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Federal Protection for Women Sliding Backwards, Experts Warn

Lynn Rosenthal and Bea Hanson, prominent players in the Obama White House, told a conference at John Jay College Tuesday they were worried that the upcoming reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act would not cover the programs needed to help women experiencing intimate partner violence.

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Will Court Sports Betting Decision Weaken Feds’ Fight Against Sanctuary Cities?

The Supreme Court ruling striking down a federal law that prohibits states from allowing betting on sports backs a robust reading of the Constitution’s 10th Amendment, which limits Washington’s power to force policies on the states—and it suggests the feds “can’t require state or local officials to cooperate with federal immigration authorities,” according to the Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro.


Asylum Depends on a Spin of Judicial Wheel of Fortune

For Central Americans at the U.S. border, gaining asylum often depends largely on the judge. Two judges in Los Angeles granted fewer than three percent of the hundreds of asylum claims that came before them in the past five years, while another judge granted 71 percent of them. In San Francisco, the judge’s rate of granting asylum ranged from three percent to 91 percent.

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Do Private Prisons Have a Future?

Beyond the ideological debates about prison privatization, privately run corrections facilities are likely to continue to be used by cash-strapped governments. In a new book, Lauren-Brooke Eisen of New York University says it’s time to explore how the private corrections industry can become a partner in reducing recidivism.

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Does Racial Bias Criminalize Immigrants?

A forthcoming paper from NYU Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic claims modern US immigration policy is a legacy of the “racial animus” that has affected our immigration and criminal justice systems since the nation’s founding.


How Media ‘Tribalism’ Gives Americans Conflicting Views of Reality

When cable media blurs opinion and fact, even traditional journalism suffers, according to a panel of media observers. But the panel, convened by Criminal Justice Journalists to review 2017 justice coverage, also praised the coverage of sensitive issues in the face of pressure from police and the White House.