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Research Seeks to Assess How Eyewitness ID Speed is Interpreted Regarding Accuracy

March 9, 2021

By Ruthie Kesri

Criminal justice is front and center this election season. Politicians across the country are increasingly aware of the need for reforms addressing the high risk of wrongful conviction within this system.

“Eyewitness Identification Speed: Slow Identifications from … Continue Reading →

Houston Bail Monitor One-Year Report Shows Increased Releases, Reduced Use of Cash Bail

March 8, 2021

HOUSTON, T.X. – The independent monitors overseeing Harris County’s historic bail reform agreement filed their report describing their first year of work and findings with the federal court this week, noting an increase in releases, a reduced use of cash … Continue Reading →

Wilson Center Offering New Summer Internship Opportunities

March 4, 2021

The Wilson Center is recruiting Summer 2021 Research Interns (undergraduate students) and Summer Research Fellows (graduate students) for remote research opportunities. The paid Summer Research Program aims to provide empirical research and networking opportunities for students interested in careers in … Continue Reading →

Curtis Flowers, Attorney Talk Justice, Death Row, Innocence and Hope for a Better Legal System

March 1, 2021

By Annie Han

Curtis Flowers recently joined The Wilson Center to discuss his experience of being tried six times for the same four murders he didn’t commit and serving 23 years on death row. He was joined by his North … Continue Reading →

Ongoing Research Offers Insight into Implementing Psychiatric Advance Directives

February 26, 2021

By Belle Allmendinger

People with severe mental illness, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, can experience crisis in which they are unable to make competent decisions and by themselves cannot give consent to treatment. As a result, they may be … Continue Reading →

Roundtable: There are Better Alternatives to Police Response in Behavioral Crises

February 22, 2021

By Ruthie Kesri

Responding safely to behavioral health crises requires sensitivity, extensive training and de-escalation practice. Police have become the de facto first responders to those crises despite rarely receiving adequate training to safely and effectively handle the situation.

The … Continue Reading →

Urban Institute Report: NC Revocations on Decline Thanks to Justice Reinvestment Act

February 18, 2021

By Annie Han

The Urban Institute recently released an assessment of the outcomes from changes made to the Supervision Revocation Policy in 2011. The report examines outcomes for individuals on probation, post-release supervision, and parole supervision before and after the … Continue Reading →

Durham Invests in Police Alternative to Address Gun Violence

February 16, 2021

By De’Ja Wood

The 2020 murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, and countless others catalyzed national protests against the police state and discourse about the need to reimagine public safety. Organizers across the nation, including in … Continue Reading →

The Key to Public Safety? Time, and Officers Need More of It

February 11, 2021

By Brandon Garrett

I recently spoke to Washington state legislators about the proposed HB 1310, a bill introduced in January that concerns permissible uses of force by law enforcement and correctional officers.

I explained, in brief remarks, that it has … Continue Reading →

Attorney for Man Granted Clemency: At Minimum, Legal System Should Clear Hurdles for Exonerated

February 9, 2021

By Ruthie Kesri

Gov. Roy Cooper announced in late December he would be issuing pardons of innocence to five men he believed were innocent, serving time for crimes they did not commit.

Cooper’s actions allow for those five men to … Continue Reading →

Duke Professor Co-Authors Washington Post Opinion Piece About ‘Broken’ Policing System

February 8, 2021

John Rappaport and Ben Grunwald are no strangers to writing about flaws in the American policing system – you may recognize their bylines from their research last year about wandering officers, a coin they termed for police officers who were … Continue Reading →

Support During Justice System Re-entry: A Look at Critical Time Intervention

February 4, 2021

By Chinmay Amin

It’s widely documented that individuals who live in homeless shelters and suffer from mental illness often experience cycles of recurrent homelessness during their transition to living independently. The same is true for homeless persons with mental illness … Continue Reading →