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Juvenile Life Without Parole

A fact sheet on Juvenile Life Without Parole in North Carolina

Equity in Criminal Outcomes

December 15, 2022

Life Without Parole in North Carolina

A fact sheet on Life Without Parole in North Carolina

Equity in Criminal Outcomes

Videotaping Interrogations in Pennsylvania

A report in collaboration wih the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of JusticeIn this report, we describe the results of a state-wide project using public records requests to review the interrogation policies of over 1,000 law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania. What we found suggests that a state-wide overhaul of interrogation policy and practice is needed in Pennsylvania. (2022)

Accuracy of Evidence in Criminal Cases

December 14, 2022

Court Date Reminders Reduce Court Nonappearance: A Meta-Analysis

This study conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies that examined whether providing people with a postcard, phone call, or text message reminder of their court date reduces their likelihood of failing to appear in court. By: Samantha A. Zottola, William E. Crozier, Deniz Ariturk, and Sarah L. Desmarais — Criminology and Public Policy (2022)

Equity in Criminal Outcomes

December 11, 2022

Plea Tracking in the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office: Part Two

The Wilson Center began a collaboration with the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office in 2020 to study the plea-bargaining process and plea outcomes in Berkshire, Massachusetts.  This report reflects one year of data collection, from April 1, 2021, through April 30, 2022. (2022)

Equity in Criminal Outcomes

December 7, 2022

Jail Health and Early Release Practices

This article describes insights from qualitative interviews with jail medical staff in four states, to explore what challenges face delivery of healthcare, but more specifically, when health-based needs require counsel releasing individuals from jail. It describes widespread informal and unwritten mechanisms for health-based releases from jails and how such practices have implications for reforming the legal rules surrounding jail healthcare. By: Brandon L. Garrett, Deniz Ariturk, Jessica Carda-Auten, and David L. Rosen — William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal (2022)

Behavioral Health Needs

November 22, 2022

Information Loss, Contextual Information, and Distinctiveness Influence How Well Novice Analysts Discriminate Fingerprints

This study investigated the role of information loss, contextual information, and distinctive features of fingerprints on novice’s ability to judge whether two fingerprints came from the same source. By: Jessica Marcon Zabecki, Adele Quigley-McBride, and Christian A. Meissner — Applied Cognitive Psychology (2022)

Accuracy of Evidence in Criminal Cases

North Carolina v. Rodgers

This amicus brief challenged DNA analysis that grossly deviated from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crime Lab’s standard operating procedures (SOPs) in several ways, including using 10 times less DNA than the minimum indicated in the lab’s SOPs as the threshold for reliable analysis.

Accuracy of Evidence in Criminal Cases

November 21, 2022

Thompson v. Spitzer

This amicus brief challenged Orange County’s (CA) District Attorney’s (OCDA) DNA database collection program, in which defendants’ charges are routinely dismissed or negotiated in exchange for their DNA – colloquially known as their “spit and acquit” program. Yvette Garcia Missri, Brandon Garrett, and Berkeley Law’s Andrea Roth argue OCDA’s program is a black box with no transparency, low public safety benefits, and wrought with public policy and ethical concerns – particularly unfettered prosecutorial power.

Accuracy of Evidence in Criminal Cases, Equity in Criminal Outcomes

October 27, 2022

Plea Tracking in the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office: Part One

The Wilson Center began a collaboration with the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office in 2020 to study the plea-bargaining process and plea outcomes in Berkshire, Massachusetts.  This report reflects one year of data collection, from April 1, 2021, through April 30, 2022. (2022)

Equity in Criminal Outcomes

October 7, 2022