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Tuesday, March 3 2015:

  • Sex Offender Registries: Fear without Function?, University of Chicago. February, 2011. "The results from all three data sets do not support the hypothesis that sex offender registries are effective tools for increasing public safety."
  • Interim Report of The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing [PDF] President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. March, 2015. "The President should support and provide funding for the creation of a National Crime and Justice Task Force to review and evaluate all components of the criminal justice system."
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons: Special Housing Unit Review and Assessment, [PDF] CNA. December, 2014. "As of November 2013, approximately 5 percent of the entire Bureau’s prisoner population was being housed in one of these restrictive housing populations with the vast majority in the SHU status."

Monday, March 2 2015:

  • Boxed Out: Criminal History Screening and College Application Attrition, Center for Community Alternatives. March, 2015. "This means almost two out of every three applicants who check “yes” to the felony conviction question do not complete the application process and are never considered for admission."
  • The Use of Criminal History Records in College Admissions Reconsidered [PDF] Center for Community Alternatives. November, 2010. "A majority (66%) of the responding colleges collect criminal justice information, although not all of them consider it in their admissions process. Private schools and four-year schools are more likely to collect and use such information."
  • A Billion Dollars and Growing: Why Prison Bonding is Tougher on Florida's Taxpayers Than on Crime, [PDF] Collins Center for Public Policy; Florida TaxWatch. April, 2011. "Little known and not well understood by taxpayers, this funding approach has saddled future generations of Floridians with over a billion dollars in debt without appreciably increasing public safety."

Friday, February 27 2015:

  • State Criminal Justice Advocacy in a Conservative Environment [PDF] Sentencing Project. February, 2015. "This overview highlights successful advocacy strategies employed in conservative political environments in the states of Indiana, Missouri, and Texas."
  • A Solitary Failure: The Waste, Cost and Harm of Solitary Confinement, ACLU of Texas. February, 2015. "The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) confines 4.4 percent of its prison population in solitary confinement."
  • The State of Sentencing 2014: Developments in Policy and Practice, [PDF] Sentencing Project. February, 2015. "Sentencing: At least 16 states and the District of Columbia authorized legislation to address sentencing policy, including statutory penalties that limit lengths of confinement."

Thursday, February 26 2015:

  • Changes in State Imprisonment Rates 2012-13 Brennan Center for Justice. September, 2014. "In September 2014, the Bureau of Justice Statistics at the U.S. Department of Justice released new data on state imprisonment in 2013. This map depicts each state's change in imprisonment rates in each state."
  • Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2014 National Report, [PDF] National Center for Juvenile Justice. December, 2014. "In 2011, school crime was common--1 in 8 students were in fights, 1 in 4 had property stolen or damaged."
  • Defunding State Prisons [PDF] Santa Clara University School of Law. December, 2014. "States would, instead, reallocate money spent on prisons to localities to use as they see fit--on enforcement, treatment, or even per-capita prison usage."

Wednesday, February 25 2015:

Monday, February 23 2015:

  • An Expanding Strike Zone: Coleman-Bey and the Future of Civil Protections for Prison Inmates, [PDF] Alliance for Justice. February, 2015. "The clear trend of courts is toward restricting inmates’ rights to seek civil justice far beyond what was envisioned by the Prison Litigation Reform Act."

Friday, February 20 2015:

  • Adult and Juvenile Correctional Population Projections [PDF] The State of Texas Legislative Budget Board. February, 2015. "Adult state incarcerated populations are projected to remain stable throughout fiscal years 2015 to 2020 and to remain, on average, 0.7 percent below the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s internal operating capacity."

Thursday, February 19 2015:

Wednesday, February 18 2015:

  • Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected, African American Policy Forum. December, 2014. "Increased levels of law enforcement and security personnel within schools sometimes make girls feel less safe and less likely to attend school."
  • Reproductive Injustice: The State of Reproductive Health Care for Women in New York State Prisons, [PDF] Correctional Association of New York. February, 2015. "Overall, however, we found that reproductive health care for women in New York State prisons is woefully substandard, with women routinely facing poor-quality care and assaults on their basic human dignity and reproductive rights."

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