‘A Big Job for a Woman’: Three DAs Triumph Over Sexism

Former Brooklyn District Attorney Elizabeth Holtzman joined two recently elected DAs, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz and Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, to describe the challenges faced by women prosecutors at a special panel at John Jay College to mark Women’s History Month.


How ‘Trickle-Down Justice’ Adds More Hurdles for Returning Citizens

Community supervision suffers when lawmakers create new potential violations, write Jesse Kelley and Arthur Rizer of the R Street Institute. Exhibit A: Last month, Congress was expected to vote on a bill to criminalize the sale and distribution of menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products that is likely to hit hardest on African-Americans.


How to Make Courthouse Walls ‘More Porous’

In Milwaukee, DA John Chisholm and Public Defender Tom Reed have teamed up to transform local justice from an ‘adversarial’ model to a system oriented to preventing harm and involving a network of community services. Could it work elsewhere?

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Can Tomorrow’s Prisons Look Like This?

A movement to overhaul the architecture of correctional facilities modeled on designs used in Scandinavian prisons is gaining traction in the U.S., a conference at John Jay College was told. Speakers said more “humane” design could reduce violence inside prisons and cut recidivism.