Emerging Health Model Proving Effective at Reducing Convictions, Jail Time

By Annie Han Prisoners with mental health issues are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system, with over 37% in state or federal prisons diagnosed with mental illness. Their health and behavioral needs are often untreated, or they do not receive proper care. They also face significant challenges upon release when transitioning back into the […]

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March 24, 2021

Durham DA Highlights 2020 Successes, Partnerships in Annual Report

By Belle Allmendinger The Durham District Attorney’s office released its 2020 Annual Report on February 18th, demonstrating the incredible work being done on several fronts. From advancing racial equity in the criminal legal system to adapting to socially distant courtrooms, this report highlights internal and external partnerships, including with the Wilson Center for Science and […]

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March 19, 2021

Organizations to US Attorney: Reduce Prison Population to Minimize COVID Risks

The Wilson Center for Science and Justice is one of several organizations that signed on to a letter last week urging U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to augment efforts to transfer federal incarcerated persons to home confinement and pursuant to compassionate release, and to not pursue re-incarceration of released persons. The single most effective strategy […]

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March 17, 2021

Reentry Event Highlights Need For More Resources

By De’Ja Wood On Tuesday, March 9, Alice Marie Johnson and Dontae Sharpe joined the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law to discuss community re-entry challenges for those people who have been incarcerated. Johnson is a criminal justice reform advocate and former federal prison who served almost 22 years in prison. It […]

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March 16, 2021

Slobogin & Garrett’s ‘Law on Police’ and Reforms Today

By Annie Han Months of Black Lives Matter marches across the nation followed the tragic murder of George Floyd to protest police use of excessive force against Black individuals. Professors Brandon L. Garrett of Duke Law School and Christopher Slobogin of Vanderbilt University School of Law recently assessed how American constitutional law continues to ignore […]

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March 12, 2021

Virginia Sentencing Commission References Wilson Center Work, UVA Colleagues in Annual Report

By Chinmay Amin In its yearly report, the Virginia Sentencing Commission directly cited a recent paper co-authored by Wilson Center Director Brandon Garrett and colleagues John Monahan and Anne Metz. The Commission is a state judicial branch agency made up of 17 members – appointed by the Virginia governor, chief justice, and the legislative branch […]

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March 10, 2021

Research Seeks to Assess How Eyewitness ID Speed is Interpreted Regarding Accuracy

By Ruthie Kesri Criminal justice is front and center this election season. Politicians across the country are increasingly aware of the need for reforms addressing the high risk of wrongful conviction within this system. “Eyewitness Identification Speed: Slow Identifications from Highly Confident Eyewitnesses Hurt Perceptions of Their Testimony,” is a paper authored by Chad S. […]

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March 9, 2021

Houston Bail Monitor One-Year Report Shows Increased Releases, Reduced Use of Cash Bail

HOUSTON, T.X. – The independent monitors overseeing Harris County’s historic bail reform agreement filed their report describing their first year of work and findings with the federal court this week, noting an increase in releases, a reduced use of cash bail, no change or a decline in repeat-offending, and the implementation of a range of […]

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March 8, 2021