Peter Wagner, Executive Director
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—Peter
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Wednesday, December 17 2014:

  • Over A Million Dollars A Day: The Daily Waste of the NYPD's Misdemeanor Arrest Practices, [PDF] Police Reform Organizing Project. December, 2014. "Figures for the first nine months of 2014 show that the NYPD makes: ­an average of 648 misdemeanor arrests per day at the daily cost to the city of $1,134,000."
  • Conviction Integrity Units: Vanguard of Criminal Justice Reform, [PDF] Center for Prosecutor Integrity. December, 2014. "In regard to exonerations, the nine CIUS are credited with 61 exonerations."

Monday, December 15 2014:

  • Public Opinion on Juvenile Justice in America [PDF] The Pew Charitable Trusts. November, 2014. "Voters support sending serious juvenile offenders to corrections facilities, but they favor a range of less-costly alternatives for lower-level offenders."

Friday, December 12 2014:

Thursday, December 11 2014:

Wednesday, December 10 2014:

  • Hate Crime Statistics, 2013 Federal Bureau of Investigation. 2014. (Some 5,928 hate crime incidents involving 6,933 offenses were reported by law-enforcement agencies last year.)

Tuesday, December 9 2014:

  • Gun Possession among American Youth: A Discovery-Based Approach to Understand Gun Violence, PLOS ONE. November, 2014. "We identified more than 40 behavioral factors, including heroin use, using snuff on school property, having been injured in a fight, and having been a victim of sexual violence, that have and continue to be strongly associated with gun possession."
  • Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration, Justice Policy Institute. December, 2014. "Each year, the U.S. incurs an estimated $8-$21 billion in long-term costs for the confinement of young people."

Monday, December 8 2014:

Saturday, December 6 2014:

  • Bridging the Divide: A new paradigm for addressing safety, crime, and victimization, [PDF] Equal Justice USA. November, 2014. "There is a growing movement to confront the false choice between meeting the needs of crime victims and reforming failed criminal justice and corrections policies."

Friday, December 5 2014:

  • Ten Economic Facts about Crime and Incarceration in the United States [PDF] The Hamilton Project. May, 2014. (The high incarceration rate can have profound effects on society; research has shown that incarceration may impede employment and marriage prospects, increase poverty and behavioral problems among children, and amplify the spread of communicable diseases.)
  • Still Buried Alive: Arizona Prisoner Testimonies on Isolation in Maximum-Security, [PDF] American Friends Service Committee. December, 2014. "The impacts on the men and women held in isolation are deeply damaging and long lasting. Yet Arizona has once again chosen to double down on solitary confinement with these 500 new maximum-security prison beds in the Lewis complex."
  • One Strike and You're Out: How We Can Eliminate Barriers to Economic Security and Mobility for People with Criminal Records, [PDF] Center for American Progress. December, 2014. "Estimates put the cost of employment losses among people with criminal records at as much as $65 billion per year in terms of gross domestic product."

Thursday, December 4 2014:

  • The Rise in State Prison Populations Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. December, 2014. "Most states’ prison populations are at historic highs after decades of extraordinary growth. This growth has been costly, limiting economic opportunity for communities with especially high incarceration rates."
  • Public Ideology, Minority Threat, and Felony Collateral Sanctions: A State-Level Analysis, University of Delaware, Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice. July, 2014. "States with large minority and conservative populations are more likely to have more stigmatizing collateral sanction that can affect recidivism."

Meet us

  • February 20, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner, Board Member Amanda Alexander and Advisory Board Member Bruce Reilly will present on a panel entitled “The fight against mass incarceration: Combining litigation and policy work for systemic change” at RebLaw at Yale Law School from 3-4:30pm.

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Events

  • February 20, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner, Board Member Amanda Alexander and Advisory Board Member Bruce Reilly will present on a panel entitled “The fight against mass incarceration: Combining litigation and policy work for systemic change” at RebLaw at Yale Law School from 3-4:30pm.

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