From the end of 2017 to the end of 2018, the total prison population in the United States declined from 1,489,200 to 1,465,200, a decrease of 24,000 prisoners. This was a 1.6% decline in the prison population and marked the fourth consecutive annual decrease of at least 1%. ****See report HERE
Length of Incarceration and Recidivism is the seventh publication in the Commission’s recent series on recidivism. This study examines the relationship between length of incarceration and recidivism, specifically exploring three potential relationships that may exist: incarceration as having a deterrent effect, a criminogenic effect, or no effect on recidivism. There are links to this report and other reports – Found HERE
Criminalizing social-distancing violations threatens the very communities most vulnerable to the pandemic.
— Read on www.thenation.com/article/society/police-coronavirus/
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Nice analysis. Check out more of his blog too.
Police training reduced complaints and use of force against civilians
— Read on phys.org/news/2020-04-police-complaints-civilians.html
See report HERE
This report offers some much needed clarity by piecing together this country’s disparate systems of confinement. The American criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in 1,833 state prisons, 110 federal prisons, 1,772 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,134 local jails, 218 immigration detention facilities, and 80 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in the U.S. territories.
This report provides a detailed look at where and why people are locked up in the U.S., and dispels some modern myths to focus attention on the real drivers of mass incarceration, including exceedingly punitive responses to even the most minor offenses.
Go to the webpage HERE
Bail will be an option for more crimes, but the heart of the law remains intact.
New York’s new bail reform law had been in effect for a mere three months when the state legislature amended it in early April. The most significant change is that there are more situations where judges can impose cash bail. They will also have more discretion in setting bail and other conditions of pretrial release. The updates go into effect on July 1. See more HERE
In 48 States and federal court, a single juror’s vote to acquit is enough to prevent a conviction. But two States, Louisiana and Oregon, have longpunished people based on 10-to-2 verdicts. In this case, petitionerEvangelisto Ramos was convicted of a serious crime in a Louisianacourt by a 10-to-2 jury verdict. Instead of the mistrial he would have received almost anywhere else, Ramos was sentenced to life without parole. He contests his conviction by a nonunanimous jury as an un-constitutional denial of the Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial. Held: The judgment is reversed.
After every mass shooting, there is a demand for gun control and then…nothing seems to happen (or, gun laws are loosened). That pattern dates back four decades, to the early 1970s, when rising crime rates inspired legislators to introduce gun bills at the state and federal level……. see the article HERE
This is a post from Radley Balko. Sometimes you can access the whole article sometimes you can’t it depends if you have have access to the Washington Post.
There a one key point to remember: Disproportionate is not Discrimination.
Even controlling for crime rates, class and income, racial bias infects every nook and cranny of our courts, prisons, jails and police stations.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2018/09/18/theres-overwhelming-evidence-that-the-criminal-justice-system-is-racist-heres-the-proof/