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Biden’s historic executive order would overhaul policing

Today, on the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death, President Biden is expected to sign a historic executive order (EO) that would overhaul policing and hopefully enhance transparency in policing. The order contains some promising provisions, some of which might be easier to implement than others. The goals of the EO are to promote accountability, raise standards for police use …

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Are increases in gun sales to blame for the homicide increase?

New reports published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions discuss the recent surge in gun violence, outlining trends from recently-released 2020 gun death data. The results are making headlines. As many of us know, homicides surged by nearly 30% during the first year of the pandemic, and gun-related homicides increased …

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Delay and Failure to Accept Responsibility For It

Along with the two Arizona capital cases decided yesterday (see this post), the Supreme Court turned down another, the case of one of the longest-term residents of death row. Justice Breyer penned another of his opinions lamenting how awful it is for these murderers to have death sentences hanging over their heads so long. And once again he failed to …

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Where Is Joe Biden on the Buffalo Massacre?

President Biden has had all manner of things to say about the mass murder in Buffalo by a white supremacist, but nothing to say about the only legal punishment we have that even remotely fits a crime of that nature  —  the death penalty. Now maybe it’s that Biden ran on a platform of abolishing capital punishment  —  the first …

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Recidivism after drug treatment programs: New Sentencing Commission report

On May 17, 2022, the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) published new findings on eight-year recidivism rates of 25,142 federal offenders after their participation in Bureau of Prisons (BOP) treatment programs. The report is part of a larger multi-year recidivism study of more than 32,000 federal offenders released in 2010. The programs reduced overall recidivism for people who completed programs …

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Taking Statutes Seriously

Are Acts of Congress the law of the land, to be respected by the courts and implemented as intended, or are they merely inconvenient obstacles to the policies preferred by judges, to be danced around at will? That was the unstated question beneath the case of Shinn v. Ramirez, No. 20-1009, decided by the Supreme Court today. The case involves …

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California AG Race

LA Times political columnist George Skelton has this column on the race for California Attorney General. The state’s “jungle primary” is June 7. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party, will advance to the November general election. The post California AG Race appeared first on Crime & Consequences.

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Recidivism and measuring success after prison

In the United States, recidivism rates are the primary measure to evaluate the success of correctional and re-entry programs. Recidivism estimates can be controversial though, particularly given limitations of currently available data. A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) highlights some of these challenges. A more controversial part of the report argues that the …