Osborn Correctional Institution. Courtesy Connecticut Department of Corrections

How Connecticut became a model for prison reform

Behind the walls of Osborn Correctional Institute stands a laboratory for one of the most aggressive experiments in criminal justice reform currently underway in the United States. Under the stewardship of Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, Connecticut has seen its prison population fall to a 20-year low, while rates of reported violent crime have plummeted.

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Cops, Trump and the Threat to Police Reform

Fundamental change in American policing can’t co-exist with the mindset that the President-elect and allies like Jeff Sessions, the attorney general-designate, are bringing to the justice portfolio, Unless local agencies take the lead, that could spell more trouble in the streets.

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The Law and Order President

Donald Trump’s stunning upset victory raises questions about the future of the federal justice policy reform agenda advanced by a bipartisan coalition over the past several years.

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Are Young Girls ‘More Severely Punished’ Than Boys?

The number of incarcerated juvenile girls is rising, and reformers blame a ‘paternalistic’ court system that treats them differently from young boys. “If incarceration is truly a matter of public safety, you would see very few girls in that system,” says Boston attorney Francine Sherman, whose 2015 report, “Gender Injustice,” will be the focus of an upcoming Washington meeting.

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The Digital Courtroom

More than 85 percent of U.S. courtrooms have now adopted electronic recording. Far from solving the inefficiencies of the court reporter system, digital record-making is causing serious trial holdups and glitches. Some observers say it leads to miscarriages of justice.

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‘A Trifecta of Bad Outcomes’

When at-risk HIV individuals return home from jail or prison, how many continue their medical treatment? Some worrying findings of a multi-city pilot project suggest more work needs to be done.