In the “Post-Weinstein era,” victims of sexual assault and harassment are finally being believed. But unless critical reforms are enacted to how we convict and punish rapists, just believing the victim won’t be enough, argues a Boston College Law School professor.
Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), chair of the conservative House Republican Study Committee, agrees with an unlikely ally, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), that federal sentencing reform should advance in Congress next year.
For two decades, criminal justice advocates have been promoting the idea of basing anticrime policy on scientific evidence. But is anyone listening? Leading criminologists address the question at a Philadelphia conference.
The state’s House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill that would pare back mandatory-minimum sentences and make it easier for some convicts to get jobs and housing. The Senate has passed a similar bill, and legislators will now negotiate a compromise proposal to send to Gov. Charlie Baker.
Pennsylvania corrections chief John Wetzel launched the two-day Washington meeting with an appeal to legislators, corrections administrators, police chiefs and health officials to work together on evidence-based solutions. Another speaker said the White House would back unspecified reforms.
Early evidence suggests some risk assessment tools offer promise in rationalizing decisions on granting bail without racial bias. But we still need to monitor how judges actually use the algorithms, says a Boston attorney.
Clinicians and cops in three cities team up to divert troubled individuals towards medical treatment instead of jail. In his podcast, a North Texas police officer reports on a model program he says could work anywhere in the country.