Texas Study Shows Diversion Curbs Recidivism, Strengthens Job Prospects

A study of Texas’ court-managed diversion program by two economists is welcome news for those who argue that helping individuals steer clear of a first criminal conviction can reduce recidivism and increase the likelihood of securing―and retaining―legitimate employment.


Can Conviction Integrity Units Get Respect?

Difficulties in obtaining funding and sufficient staff, combined with skepticism from many parts of the justice system, have kept the number of prosecutors’ internal investigative units small. Nevertheless, the units are a major reason for the increase in exonerations across the U.S., a John Jay webinar was told Tuesday.


Under COVID, Battle to Protect Tenants from Evictions is Slowing

One of President Joe Biden’s first executive actions was to extend the federal moratorium on evictions to March 31. But as lawmakers fight to make certain people facing eviction have a legal right to an attorney, landlords employ law firms that trap tenants in an overwhelming cycle of debt.  


Keep Confessions Out of Criminal Trials: Paper

The risk that individuals may confess to crimes they have not committed should make evidence from confessions inadmissible in a criminal trial, according to a paper by a Texas law professor.


Racial Disparities Found in Federal Sex Crime Sentencing

University of Texas at San Antonio researchers looked at the punishment for sex offender and child pornography offenses over an 8-12 year period. They found that, despite Congressional sentencing legislation, Black and Hispanic Americans are receiving harsher sentences over time.