News year: 2020

Swartz: Closing Coverage Gaps to Promote Successful Prison Reentry for Persons with Mental Illness

Dr. Marvin S. Swartz, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke and a faculty member at the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at the Duke School of Law recently wrote a piece for Care4Carolina about a key element of successful reentry programs for individuals with severe mental illness: ongoing […]

NEW: Duke Scientific Integrity Associate Interviews Brandon Garrett About Criminal Legal System

Emilia Chiscop-Head, Ph.D. and Scientific Integrity Associate at Advancing Scientific Integrity, Services and Training (ASIST) recently caught up with Wilson Center Director Brandon Garrett about the criminal legal system, structural racism and policing reforms. Brandon L. Garrett, JD is the inaugural L. Neil Williams, Jr. Professor of Law and came to Duke in 2017 from […]

Dr. Allison Robertson Discusses Medication-Assisted Treatment Research Successes, Challenges

There is strong evidence to show the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with justice-involved individuals but still a number of barriers in place to implementing it, according to Dr. Allison Robertson, a member of the Behavioral Health Core at the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law. Robertson – who is an associate […]

CSJ’s Dr. Marvin Swartz Discusses Police Misconduct, Reform in New Guest Post

Dr. Marvin Swartz brought some needed attention on a form of police misconduct that’s remained mostly out of the spotlight in a new guest post on NC Policy Watch. The post, titled, “Concerns about police misconduct should spur reform, funding for civil commitment process,” describes the challenge of enforcing civil commitment laws. Involuntary civil commitment is […]

Data on NC DPS and COVID

by Ben Finholt, Director of the Just Sentencing Project at NCPLS and an Affiliated Fellow of the CSJ After Gov. Cooper declared a state of emergency based on the global COVID-19 pandemic, advocates immediately began calling for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) to reduce the number of people in prison. DPS responded […]

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 […]

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 – […]