Jailed for ‘No Good Reason’

The chaos at New York’s Rikers Island facility, where reports of deaths and brutality once again grabbed headlines this month, should compel a long-overdue rethinking of what jails are used for, and how they can be transformed to meet the needs of the justice-involved, write two of the country’s leading advocates of incarceration reform.

Statistics on ‘Systemic’ Police Racism Questioned by Scholar

According to Barry Latzer, a professor emeritus at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, statistics often used to support the idea that police act with a racial bias are flawed. A more comprehensive analysis suggests that “whites are significantly more likely to be killed by police than Blacks,” he argues.

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Do We Need the Polygraph to Protect Our Borders?

Lie detector exams have mostly been discredited as a hiring tool for law enforcement and government agencies. Yet a higher-than-usual rate of failure in the exams administered by border agencies suggests something is amiss in how we choose the “gatekeepers” on our borders, the experience of one applicant shows.

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How Predictive Policing Can Criminalize Kids’ Online Searches

An algorithm-based program operated by the UK police identifies youth who have displayed an online interest in cybercrime tools, with a view to staging an early intervention. Such “predictive policing” technologies, which are also used to identify potential gang members, have potentially harmful impacts, writes a London solicitor.

The ‘Unexamined Law of Deportation’

A forthcoming paper by a Stanford University researcher argues that the current system of deporting immigrants convicted of a crime regardless of how long they have been in the U.S. disrupts families and turns immigration services into a vehicle for crime control.