The Law and Order President

Donald Trump’s stunning upset victory raises questions about the future of the federal justice policy reform agenda advanced by a bipartisan coalition over the past several years.

Are Young Girls ‘More Severely Punished’ Than Boys?

The number of incarcerated juvenile girls is rising, and reformers blame a ‘paternalistic’ court system that treats them differently from young boys. “If incarceration is truly a matter of public safety, you would see very few girls in that system,” says Boston attorney Francine Sherman, whose 2015 report, “Gender Injustice,” will be the focus of an upcoming Washington meeting.

The Digital Courtroom

More than 85 percent of U.S. courtrooms have now adopted electronic recording. Far from solving the inefficiencies of the court reporter system, digital record-making is causing serious trial holdups and glitches. Some observers say it leads to miscarriages of justice.

‘A Trifecta of Bad Outcomes’

When at-risk HIV individuals return home from jail or prison, how many continue their medical treatment? Some worrying findings of a multi-city pilot project suggest more work needs to be done.

Can the Next President Match Obama’s Record of Clemency?

Obama promised to use executive clemency as a tool to undo harsh prison sentences that resulted from the “tough on crime” era of federal drug prosecutions. But with plea bargaining increasingly replacing trials, presidential pardons may be even rarer in the years ahead.

The GOP’s Justice Dilemma

With Donald Trump a self-declared ‘law and order’ candidate, where will that leave Republican advocates for criminal justice reform at this week’s convention?