Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice Makes Recommendations; Will Hear Public Comment

The North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice adopted three new recommendations Friday, including a duty to intervene and report for law enforcement officers, a prohibition of neck holds for law enforcement officers, and a North Carolina Supreme Court requirement of an assessment of ability to pay before levying fines and fees. […]

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July 27, 2020

Upcoming Duke Event: Defund the Police – A Discussion and Q&A

Duke Center for Science and Justice Director Brandon Garrett will moderate an event Saturday exploring the merits, issues, and trade-offs of defunding-to-reallocate budget initiatives. Defund the Police movements have been around a long time, but have emerged again more prominently and recently in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd. Panelists will discuss the […]

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July 24, 2020

Report: Justice System Must Improve Quality of Forensic Science for Courtroom Presentation

Is forensic science in the courtroom as trustworthy as it seems? Not always, according to a new report co-authored by Duke Center for Science and Justice Research Director William Crozier. “Faulty forensic science sometimes makes its way into the courtroom where jurors must evaluate its credibility,” the report abstract states. “But at least two factors […]

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Indy Week Publishes Powerful Letter to Cooper About COVID-19 in Prisons After Faye Brown’s Death

Ninety-eight people who are incarcerated in a federal prison in this country have died from COVID-19 in the past four months, and North Carolina is bearing the brunt of those losses with 25 deaths out of the Butner Federal Correctional Complex. There have also been six deaths in state-run prisons in North Carolina. Save for […]

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July 22, 2020

U Penn Law Faculty Discusses Pretrial Improvements at CSJ Crim Works in Progress

This week’s Duke Center for Science and Justice Crim Works in Progress webinar featured a presentation by Paul Heaton on his work about how enhanced public defense can improve pretrial outcomes and reduce racial disparities. Heaton, Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and a Senior Fellow and Academic Director of the Quattrone Center, […]

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July 21, 2020

UNC SOG Recruiting Police Departments for New Citation Project

Police chiefs across the state have been invited to participate in a pilot program run by the UNC School of Government’s Criminal Justice Innovation Lab (CJIL) and the NCACP: The Citation Project, which seeks to improve policing practices through implementation and rigorous evaluation of a model citation in lieu of arrest policy. Last week, the North Carolina […]

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July 20, 2020

Washington Post Weighs in on New Bill About Suspended Driver’s Licenses

The Washington Post editorial board weighed in recently about the unfair practice of suspending driver’s licenses over nonpayment of court fines and fees, calling the policy “self-defeating” to public safety. Last week, the Senate introduced the bipartisan Driving for Opportunity Act to create incentives to stop debt-based driver’s license suspensions. Read more about the pros of […]

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Duke Center for Science and Justice Postdoc Working to Improve Witness IDs

Duke Center for Science and Justice Postdoctoral Research Fellow Travis Seale-Carlisle has authored, along with other academics, a pre-print under review about how police should test a witness’s memory of a criminal perpetrator. Seale-Carlisle has been a postdoc with the Center for 10 months. He said the technology identified in the paper has strong potential […]

July 16, 2020