Category: Blog

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Letter to White House: Criminal Justice AI Should Not be ‘Black Box’ or Non-Transparent

By Brandon Garrett and Cynthia Rudin Today, as data-driven technologies have been implemented across a wide range of human activities, new warnings have been issued from a wide range of sources, academic, public policy, and government, regarding the dangers posed by artificial intelligence to society, democracy, and individual rights. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has […]

Connection, Trust, and Recovery: Interview with Sandra Lassiter, Others, of Stick & Stay Prevention

Editor’s Note: If you’ve ever needed help but weren’t sure where to turn, then you know how important just one trustworthy guide can be. This blog post is part of an occasional series called “Connection, Trust, and Recovery,” by Michele Easter. Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSS) have lived experience of the struggles they are helping […]

Bass Connections Team Explores Need for Better Jail Data in North Carolina

“We can’t have any evidence-based solutions because we don’t have the evidence. We’re not able to gather and collect evidence. That’s why it’s very important that we have the data so that we can know what’s happening,” — A North Carolina criminal justice advocate on the need for a jail database, Report on the Utility […]

Wilson Center Receives Grant Funding for Plea Bargaining Work

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11 a.m., Nov. 12, 2021 CONTACT: Melissa Boughton (830) 481-6901 melissa.boughton@law.duke.edu DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law have received just under $900,000 from Arnold Ventures, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies to […]