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Eyewitness Conference Examines Importance, Pitfalls of Evidence

By: Sydney Gaviser Eyewitness testimony is one of the oldest and most basic forms of trial evidence. If a witness sees a person commit a crime, reports to the police, and is able to identify the culprit in a lineup procedure, the system must have worked. Unfortunately, research tells us that eyewitnesses can and do make […]

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November 30, 2020

Swartz: Closing Coverage Gaps to Promote Successful Prison Reentry for Persons with Mental Illness

Dr. Marvin S. Swartz, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke and a faculty member at the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at the Duke School of Law recently wrote a piece for Care4Carolina about a key element of successful reentry programs for individuals with severe mental illness: ongoing […]

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November 25, 2020

Wilson Researchers to Bail Working Group: Durham Jail Population Down after Reforms but we Need Better Data

Researchers from the Wilson Center for Science and Justice have been scraping jail data in Durham in an effort to analyze pretrial policies and practices concerning the use of cash bail. Wilson Center Research Director William E. Crozier, Center Director Brandon L. Garrett, and PhD. candidate Arvind Krishnamurthy wrote “The Transparency of Jail Data,” an […]

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November 24, 2020

Upcoming Paper Encourages Redistribution of Police Power

By De’Ja Wood Over the summer, the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, sparked national protests and discourse about the need for radical police reform. Organizers across the nation called on their local and state governments to defund the police, invest in community resources that address the conditions that create violence within communities, and […]

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November 20, 2020

Firearms Testimony: Should it be the Smoking Gun?

By Alexi DeLara  In recent decades, researchers, judges, and journalists have raised questions regarding the reliability of a range of widely utilized forensic techniques. This includes, but is not limited to, forensic comparison methods, such as latent fingerprint and firearm comparisons. The article, “Mock Jurors’ Evaluation of Firearm Examiner Testimony Notes,” written by Brandon L. […]

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November 19, 2020

Join Our Team: Wilson Center Hiring an Associate Director

The Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law School is hiring an Associate Director. From the job description: The Wilson Center for Science and Justice aims to conduct interdisciplinary research to advance criminal justice and civil rights. The Center’s mission includes three important components: (1) research, (2) policy and law reform, and (3) […]

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November 18, 2020

Remembering Roger Hood, a Champion of Justice and International Leader in Criminology

By Brandon Garrett Last night, Roger Hood, a champion of justice and international leader in criminology and in death penalty research, the founder of the Centre of Criminology at Oxford, and the greatest friend and mentor, to myself and countless other scholars, passed away in Oxford. His most recent work examined the death penalty in […]

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November 17, 2020

Wilson Center’s Dr. Marvin Swartz Helps with New Mental Health Crisis App

Dr. Marvin Swartz, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University and part of the Wilson Center’s Behavioral Health Core, served as a consultant for a new My Mental Health Crisis Plan app and SAMHSA’s psychiatric advanced directive (PAD) toolkit. Psychiatric News published an article last week about the app, which provides a […]

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November 16, 2020