Articles by Emily Widra
- How America’s major urban centers compare on incarceration rates
An index of the incarceration rates of the most populous counties in 39 states.
Mar 28, 2019
- Stark racial disparities in murder rates persist, even as overall murder rate declines
Homicide rates for Black men, Black women and Native women are consistently higher than for other racial and ethnic groups.
May 3, 2018
- Actual violent crime has nothing to do with our fear of violent crime
Comparing violent crime rates to public opinion data shows that there's a long-standing disconnect between perception and reality.
May 3, 2018
- Tracking the impact of the prison system on the economy
This country employs more people to run the justice system than to grow food.
Dec 7, 2017
- Nellie Bly’s Legacy: Investigative Journalism & Criminal Justice Reform
One of the earliest and most famous investigations of conditions of confinement began 130 years ago today.
Sep 26, 2017
- The parallel epidemics of incarceration & HIV in the Deep South
HIV disproportionately impacts communities that are already marginalized by poverty, inadequate resources, discrimination — and mass incarceration.
Sep 8, 2017
- Incarceration shortens life expectancy
Each year in prison takes 2 years off an individual's life expectancy. With over 2.3 million people locked up, mass incarceration has shortened the overall U.S. life expectancy by 5 years.
Jun 26, 2017
- In their own words: The value of in-person visitation to families
As sheriffs consider eliminating in-person visitation in jails, the firsthand experiences of incarcerated people and their families remind us that in-person visitation is crucial to the reentry process and reducing recidivism.
May 9, 2017
- It’s not just the franchise: Mass incarceration undermines political engagement
Contact with the criminal justice system impacts not only individual experiences of political participation, but also community-wide political engagement.
Mar 10, 2017
- @AltBJS highlights important data on racial disparities in the criminal justice system
During Black History Month, the twitter user @AltBJS presented 28 under-discussed facts about racial disparities in the justice system. I collected the sources.
Mar 7, 2017
- Travis County, Texas: A Case Study on Video Visitation
Travis County, Texas' experience shows: video visitation often fails to meet expectations.
Apr 18, 2016
- Seeing eye to eye: understanding the limits of video visitation
Jails continue to adopt video visitation, often at the expense of in-person visits. What does current psychological research say about the key differences between video and in-person communication?
Apr 11, 2016
- Indiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas undermine their own criminal justice reform agenda with challenge of FCC regulation of prison phone industry
Just what are governors who talk about the need for prison reform doing trying to stop the FCC's historic effort to protect the families of incarcerated people from exploitative prison phone companies?
Mar 14, 2016