Keep Confessions Out of Criminal Trials: Paper

The risk that individuals may confess to crimes they have not committed should make evidence from confessions inadmissible in a criminal trial, according to a paper by a Texas law professor.


Women in Law Face ‘Pervasive Sexism’: Report

Being a female lawyer in criminal law means constantly having others tell you to “toughen up,” according to an American Bar Association task force. The task force found that while women have slightly outnumbered men in law school for the past four years, female law graduates make up a much smaller representation of actual attorneys, and an even smaller number of justice leaders.


Percentage of Government Spending on Police Unchanged in 40 Years: Study

A comprehensive study by the Council on Criminal Justice of police data between 1977 and 2018 challenges the assumptions of many law enforcement critics. But it also offers a baseline for reformers about the “state of policing in America,” says Council President Adam Gelb.


Online Criminal Records Impose ‘Digital Punishment’ on Millions of Americans: Study

Some 147 million court records and 101 million arrest records have been posted on the Internet just in the past 10 years—amounting to a minefield for individuals hoping to reintegrate into civil society, according to a new study. Much of the data will remain online forever unless authorities find a way to balance public access with privacy rights, the authors warned.