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Advances in Programs for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

Tuesday, August 24 — 12:30 PM • Virtual
Join the Wilson Center for Science and Justice for an expert panel discussion about frontline programs for individuals returning from incarceration and how they can support re-entry with healthcare and peer support. This event will focus on meeting program clients’ behavioral health needs. Our panelists are Shira Shavit, MD, Executive Director of the Transitions Clinic Network (TCN) out of San Francisco; Joseph Calderon, Senior Community Health Worker with TCN; Evan Ashkin, MD, Director of the North Carolina Formerly Incarcerated Transition (FIT) Program; and Tommy Green, NC FIT Program Lead Community Health Worker (CHW) and the Orange County CHW. Our expert panelists have direct involvement with development and practice in frontline programming, both nationally and in NC. Dr. Allison Gilbert, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will moderate. Registration is required: https://bit.ly/Reentryprograms. Sponsored by the Wilson Center. For more information, contact Marlyn Dail at wcsj@law.duke.edu.

Novel Justice

A Pattern of Violence: How the Law Classifies Crimes and What It Means for Justice by David Sklansky

Wednesday, September 22 — 12:30 PM • Virtual
Novel Justice is a book event series hosted by the Wilson Center for Science and Justice. We invite authors to discuss recently published criminal justice books and to engage in Q&A with faculty and students. David Sklansky is the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and faculty co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center. His book, A Pattern of Violence: How the Law Classifies Crimes and What It Means for Justice, reveals how inconsistent ideas about violence, enshrined in law, are at the root of the problems that plague our entire criminal justice system—from mass incarceration to police brutality. Join us for a conversation and Q&A with Sklansky about his work. The book can be purchased here: https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674248908. Registration is required. RSVP here: bit.ly/patternviolence. Sponsored by the Wilson Center for Science and Justice. For more information, contact Marlyn Dail at wcsj@law.duke.edu.

Punishment Without Trial: Why Plea Bargaining Is a Bad Deal by Carissa Hessick

Tuesday, October 26 — 12:30 PM • Virtual
Novel Justice is a book event series hosted by the Wilson Center for Science and Justice. We invite authors to discuss recently published criminal justice books and to engage in Q&A with faculty and students. Carissa Hessick is the Ransdell Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she also serves as the director of the Prosecutors and Politics Project. Her book, Punishment Without Trial: Why Plea Bargaining Is a Bad Deal, a provocative and timely exploration of how plea bargaining prevents true criminal justice reform and how we can fix it. The book, out Oct. 12, can be pre-ordered here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08WJVBRD1/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0. Join us for a conversation and Q&A with Hessick about her work. Registration is required. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/Pleabargaining. Sponsored by the Wilson Center for Science and Justice. For more information, contact Marlyn Dail at wcsj@law.duke.edu.

Criminal Justice Works in Progress

The Wilson Center has been organizing Criminal Justice Works in Progress gatherings on Mondays on Zoom. Please let us know if you would like to join or present (email us at WCSJ@law.duke.edu).

Upcoming Schedule (EST):

  • Postponed to fall – Avani Mehta Sood (UC Berkeley Law), “Reaching a Verdict: Testing the Legal and Psychological Effects of Verdict Format in Criminal Cases”

Past Events

Mental Illness and the Criminally Accused

The Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law hosts a roundtable discussion about people with mental illnesses who are criminally accused and found incompetent to proceed in the criminal legal system. Topics include how competency restoration poses a challenge and costly management problem for state mental health and criminal legal systems; alternative pathways to community reentry for this population; the ethical-legal aspects; how mental health authorities and policymakers in different states are (or aren't) dealing with it, and what should be done. Panelists are Dr. Reena Kapoor, from Yale School of Medicine; Dr. Debra Pinals, from University of Michigan Law and Medicine; W. Lawrence Fitch, from University of Maryland Francis King Cary School of Law; and Dr. William Fisher, who works with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. Dr. Jeffrey Swanson from Duke School of Medicine moderated.

Fitch and Swanson on Civil Commitment

Civil commitment and the mental health care continuum: Historical trends and principles for law and practice. Jeffrey Swanson is Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. Larry Fitch is a lawyer on the faculty of the University of Maryland, where he teaches classes on mental health law in the Law School and lectures in the forensic psychiatry fellowship program in the Medical School.

Novel Justice | The Feminist War On Crime by Aya Gruber

Novel Justice is a book event series hosted by the Wilson Center for Science and Justice. We invite authors to discuss recently published criminal justice books and to engage in Q&A with faculty and students. Aya Gruber is Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School. Her book, The Feminist War on Crime: the Unexpected Role of Women's Liberation in Mass Incarceration, documents the failure of the state to combat sexual and domestic violence through law and punishment. Join us for a conversation and Q&A with Gruber about her work. Wilson Center Director Brandon Garrett is host.

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is a community-based diversion approach with the goals of improving public safety and public order and reducing unnecessary justice system involvement of people who participate in the program. A panel of experts discussed their work and experience with LEAD. They are Lisa Daugaard, Director of the Public Defender Association; Reed Baer, Deputy Chief of Police of the Hickory Police Department in North Carolina; and Charlton Roberson, a peer support specialist from Fayetteville's LEAD program. Allison Robertson, Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke, and Melissia Larson, LEAD Coordinator at North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, moderated.

Autopsy of a Crime Lab | Exploding the Myth of Fingerprint Infallibility with Sharia Mayfield

Brandon Garrett, the L. Neil Williams Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law and Director of the Wilson Center for Science and Justice, discusses his recent book: "Autopsy of a Crime Lab Exposing the Flaws in Forensics." Sharia Mayfield discusses the myth of fingerprint infallibility. This video was filmed and edited by Pitch Story Lab, the student-run creative agency at Duke University.

Autopsy of a Crime Lab | Wrongful Convictions

Brandon Garrett, the L. Neil Williams Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law and Director of the Wilson Center for Science and Justice, discusses his recent book: "Autopsy of a Crime Lab Exposing the Flaws in Forensics." Keith Harward discusses his release after his wrongful conviction involving bad forensics. This video was filmed and edited by Pitch Story Lab, the student-run creative agency at Duke University.

Autopsy of a Crime Lab | An Interview with Itiel Dror

Brandon Garrett, the L. Neil Williams Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law and Director of the Wilson Center for Science and Justice, discusses his recent book: "Autopsy of a Crime Lab Exposing the Flaws in Forensics." Itiel Dror, a cognitive neuroscientist, discusses how bias affects forensics methods. This video was filmed and edited by Pitch Story Lab, the student-run creative agency at Duke University.

Autopsy of a Crime Lab | Dispelling the myth of a perfect forensic match

Brandon Garrett, the L. Neil Williams Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law and Director of the Wilson Center for Science and Justice, discusses his recent book: "Autopsy of a Crime Lab Exposing the Flaws in Forensics." This video was filmed and edited by Pitch Story Lab, the student-run creative agency at Duke University.

Autopsy of a Crime Lab

Duke Law Professor and Wilson Center Director Brandon Garrett's new book, Autopsy of a Crime Lab, Exposing the Flaws in Forensics, is the first to catalog the sources of error and the faulty science behind a range of well-known forensic evidence, from fingerprints and firearms to forensic algorithms. This video documents a roundtable discussion about the book and its findings with Garrett; Erin Murphy, Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties at New York University School of Law; Edward Cheng, the Hess Chair in Law at Vanderbilt Law School; and Jennifer Mnookin, Dean, Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Professor of Law, and Faculty Co-Director of Program on Understanding Law, Science and Evidence at UCLA Law.

A Blueprint for Bail Reform

Duke Law professor and Wilson Center Director Brandon Garrett and Sandra Guerra Thompson, professor of law and director of the Criminal Justice Institute at the University of Houston Law Center, discuss their work as independent monitors for a landmark bail reform settlement in Texas. This settlement could become a national model for cash bail reform. The discussion is followed by a Q & A.

Community Re-entry for the Formerly Incarcerated

Formerly incarcerated individuals face many barriers when re-entering their communities. Learn more about those barriers and the programs successfully addressing them, and hear from formerly incarcerated individuals who have experienced trying to re-enter society. The roundtable for this event includes Alice Marie Johnson, a criminal justice reform advocate and former federal prisoner pardoned by former President Donald Trump; Dontae Sharpe, a North Carolina exoneree who now works at Forward Justice; and Elenore Wade, who teaches as a Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Law & Friedman Fellow at The George Washington University Law School's Prisoner & Reentry Clinic. The panel is followed by a Q&A. Wilson Center Director Brandon Garrett moderates.

Novel Justice | Evaluating Police Uses of Force by Seth Stoughton

Seth W. Stoughton is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law and an Associate Professor (Affiliate) in the university's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. His book, Evaluating Police Uses of Force, explores a critical but largely overlooked facet of the difficult and controversial issues of police violence and accountability: how does society evaluate use-of-force incidents? This video records a conversation and following Q&A with Stoughton about his work. Wilson Center Director Brandon Garrett moderates. Novel Justice is a book event series hosted by the Wilson Center for Science and Justice. We invite authors to discuss recently published criminal justice books and to engage in Q&A with faculty and students.

Six Trials and 23 Years: Curtis Flowers Talks Justice with the Wilson Center

Curtis Flowers is a Mississippi man who was tried six times for the same crime and whose case was the subject of Season 2 of the APM Reports podcast "In the Dark". He spent nearly 23 years behind bars and endured six trials and four death sentences for four murders he has always maintained he did not commit. Flowers' case was one of three that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June 2016 were to be remanded to lower courts to be reviewed for evidence of racial bias in jury selection. Flowers participates in this event with his attorney, Henderson Hill, to discuss his years-long saga and the injustices of a system zeroed in on convicting him.

Alternatives to Police Response to Behavioral Crises

Police have become the de facto first responders to behavioral health crises despite rarely receiving adequate training to safely and effectively handle the situation. The consequences of this are reflected in the disproportionate number of people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders killed by police every year and held in jails and prisons. A panel of experts - Dr. Tracie Keesee, Co-founder and Senior Vice President of Justice Initiatives at the Center for Policing Equity; Timothy Black, Director of Consulting for White Bird Clinic; and Christy E. Lopez, Professor from Practice at Georgetown Law - discuss alternatives to police responses when it comes to behavioral health crises. Dr. Marvin Swartz, from Duke Health, moderates.

Ben Finholt | Describes the Just Sentencing Project to the Wilson Center for Science and Justice

Ben Finholt, Director, Just Sentencing Project with NC Prisoner Legal Services, summarizes the organization's mission and work to the Wilson Center. He spoke with students working with the Wilson Center during Spring 2021.

30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act: A look at the past, present and future

This year marks the 30th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. A panel of experts joined us for a Q&A exploring the past, present and future of the ADA and how and the extent to which it has increased access to services for an entire generation. Dr.Marvin Swartz moderated the panel: Jennifer Mathis, Deputy Legal Director and Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law; John Petrila, Senior Executive Vice President of Policy of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute; and Holly Stiles, Litigation Counsel, of Disability Rights NC.

Wilsons 4 Justice

A celebration of the renaming of the Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law to honor a generous donation from alumnus and philanthropist Derek Wilson. The event features a keynote roundtable with renowned ProPublica and New York Times Magazine journalist Pamela Colloff, Texas parolee Joe Bryan and Duke Law rising 3L Sarah Champion, who worked on an amicus brief in Bryan's case.

Punishment without Crime: A Book Panel Discussion with Alexandra Natapoff

A panel discussion of Alexandra Natapoff's book, "Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal, with Prof. Natapoff; Adam Gershowitz, professor at William & Mary Law School; Eisha Jain, visiting professor at Duke Law; and Vikrant Reddy, senior research fellow at the Charles Koch Institute. Professor Brandon Garrett moderates.

Rachel Elise Barkow: Prisoners of Politics

Professor Rachel Barkow discusses her new book, Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration. Rachel Elise Barkow is the Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy and Faculty Director, Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at NYU.

When They See Us: A Conversation with Two of the Exonerated Five

At the launch event for the Duke Center for Science and Justice, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana, two members of the Exonerated Five, tell their stories to a Duke Law audience. They are the subjects of the Netflix series "When They See Us," which focuses on the conviction and later exoneration of Mr. Salaam, Mr. Santana and three others in the infamous Central Park jogger case.

Driver's License Suspensions in North Carolina

Professor Brandon Garrett and Daniel Bowes of the North Carolina Justice Center lead a discussion of driver's license suspensions in North Carolina. Also speaking are individuals who have had their driver's license suspended about how the experience affected their lives.

Getting Forensics Right

What are the stakes when forensics go wrong? Keith Harward tells his story: he was exonerated by DNA testing, but spent 33 years in prison in Virginia for a murder he did not commit, based on multiple erroneous bite mark comparisons. Peter Neufeld, co-founder and co-director of the Innocence Project joins in the conversation. M. Chris Fabricant, who directs special litigation for the Innocence Project, moderates. Prof. Brandon Garrett introduces the panel.