Effects of COVID-19 on Community Programs for Justice-involved Adults with Behavioral Health Disorders

by Dr. Allison Robertson, Associate Professor, Services Effectiveness Research Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine Much important attention is focusing on how the COVID-19 pandemic is gravely affecting people who are incarcerated in US jails and prisons, a crisis that is worsening daily. There are also very serious concerns about justice-involved people who […]

April 28, 2020

Consenting to Relief to Remove Vulnerable People from Prison

Updated May 4, 2020:  On April 23, this post discussed the use of consent MAR’s to address the risk from COVID-19 to individuals in North Carolina’s prisons.  Since then, the risk from COVID-19 in prisons has increased. Pending litigation challenges the response from the prison system to COVID-19.  In response to the litigation, Superior Court […]

April 23, 2020

Our NC Fines and Fees Data Website

Today we launched a new CSJ report on the explosion of fines and fees in North Carolina.  As a companion to the report, we created, with outstanding work by Caroline Levenson, Duke Class of ’22, a data resource website here.  The About page where you start, gives you a brief overview of our findings – […]

April 22, 2020

Our New Report: The Explosion of Unpaid Criminal Fines and Fees in NC

A new report, just released by the Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law, analyzes the burden of fines and fees in North Carolina. Unpaid court debt, much of it stemming from minor traffic infractions, affects one in 12 North Carolinians – a disproportionate number of them minority residents – and we are calling on state […]

The Innocence Files

The new Netflix series, the “Innocence Files,” features the stories of eight Innocence Project exoneration cases. The exonerates are: Kennedy Brewer, Levon Brooks, Alfred Dewayne Brown, Franky Carrillo, Keith Harward, Thomas Haynesworth, Chester Hollman II, and Kenneth Wyniemko. The focus of the series is flawed forensics, eyewitness misidentifications, and prosecutorial misconduct  – three (of many) […]

April 20, 2020

Special Eyewitness Evidence Issue in Judicature

The Spring issue of Judicature’s features a symposium on eyewitness evidence in the courts, with contributions by Tom Albright, Judge Jed Rakoff, Judge Theodore McKee, Chad Dodson, and Brandon Garrett, including pieces describing work by Dodson, Garrett, and collaborators, funded by Arnold Ventures and presented at Duke CSJ events last year. Tom Albright and Judge […]

April 17, 2020

Media Coverage of State COVID-Related Prison Releases/Policy

Updated July 7.  Below is a running resource with links to media coverage of state prison policy related to COVID-19, by Deniz Ariturk, recent graduate of the MA program in Bioethics and Science Policy at Duke University: National Coverage: NYT: Coronavirus Cases Rise Sharply in Prisons Even as They Plateau Neationwide (June 16) US Supreme Court […]

April 16, 2020

State Supreme Court Orders in Response to COVID-19

Updated April 27.  COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the justice system, as shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders have been declared throughout the country and a National Emergency was declared in mid-March. The judicial response to COVID-19 has varied state-by-state. The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) maintains up to date state profiles briefly summarizing […]

April 15, 2020