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Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Focuses on Services and Treatment Over Arrest

April 15, 2021

By De’Ja Wood

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is a community-based diversion program with the goal of reimagining public safety by decriminalizing drug abuse. Within LEAD, officers reduce unnecessary justice involvement for those struggling with substance use by connecting people … Continue Reading →

Growing Above and Beyond: UCAN Farming Skills Support Reentry

April 12, 2021

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of an occasional series from the Wilson Center’s Michele Easter examining the intersection of nature and agriculture to support recovery, resilience, and community success within justice-involved communities. The logo for this series was … Continue Reading →

Event Recap: A Blueprint for Bail Reform

April 1, 2021

By Chinmay Amin

In Harris County, Texas, hearing officers and judges in low-level misdemeanor cases had relied on a cash-bail system prior to 2019. In setting misdemeanor bail, the hearing officers and judges did not routinely inquire into public safety, … Continue Reading →

Amicus: NC Court Should Not Have Admitted Dentist as Expert on Bite Mark Evidence

March 30, 2021

By Belle Allmendinger

A trial court in North Carolina should not have admitted as an expert a dentist who testified about bite mark evidence in State v. Jonathan Richardson, given the “unanimous scientific consensus that this type of evidence is … Continue Reading →

COVID Settlement Means NC Will Release 3,500 Incarcerated People Early

March 26, 2021

By Ruthie Kesri

North Carolina will release 3,500 prisoners in state custody early over the next six-months after N.C. civil rights groups struck an agreement with Governor Cooper’s administration.

Under the terms of the agreement, the lawsuit, which alleges that … Continue Reading →

Faculty Spotlight Series: Fabiana Alceste

March 25, 2021

By De’Ja Wood

Dr. Fabiana Alceste is a Latina professor of psychology at Butler University who was born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised Miami, Florida. Dr. Alceste earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Bachelor of Science in … Continue Reading →

Emerging Health Model Proving Effective at Reducing Convictions, Jail Time

March 24, 2021

By Annie Han

Prisoners with mental health issues are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system, with over 37% in state or federal prisons diagnosed with mental illness. Their health and behavioral needs are often untreated, or they do not … Continue Reading →

Durham DA Highlights 2020 Successes, Partnerships in Annual Report

March 19, 2021

By Belle Allmendinger

The Durham District Attorney’s office released its 2020 Annual Report on February 18th, demonstrating the incredible work being done on several fronts. From advancing racial equity in the criminal legal system to adapting to socially distant courtrooms, … Continue Reading →

Organizations to US Attorney: Reduce Prison Population to Minimize COVID Risks

March 17, 2021

The Wilson Center for Science and Justice is one of several organizations that signed on to a letter last week urging U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to augment efforts to transfer federal incarcerated persons to home confinement and pursuant to … Continue Reading →

Reentry Event Highlights Need For More Resources

March 16, 2021

By De’Ja Wood

On Tuesday, March 9, Alice Marie Johnson and Dontae Sharpe joined the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law to discuss community re-entry challenges for those people who have been incarcerated.

Johnson is a criminal … Continue Reading →

Slobogin & Garrett’s ‘Law on Police’ and Reforms Today

March 12, 2021

By Annie Han

Months of Black Lives Matter marches across the nation followed the tragic murder of George Floyd to protest police use of excessive force against Black individuals. Professors Brandon L. Garrett of Duke Law School and Christopher Slobogin … Continue Reading →

Virginia Sentencing Commission References Wilson Center Work, UVA Colleagues in Annual Report

March 10, 2021

By Chinmay Amin

In its yearly report, the Virginia Sentencing Commission directly cited a recent paper co-authored by Wilson Center Director Brandon Garrett and colleagues John Monahan and Anne Metz.

The Commission is a state judicial branch agency made up … Continue Reading →