Can Alternatives to Money Bail Work?

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.

Enforcement Can’t Stop Fake Chinese Drugs: Report

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.

Immigrants Face High Levels of Fraud: Study

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.

Is Legal Pot the Newest ‘Green’ Crop?

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.

Put the Guns Down: A Chicago Strategy for Curbing Violence

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 Dirty Data Feeding Predictive Police Algorithms

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.

Can Making Neighborhoods Safer Boost Organized Crime?

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.