corrections, as well as media coverage of prison releases across the country. Below are five key takeaways from that coverage so far:

Prison responses to… Continue Reading →

Claiming Innocence Post-COVID

May 20, 2020

Innocence Claims Remain on Hold During the Pandemic

by Deniz Ariturk, CSJ researcher

In many jurisdictions across the country, criminal courts have been closed or running on limited calendars since March, due to the coronavirus pandemic. While a useful measure … Continue Reading →

Plea Bargaining in the Shadow of COVID-19

May 19, 2020

I have been reading The Shadow Bargainers,  a detailed study on plea bargaining practices in several public defender offices.  Ronald Wright, recognized for important research on prosecutors, plea bargaining and other issues, Jenny Roberts, a recognized authority on collateral consequences … Continue Reading →

Kansas v. Glover & Revoked vs. Suspended Licenses

May 18, 2020

Can a person be pulled over based on reasonable suspicion for driving with a revoked license? In Kansas v. Glover, the Supreme Court answered yes.  The trial court had said that merely running the plates, if one does not know … Continue Reading →

Court fines and fees shouldn’t be used to recover lost revenue from pandemic

May 16, 2020

A new piece in the Washington Post’s True Crime Blog: “One target of the criminal justice reform movement has been the use of fines and fees by state and local courts to either help finance a local government, or incarcerate … Continue Reading →

The COVID-19 Crisis Should Not Increase the Crisis in Public Defense

May 11, 2020

The Center for Science and Justice is committed to improving the reliability and fairness of our criminal justice system through effective and meaningful research. Improving the justice system, however, depends on more than research; a fair and reliable justice system … Continue Reading →

CSAFE Renewed for Five Years

May 10, 2020 CSAFE, which supports forensic research at Duke Law, wins federal renewal for another five-year term

At Duke Law, funds from the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence are used to improve the way forensic evidence is used in … Continue Reading →

The Pandemic and North Carolinians Battling Drug Addiction

May 5, 2020

New op-ed at NC Policy Watch by Dr. Allison Robertson, PhD, MPH – an Associate Professor in the Services Effectiveness Research Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine, and faculty member with Duke Law Center … Continue Reading →

Judging Risk

May 3, 2020

Just published this past week – John Monahan and Brandon Garrett’s piece “Judging Risk” in the California Law Review.  The abstract:

Risk assessment plays an increasingly pervasive role in criminal justice in the United States at all stages of the … Continue Reading →

NC Criminal Debt Panel Discussion

May 1, 2020

A panel discussion, launching Duke CSJ’s new report and website on fines and fees in criminal cases, with the NC ACLU’s Kristie Puckett Williams, Cristina Becker, NC Justice Center’s Daniel Bowes, and Forward Justice’s Whitley Carpenter, Fines and Fees Justice … Continue Reading →