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Our New Report: The Explosion of Unpaid Criminal Fines and Fees in NC

April 22, 2020

A new report, just released by the Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law, analyzes the burden of fines and fees in North Carolina. Unpaid court debt, much of it stemming from minor traffic infractions, affects one in 12 … Continue Reading →

The Innocence Files

April 20, 2020

The new Netflix series, the “Innocence Files,” features the stories of eight Innocence Project exoneration cases. The exonerates are: Kennedy Brewer, Levon Brooks, Alfred Dewayne Brown, Franky Carrillo, Keith Harward, Thomas Haynesworth, Chester Hollman II, and Kenneth Wyniemko. The focus … Continue Reading →

Special Eyewitness Evidence Issue in Judicature

April 17, 2020

The Spring issue of Judicature’s features a symposium on eyewitness evidence in the courts, with contributions by Tom Albright, Judge Jed Rakoff, Judge Theodore McKee, Chad Dodson, and Brandon Garrett, including pieces describing work by Dodson, Garrett, and collaborators, funded … Continue Reading →

Media Coverage of State COVID-Related Prison Releases/Policy

April 16, 2020

Updated July 7.  Below is a running resource with links to media coverage of state prison policy related to COVID-19, by Deniz Ariturk, recent graduate of the MA program in Bioethics and Science Policy at Duke University:

National Coverage:

NYT:… Continue Reading →

State Supreme Court Orders in Response to COVID-19

April 15, 2020

Updated April 27.  COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the justice system, as shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders have been declared throughout the country and a National Emergency was declared in mid-March. The judicial response to COVID-19 has varied state-by-state. … Continue Reading →

State Prison Responses to COVID-19

April 15, 2020

Updated May 12. The information below has been collected for the Center for Science and Justice from state corrections departments’ official websites, by Deniz Ariturk, recent graduate of the MA program in Bioethics and Science Policy at Duke University. States’ … Continue Reading →

National Resources, Coverage, and Policies on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice

National Resources, Coverage, and Policies on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice

April 14, 2020

From Duke Law third-year Juliet Park (outgoing President of our Criminal Law Society), below is amazing and detailed work shared with CSJ from her research during her internship this Spring  at the Durham District Attorney’s Office.

N.C. editorials and articles:… Continue Reading →

Local Jails Need Statewide Protection from COVID-19

April 13, 2020

COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge to the criminal justice system, and in particular to the safe operation of jails and detention centers. The Cook County Jail in Chicago is now the largest source of COVID-19 infections in the United States, … Continue Reading →

Fines, Fees, and Driver’s License Suspensions

April 10, 2020

We have just published in the Duke Law Journal, an empirical article that grew out of an earlier report analyzing driver’s license suspensions in North Carolina.  The piece, by William Crozier and Brandon Garrett is: “Driven to Failure: An Empirical … Continue Reading →

NC COVID-19 and Criminal Justice Resources

April 3, 2020

Updated July 2.  We aim to maintain a running repository of news coverage, court orders, filings, letters, and policy regarding North Carolina COVID-19 response in the criminal system. This resource collection was created by Deniz Ariturk, recent graduate of the … Continue Reading →

Why Jails Matter in the Fight Against COVID-19

April 3, 2020

Anna Flagg and Joe Neff reporting in the Marshall Project and NYT Upshot – with wonderful jail churn data visualization:

Picture thousands of cruise ships jammed with guests but short on hand sanitizer, protective gear and medical care. Every week, … Continue Reading →

Justice in Forensic Algorithms

April 1, 2020

CSJ Director Brandon Garrett’s new piece in the Harvard Data Science Review, a comment on a new piece by Cynthia Rudin, Caroline Wang, and Beau Coker, titled “The Age of Secrecy and Unfairness in Recidivism Prediction.”  An excerpt:

I write … Continue Reading →