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The Vote Is In: It's Time to Replace "Tough-on-Crime" With "Jobs-not-Jails"

This week, most election coverage has focused on who to blame for the the huge losses suffered by Democrats and what the implications are for the gains made by Republicans, but one of the most significant moments of the midterms happened in California -- the passage of Proposition 47.<p>The …

UC Berkeley

Ending New York City's Low-Level Marijuana Arrests Doesn't Fix The Problem

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to arrest fewer people for marijuana possession drew cautious optimism from elected officials and advocates on Monday, but they said they feared black and Latino men will continue to be disproportionately affected by marijuana laws.<p>De Blasio and NYPD …

Prisons Are Destroying Communities and Making All of Us Less Safe

<i>Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from the introduction to</i> Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better<i>, by</i> …

The Police Are Still Out of Control

I should know.<p>In the opening scene of the 1973 movie “Serpico,” I am shot in the face—or to be more accurate, the character of Frank Serpico, played by Al Pacino, is shot in the face. Even today it’s very difficult for me to watch those scenes, which depict in a very realistic and terrifying way …

Exporting Corruption - The Big Picture

<i>From Transparency International:</i><p>The OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, adopted in 1997, requires each signatory country to make foreign bribery a crime …

Georgia governor’s corruption shocker: Right-winger’s shady get-rich scheme could be wildest GOP scandal

No-bid contracts, backroom arm-twisting, sweetheart deals for family. Add the FBI and this is one juicy scandal<p>Back in 2007, Georgia Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham noticed something funny in the state budget. What he discovered would bring to light a scandal then nearly 20 years old, yet which …

Street Harassment Shouldn’t Be a Crime

A video that captures the relentless misogyny of boorish New York men has gone viral but that doesn’t mean the cops should get involved.<p>In a …

Wrongfully Convicted African-Americans Wait Longer To Be Exonerated Than Others: Study

It took 18 years for DNA evidence to surface that cleared Derrick Williams of a rape and attempted kidnapping in Florida. Prosecutors had relied on the testimony of the victim, who identified Williams as her attacker in 1992. But he walked free at age 48 in 2011 because his DNA didn't match that …

The Most Underemployed College Majors

Yesterday, Forbes reported on the jobs in which the most Americans feel underemployed, a term compensation comparison site Payscale defines as “having part-time work but wanting full-time work, or holding a job that doesn’t require or utilize a person’s education, experience or training.”<p>But what …

How do we put fewer Californians in prison? Other states are finding alternatives

In 2009, overcrowding in California’s prisons had gotten so bad—140,000 inmates crammed into prisons built to house just 80,000—that federal judges …

New MacArthur 'genius' uncovered how deep racism in criminal justice goes

The MacArthur Foundation just announced the winners of its 2014 "genius grants" — and one of them is a psychologist trying to untangle the ties between race and the US criminal justice system.<p>Jennifer Eberhardt is a professor at Stanford University. Her work focuses on implicit bias: the notion …

Random Thoughts About Criminal Justice, Guns and Racism

“At least three other times during the period studied by The Star, charges of possession by a serious violent felon were dropped against someone who …

Thought #Ferguson had no lasting effect on the national conversation? Think again: Public opinion about minorities and the criminal justice system is changing rapidly. Read more: http://www.psmag.com/navigation/politics-and-law/think-criminal-justice-system-treats-black-people-unfairly-92012/

Size of minority population impacts states’ prison rates, Baker Institute researcher finds

David Ruth<br>713-348-6327 <br>david@rice.edu<p>Jeff Falk<br>713-348-6775 <br>jfalk@rice.edu<p><b>Size of minority population impacts states’ prison rates, Baker Institute</b> …

Restoring Dignity to Criminal Justice

When he signed the 1994 Crime Bill, then-President Bill Clinton called it the "toughest and smartest crime bill in our history."<p>Since then, the violent crime rate has dropped, but it's not clear that the Crime Bill is responsible. A number of changes -- including improvements in policing, the …

Crime

Trauma and Women Behind Bars in America: The Need for a Criminal Justice Makeover

On September 30, 2014, President Obama issued a presidential proclamation declaring the month of October 2014 National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in recognition of the 20th anniversary of The Violence Against Women Act. As stated, "When women and children are deprived of a loving home, legal …

Domestic Violence

Is This Working?

One Lawyer Keeps the Pressure On For Criminal Justice Reform

Making the rounds on national media this week is public interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson whom Desmond Tutu calls, “America’s young Nelson Mandela.” …

The dubious 'science' of risk prediction in criminal justice

The prediction, assessment and management of risk have become central to processes of criminal justice administration in many countries around the …

Crime

States Should Spend Less on Prisons, More on Schools

The huge growth in state prison populations in recent decades has created mounting budget challenges for states, our new report explains. State economies would be much stronger over time if states invested more in education and other areas that can boost long-term economic growth and less in …

2014 Will Not Be the Year of 'Online Murder'

"It's easier just to get a guy who gets paid $20,000 a year in cash to beat you up with a baseball bat."<p>If you believe EUROPOL, the European Union's transnational law enforcement agency, murder by hacking is a brand new possibility for criminals. That is, some sordid hacker in the employ of …

Analyzing Organized Crime – October 2014

<i>Abajo la versión en español</i><p>Many things are changing in the way that organized crime groups behave, and some of the most fundamental assumptions upon …

Human Rights