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

State Prison Responses to COVID-19

Updated May 12. The information below has been collected for the Center for Science and Justice from state corrections departments’ official websites, by Deniz Ariturk, recent graduate of the MA program in Bioethics and Science Policy at Duke University. States’ responses to COVID-19 have been quite varied, as has been the amount of information they provide […]

National Resources, Coverage, and Policies on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice

From Duke Law third-year Juliet Park (outgoing President of our Criminal Law Society), below is amazing and detailed work shared with CSJ from her research during her internship this Spring  at the Durham District Attorney’s Office. N.C. editorials and articles: NC COVID-19 and Criminal Justice Resources Public health experts have requested to Gov. Roy Cooper […]

April 14, 2020

Local Jails Need Statewide Protection from COVID-19

COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge to the criminal justice system, and in particular to the safe operation of jails and detention centers. The Cook County Jail in Chicago is now the largest source of COVID-19 infections in the United States, and three people held in the jail have now died. This situation should alarm anyone […]

April 13, 2020

Fines, Fees, and Driver’s License Suspensions

We have just published in the Duke Law Journal, an empirical article that grew out of an earlier report analyzing driver’s license suspensions in North Carolina.  The piece, by William Crozier and Brandon Garrett is: “Driven to Failure: An Empirical Analysis of Driver’s License Suspension in North Carolina.” A person’s interest in a driver’s license […]

April 10, 2020

NC COVID-19 and Criminal Justice Resources

Updated July 2.  We aim to maintain a running repository of news coverage, court orders, filings, letters, and policy regarding North Carolina COVID-19 response in the criminal system. This resource collection was created by Deniz Ariturk, recent graduate of the MA program in Bioethics and Science Policy at Duke University. Please let us know ( of any […]

April 3, 2020

Why Jails Matter in the Fight Against COVID-19

Anna Flagg and Joe Neff reporting in the Marshall Project and NYT Upshot – with wonderful jail churn data visualization: Picture thousands of cruise ships jammed with guests but short on hand sanitizer, protective gear and medical care. Every week, a quarter of the passengers get off, replaced by new people with the potential to either […]

Justice in Forensic Algorithms

CSJ Director Brandon Garrett’s new piece in the Harvard Data Science Review, a comment on a new piece by Cynthia Rudin, Caroline Wang, and Beau Coker, titled “The Age of Secrecy and Unfairness in Recidivism Prediction.”  An excerpt: I write to comment on “The Age of Secrecy and Unfairness in Recidivism Prediction,” a wonderful new […]

April 1, 2020