A report on a model supported by the Justice Department in 48 sites concludes that it benefits communities “not only through cost savings, higher clearance rates, and crime prevention, but also through the promotion of collaboration, a sense of community, and economic development.”
A New York City experiment that used partially secured and unsecured bonds suggests that these are viable alternatives to a system that puts thousands of individuals behind bars awaiting trial because they can’t afford to make bail, according to a September 15 report by the Vera Institute of Justice.
China is the world’s largest supplier of counterfeit pharmaceuticals and ingredients, and the source of 79% of all counterfeit drugs seized in the U.S. But enforcement-based solutions are complicated by the lack of cooperation from Beijing, according to a forthcoming paper in the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review.
Just four percent of U.S. counties work with nonprofit organizations that provide legal aid services to immigrants, making it difficult to navigate the “bureaucratic labyrinth” involved in applying for green cards and social assistance, according to a Stanford University study. Meanwhile, noncitizens seeking legal help fall victim to scam artists who take advantage of their unfamiliarity with the complex immigration system.
Regulating marijuana the same way as other crops encourages stricter compliance with laws governing wetland conversion, air and water pollution and land use, according to a University of Buffalo study.
The country’s leading community corrections executives endorsed an August, 2017 Harvard study calling for a transformation of America’s probation and parole system. According to the study, the current system further impoverishes the poorest Americans and does little to improve public safety.
An evaluation of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy by the Urban Institute found that gun violence among targeted street groups was reduced by using community leaders and law enforcement in a strategy that combined moral persuasion and the promise of counseling and social services with the threat of criminal sanctions.
The ability to predict crimes before they happen has long been a topic of fascination for science fiction writers and filmmakers. But in real life, the data feeding predictive algorithms is riddled with problems, according to a researcher at the UC Davis School of Law.
A new study argues that innovative crime-reduction policies can lead to an increase in organized crime activities. Even though the impact may be temporary, according to author Iain W. Long of Cardiff University, his findings suggests a shrewd crime boss can undermine those strategies.
A three-year study of participants in a Florida mental health court—the longest of its kind—found “significantly” lower re-arrest rates among individuals who completed the program of community-based treatment and counseling.