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Upcoming

Community Re-entry for the Formerly Incarcerated

Thursday, March 9 – 12:30 PM • Virtual
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 is Alice Marie Johnson, a criminal justice reform advocate and former federal prisoner pardoned by former President Donald Trump; Dontae Sharp, 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 in The George Washington University Law School’s Prisoner & Reentry Clinic. There will be time for Q&A. Wilson Center Director Brandon Garrett will moderate. Registration required. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/Re-entryRSVP. Sponsored by the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law. For more information, contact Marlyn Dail at wcsj@law.duke.edu.

A Blueprint for Bail Reform

Thursday, March 18 – 12:30 PM • Virtual
Duke Law professor and Wilson Center Director Brandon Garrett was appointed last year as independent monitor for a landmark bail reform settlement in Texas that could become a national model for cash bail reform. He and deputy monitor Sandra Guerra Thompson, professor of law and director of the Criminal Justice Institute at the University of Houston Law Center, will discuss their work and first two reports to the court. This event will also feature a Q&A. Registration is required. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/BailReformRSVP. Sponsored by the Wilson Center for Science and Justice and co-sponsored by the Duke Criminal Law Society, the Duke Black Law Students Association, Duke Science and Society and Duke Law Federalist Society. For more information, contact Marlyn Dail at wcsj@law.duke.edu.

Autopsy of a Crime Lab

Thursday, March 25 – 12:30 PM • Virtual
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. Join us for 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. This event will also feature a Q&A. Registration is required. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/AutopsyRSVP. Sponsored by the Wilson Center for Science and Justice. For more information, contact Marlyn Dail at wcsj@law.duke.edu.

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion

Thursday, April 1 – 12:30 PM • Virtual
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is a community-based diversion approach with the goals of improving public safety, connecting people who use drugs to services and treatment, and reducing unnecessary justice system involvement among program participants. Join us for a panel of experts who will discuss their work and experience with LEAD. They are Lisa Daugaard, Director of the Public Defender Association; Maj. 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, will moderate. This event will also feature a Q&A. Registration is required. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/LEAssistedDiversion. Sponsored by the Wilson Center for Science and Justice. For more information, contact Marlyn Dail at wcsj@law.duke.edu.

Novel Justice

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.

Tuesday, April 6 – 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. 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 will moderate. The book can be purchased on Amazon, https://bit.ly/FemWarUC. Registration is required. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/GruberRSVP. The first five people to register will receive a special Wilson Center gift. 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):

  • April 12, 2021 – 11 am – Avlana Eisenberg (FSU Law), “TBD”
  • May 24, 2021 – 11 am – Avani Mehta Sood (UC Berkeley Law), “Reaching a Verdict: Testing the Legal and Psychological Effects of Verdict Format in Criminal Cases”

Past Events

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. Four of the trials resulted in convictions, all of which were overturned on appeal. 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. He was finally freed in 2020 when the Mississippi Attorney General's Office dismissed indictments against him. 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, will moderate. This event features a Q&A.

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.

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.