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Wednesday, January 28 2015:

  • Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January-June 2014 Federal Bureau of Investigation. January, 2015. (Preliminary figures indicate that law enforcement agencies throughout the nation showed an overall decrease of 4.6 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention for the first 6 months of 2014 when compared with 2013 figures.)
  • Advancing a Federal Fair Chance Hiring Agenda: Background Check Reforms in Over 100 Cities, Counties, & States Pave the Way for Presidential Action, National Employment Law Project. January, 2015. "More than 100 jurisdictions, including 13 states, the District of Columbia, and 96 cities and counties, have adopted "ban the box" and other fair chance hiring reforms, often in tandem with criminal justice reform priorities."

Thursday, January 22 2015:

  • Screening Out Family Time: The for-profit video visitation industry in prisons and jails, Prison Policy Initiative. January, 2015. (In order to stimulate demand for their low-quality product, jails and video visitation companies work together to shut down the traditional in-person visitation rooms and instead require families to pay up to $1.50 per minute for visits via video.)
  • Video Visiting in Corrections: Benefits, Limitations, and Implementation Considerations, [PDF] National Institute of Corrections. December, 2014. "Video visiting can be a positive enhancement to in-person visiting when implemented in a way that balances the goals of the facility and the needs of incarcerated individuals and their families."

Wednesday, January 21 2015:

  • A Natural Experiment in Reform: Analyzing Drug Policy Change In New York City, Final Report, [PDF] Vera Institute of Justice. January, 2015. "Individuals in the Diversion Group were rearrested at a lower rate than those in the Sentenced Group. Therefore, there is a law enforcement benefit of $146 and a court system benefit of $886 per person in treatment."

Tuesday, January 20 2015:

  • Justice Reinvestment in Nebraska Analysis and Policy Framework, [PDF] The Council of State Governments Justice Center. January, 2015. "If this growth continues unchecked, prisons will become even more crowded, swelling from 159 percent of capacity (5,221 people) as of December 31, 2014 to a projected 170 percent of capacity (5,581 people) by FY2020."
  • Success-Oriented Funding: Reforming Federal Criminal Justice Grants Brennan Center for Justice. August, 2014. "Specifically, the president should use his executive authority to recast all federal grants for criminal justice in a "Success-Oriented Funding" model, in which the flow of dollars is linked to the achievement of clear goals."
  • Federal Prosecution for the 21st Century Brennan Center for Justice. September, 2014. "The report proposes reorienting the way prosecutors' "success" is measured around three core goals: Reducing violent and serious crime, reducing prison populations, and reducing recidivism."
  • Campus Law Enforcement, 2011-12 [PDF] Bureau of Justice Statistics. January, 2015. "About 75% of the campuses were using armed officers, compared to 68% during the 2004-05 school year."

Monday, January 19 2015:

  • Where Do We Go from Here? Mass Incarceration and the Struggle for Civil Rights, Economic Policy Institute. January, 2015. "In other words, society chose to use incarceration as a welfare program to deal with the poor, especially since the underprivileged are disproportionately people of color."
  • How Often and How Consistently do Symptoms Directly Precede Criminal Behavior Among Offenders With Mental Illness?, [PDF] Law and Human Behavior. 2014. "Specifically, of the 429 crimes coded, 4% related directly to psychosis, 3% related directly to depression, and 10% related directly to bipolar disorder (including impulsivity)."
  • The Death Penalty in 2014: Year End Report [PDF] Death Penalty Information Center. 2014. "There were 35 executions in 7 states, the fewest number put to death since 1994."
  • Highlights of the 2010 National Youth Gang Survey [PDF] Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. April, 2012. "Gang-related homicides increased more than 10 percent from 2009 in cities with populations of more than 100,000."
  • Highlights of the 2012 National Youth Gang Survey [PDF] Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. December, 2014. "Nearly 30 percent of all responding law enforcement agencies reported gang activity."
  • Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Court, 2011 [PDF] Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. December, 2014. "From 1985 through 1997, the number of delinquen­cy cases climbed steadily (62%) and then fell 34% from 1997 through 2011. Juvenile courts handled 7% more cases in 2011 than in 1985."
  • CPD Traffic Stops and Resulting Searches in 2013 ACLU of Illinois. December, 2014. "City-wide. The rate of black drivers in the stops (46%) is far higher than the rate of black residents in the city population (32%)."
  • Relief in Sight? States Rethink the Collateral Consequences of Criminal Conviction, 2009 - 2014, Vera Institute of Justice. December, 2014. "In recognition of the damaging effects these collateral consequences can have, 41 states have enacted legislation since 2009 that allows certain individuals to move beyond their convictions."

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  • February 5, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be in New York for the reception of the exhibition, Prison Obscura, curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook. The exhibition includes Prison Map by Josh Begley and Proliferation by Paul Rucker, both of which rely on Prison Policy Initiative data to show the scale of mass incarceration. The event will be held at Parsons School of Design from 6:30-8:30pm and a Curator’s Talk by Pete Brooks at 5:45pm.
  • February 6, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be at Yale for a panel presentation at the Equality Re-Imagined Conference.
  • 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.
  • February 24, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be speaking to the American Constitution Society Chapter at UConn School of Law at 12:30pm. Topics will include mass incarceration, prison gerrymandering, sentencing enhancement zones and more.

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  • February 5, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be in New York for the reception of the exhibition, Prison Obscura, curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook. The exhibition includes Prison Map by Josh Begley and Proliferation by Paul Rucker, both of which rely on Prison Policy Initiative data to show the scale of mass incarceration. The event will be held at Parsons School of Design from 6:30-8:30pm and a Curator’s Talk by Pete Brooks at 5:45pm.
  • February 6, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be at Yale for a panel presentation at the Equality Re-Imagined Conference.
  • 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.
  • February 24, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be speaking to the American Constitution Society Chapter at UConn School of Law at 12:30pm. Topics will include mass incarceration, prison gerrymandering, sentencing enhancement zones and more.

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