Criminal Justice News
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Bringing an End to the Incarceration Generation
- Marc Schindler, Jun 1, 2015
- The good news is that more today is known than ever before about what works and doesn't work to address offending and promote safety. We have the information and research to support making big…
New Prison Reform Law Creates 'Momentum,' But Limitations Could Lessen Impact
- Kate Carlton Greer, Jun 1, 2015
- New legislation would give Oklahoma’s judges more discretion in sentencing certain nonviolent offenders.
The Biggest Mystery Of Baltimore’s Riots
- Adam Serwer (BuzzFeed Ideas), May 28, 2015
- How did a city where blacks are well-represented among the city government and police erupt in riots not seen since Martin Luther King Jr. was killed?
Want to reduce mass incarceration? Do no harm and invest in people and communities
- Nancy G. La Vigne, Ryan King, and Jocelyn Fontaine, May 28, 2015
- While Baltimore and others are plagued by issues that go far beyond the criminal justice system, the criminal justice system can take important steps to reverse the trend of mass incarceration.
British Politician Has a Harsh Message for the Police — and America Needs to Pay Attention
- Zak Cheney-Rice, May 21, 2015
- The U.K.'s exceedingly logical approach is in stark contrast to prevailing attitudes in the U.S., where police funding has mushroomed far out of proportion to actual crime rates.
Activists say Jay Z and Beyonce quietly bailed out Baltimore and Ferguson protesters
- Sonali Kohli (Quartz), May 19, 2015
- The notion that a celebrity couple would need to contribute vast sums to fund bail for protestors highlights a problem in how the US detains its citizens.
Bail system creates another hurdle for poor defendants, including recent protestors
- Karen Houppert (Baltimore City Paper), May 19, 2015
- Bail in Baltimore is a weird thing—and complicated, but it’s worth understanding because it matters.
Investing in jobs and schools in Sandtown is a better solution than filling jail cells
- Mark Grovic & Marc Schindler (Baltimore Business Journal), May 15, 2015
- What is the right investment in public safety in Sandtown, and how can we unlock resources to build stronger, safer neighborhoods?
Keep Kids Out of Handcuffs
- Jean Trounstine (Truthout), May 15, 2015
- The legal system has often become a go-to for even the most minor transgressions of children, particularly children of color.
Amid turmoil in Baltimore, a story of hidden health care gaps
- Susan Heavey, May 13, 2015
- Baltimore suffers glaring disparities in crime rates, income, education, housing – and health.
Drug courts are not the answer
- Daniel N. Abrahamson (Los Angeles Daily News), May 12, 2015
- Drug courts may do more harm than good when it comes to treating participants, saving taxpayer dollars and keeping people out of jail for simple drug possession.
These maps show just how racially problematic our bail system is
- John Walker (Fusion), May 9, 2015
- Most of the people being held in local jails have not been convicted of a crime and are only there because they couldn’t afford to post bail pre-trial.
They’re Not ‘Thugs’ — They’re Our Children
- Grace Bauer, James Bell, Sarah Bryer, Jody Kent Lavy, Marcy Mistrett, Marc Schindler, Marie Williams, May 8, 2015
- By referring to the young adults engaged in Baltimore’s protests as “criminals” and “thugs," commentators invoke harmful narratives about the young people involved.
Baltimore Burning: It’s Not A Matter of Money. We Tried That
- Michael Tanner (Newsweek), May 7, 2015
- Federal and state money has been pouring into the city for decades, yet nearly a quarter of the people in the city still live in poverty.
What Police Can Learn from Deep Learning
- Alex Woodie (Datanami), May 7, 2015
- Police departments are increasingly turning to predictive analytics to help them fight crime, and the early returns are positive.
7 Charts Explaining Baltimore's Economic and Racial Struggles
- Edwin Rios & Jaeah Lee (Mother Jones), May 6, 2015
- Some people in Baltimore face some of the worst life prospects in the nation.
By the Numbers: Baltimore is the Face of Inequality in the US
- Sputnik International, May 6, 2015
- Life expectancy in the neighborhoods of Charm City drastically goes down as the poverty rate goes up. A child born in Baltimore’s poorest neighborhood has a life expectancy nearly 20 years less…
Maryland spends $288 million every year to imprison Baltimore residents — and the results are bleak
- Peter Wagner (Prison Policy Initiative), May 6, 2015
- "This report combines never-before analyzed geographic data with key metrics on community well-being to allow policymakers to make informed choices about how best to allocate precious taxpayer…
Op-Ed: Structural accountability after Freddie Gray
- Keith Wallington & Diamonte Brown, May 5, 2015
- "Baltimore's healing and hope lie beyond the smoke and in the kinds of social investments necessary to support the essential fabric of community — and which are profoundly lacking in Baltimore…
LTE: Lessons From Baltimore, and Beyond
- Marc Schindler & Peter Wagner, May 4, 2015
- JPI's Marc Schindler and the Prison Policy Initiative's Peter Wagner weigh in on Freddie Gray, Baltimore, and making the right investment for the city and its residents.
Obama’s Justice Department turned down cop training for Baltimore
- Kelly Riddell (The Washington Times), May 4, 2015
- The Justice Department turned down a request to help the Baltimore Police Department save a training program widely credited for improving the department’s relations with the city’s…
The Recovery Diaries: Treatment for Substance Abuse Now Favored Over Punishment
- Matt Smith (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange), May 4, 2015
- "We’ve criminalized addiction in this country to a point where an employer may hesitate to hire someone if they know they’ve had trouble in the past... I think all of those things keep…
Wickham: Focus on Freddie Gray's neighborhood
- DeWayne Wickham (USA Today), May 4, 2015
- His death is a small part of the decades-old human tragedy crying out for help.
Hard but Hopeful Home to ‘Lot of Freddies’
- Scott Shane, Nikita Stewart & Ron Nixon (The New York Times), May 3, 2015
- The neighborhood where Freddie Gray came of age has survived harrowing rates of unemployment, poor health, violent crime and incarceration.
Aggressive Policing, Series of Errors Blamed in Freddie Gray's Death
- Jon Schuppe (NBC News), May 2, 2015
- "This is a story of a series of systemic, institutional errors that created these conditions... If the arresting officers had been trained properly, this would have been far less likely to happen."
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