1 in 3 Americans Directly Impacted by Legal Fees & Fines

At least 17 million families with children sacrifice essentials due to court debt The United States’ overreliance on legal fees and fines is directly impacting one in three American families, according to a new survey just released from the Fines and Fees Justice Center and the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law. The new report exposes […]

May 24, 2023

Wilson Center Releases Policy Brief on Medicaid Access

Today the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law releases a new Policy Brief: Ensuring Access to Medicaid During and After Incarceration: Key Policy Considerations in the Wake of Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina. On March 27, 2023, Governor Roy Cooper signed legislation to expand access to Medicaid, which will make an estimated 600,000 North […]

May 8, 2023

Durham Events Spotlight Stories from the Criminal Legal System

Durham Events Spotlight Stories from the Criminal Legal System DURHAM, N.C. – April has been proclaimed Second Chance Month in North Carolina, Durham County and nationally. Each year, Second Chance Month highlights the importance – to individuals and communities – of helping people successfully return from incarceration. Members of the public and press are invited […]

April 19, 2023

Policy Director Angie Weis Gammell Speaks at Hearing on Police Use of Force

East Lansing, Michigan hosted a public hearing in March on police use of force that included experts and community members. Center Policy Director Angie Weis Gammell was invited to speak at this hearing on best practices for use of force policies. Weis Gammell presented the American Law Institute’s Use of Force Principles and discussed how East Lansing […]

April 1, 2023

Sixth Harris County Bail Monitor Report Released

Center Faculty Director Brandon Garrett, the Independent Bail Monitor in the ODonnell v. Harris County Consent Decree, and Deputy Monitor Sandra Guerra Thompson released their sixth 6-month report last month. The Consent Decree introduced large-scale bail reforms with secured money bonds no longer required for most misdemeanor cases. The monitors found that public safety continues to benefit. Bail reforms […]

March 15, 2023

NC Supreme Court Imposes Limits on Severe Punishment for Youth

Last week, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued two important decisions concerning the way our state imposes prison time on people who committed crimes when they were children. In State v. Kelliher and State v. Conner, the Court reiterated that children are different than adults and that the North Carolina Constitution imposes “limits on the […]

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June 27, 2022

New Wilson Center Report Highlights 7-Year Evolution of Eyewitness Identification 

For Immediate Release: May 20, 2022  DURHAM, N.C. – Eyewitness identification has come a long way in the past seven years – the last time the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) summarized the state of research in that area. There have been important new research contributions and increased adoption of reforms in related practices by courts, […]

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May 20, 2022

Wilson Center Applauds Gov. Roy Cooper for Exercising Clemency Power

Late last week, Gov. Roy Cooper announced he would commute the sentences of April Barber, Joshua McKay, and Anthony Willis – three individuals who were sentenced to long terms in prison for crimes they committed when they were teenagers. This is the first time Cooper has exercised his clemency power since he was elected Governor […]

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March 17, 2022