A report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) found that although the number of full-time sworn officers has increased from 1997 to 2016, the rate per 1,000 residents decreased by 11 percent, as the general population in the U.S. increased by 21 percent over the same period.
Criminal justice reforms are under attack in the Trump era and require immediate attention from state and local governments, as well as action from the formerly incarcerated, according to a Yale Law professor.
A new review of research finds that places where people can inject heroin and use other drugs under supervision may not be so effective at preventing overdose deaths and other drug-related problems as once thought.
The estimated figure would be even higher if recidivism had not begun to decline since 2015, thanks to programs aimed at helping former inmates reintegrate into civilian society, according to a new study.
The use of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams and other forms of “militarized policing” doesn’t deter violent crime or provide the safety benefits (either to the public or to police officers) that many police administrators claim–and it disproportionately affects black communities, according to a study by the National Academy of Sciences.
Since the start of the opioid crisis, prosecutors across the country have expanded the filing of criminal charges against individuals found to have given drugs to someone who later died of an overdose. But such “drug-induced homicide” cases will only worsen the crisis, according to a health policy expert.
Most opioid patients never get addicted and most people who do get addicted didn’t start their opioid addiction with a doctor’s prescription. The result of this skewed public conversation around opioids has been policies focused relentlessly on cutting prescriptions, says the Columbia Journalism Review.
A study of released Ohio sex offenders found that over 85 percent were wrongly classified as high-risk to their communities, and 15 percent who actually posed a danger were underclassified. The study in the Criminal Justice Policy Review said risk assessments skewed against African Americans were one reason.
A new report by the American Bar Association’s Senior Lawyers Division makes nine recommendations and suggests 45 “action items” that it says can advance public health efforts to confront the opioid epidemic. One recommendation calls for promoting policies and laws that support families and caregivers struggling with opioid and substance misuse disorders.