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

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 fired by one department, often for something serious, but who later found work in another […]

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February 8, 2021

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

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 navigating justice system re-entry. After staying in a shelter for an extended period of time, […]

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February 4, 2021

Brayne Talks Police Surveillance in First Novel Justice Event

By Belle Allmendinger The Wilson Center welcomed Sarah Brayne, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, for the first installment of the Novel Justice series, which invites recently published criminal justice authors to present their work and discuss their findings. Brayne’s book, Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion and the Future of […]

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February 1, 2021

Wilson Center’s Fall Students Bring Excitement, Passion for Criminal Justice Work

More than 40 students worked with the Wilson Center during the fall semester, with many continuing on with their projects this spring. The Duke University undergraduates, law students, and graduate students worked across more than 10 projects, bringing their excitement and passion for criminal justice research in their work, according to Research Director Dr. William Crozier. “Despite the […]

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Online Conference Offers Scholars Maximum Feedback on Research

By Belle Allmendinger The Wilson Center and Duke Law’s Ben Grunwald hosted the inaugural Empirical Criminal Law Roundtable in December. “We are so pleased to have gathered together such an impressive and collegial group of scholars from across the country, to share their works in progress and provide feedback designed to improve the quality of […]

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January 29, 2021

A Deeper Dive into the Recent Racial Equity Task Force Recommendations

By Annie Han In December, North Carolina’s Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice (TREC) released 125 recommendations that encompass all aspects of the criminal justice system, starting with police contact, then the courts, and sentencing. “North Carolina can reimagine public safety to provide accountability for victims and safety for communities without the grotesque […]

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January 22, 2021

Connection, Trust, and Recovery: A New Series About Peer Support

Editor’s Note: If you’ve ever needed help but weren’t sure where to turn, then you know how important just one trustworthy guide can be. This blog post is the first of an occasional series called “Connection, Trust, and Recovery,” by Michele Easter. The series is about how peer supporters can help people who are returning […]

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January 14, 2021

Wilson Center Executive Director to Return to Private Practice

Thomas Maher, who has served as Executive Director at the Wilson Center, will be departing to return to private practice on January 1. Maher, who has taught criminal trial practice to Duke Law students for nearly 30 years, joined the Center in March 2020. He is returning to criminal defense work in the hopes of […]

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January 1, 2021