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Jul 29, 2015 After spending a year researching police practices during protests and focusing in particular on protests in New York City over the past decade, I noticed that police are confronted with two very important, but sometimes conflicting, goals when it comes to protest policing. As seen in recent protests across the country, including a series of marches in New York City to mark the anniversary of Eric Garner’s death, police are charged with preserving public...

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Jul 27, 2015 Becky missed school to visit her childhood home with her mother, whose memory was fading due to a degenerative brain disease. Megan missed school because she was put on doctor-ordered bed rest due to pregnancy and delivery complications. Luke was tardy to several periods because he was taking long routes to class to avoid a group of kids who were bullying him because of his sexual orientation. Becky, Megan, and Luke were all charged with Failure to Attend...

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Jul 24, 2015 In a recent New York Times op-ed, Maia Szalavitz calls for the governors of New York and New Jersey to sign legislation guaranteeing that participants in drug court and other forms of mandated substance use treatment are able to access medication assisted treatment (MAT). An extensive literature supports the effectiveness of drugs like methadone and buprenorphine to treat opiate addiction and their use has been shown to help break the cycle of reoffending...

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Jul 20, 2015 It may come as a surprise to learn that 90 percent of jails collect revenue from the people incarcerated there. To learn more about this practice, we at Vera reviewed data submitted by 35 jurisdictions as part of our Price of Jails survey. We found that while common, it is not especially lucrative: collected funds support only about 3 percent of jails’ total budgets. We also found that on the other side of this equation, the payments incarcerated people...

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Jul 14, 2015 Thomas J. Dart is the Cook County (Illinois) sheriff. This post was originally published on the Safety and Justice Challenge blog.   It’s summer in Chicago, and crime rates tend to rise with the heat. That is likely to mean one thing—we’ll soon be consumed with headlines of senseless gun violence within Chicago’s distressed communities.   You would think that Cook County Jail—which I oversee as Sheriff—would be bursting at the seams with the perpetrators...

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Jul 9, 2015 I recently visited a facility in California where I was told about a girl in custody who staff described as a troublemaker, refusing orders to sit down or cooperate with staff in any way. She was on the verge of being charged with new crimes in the facility for fighting with staff—charges that would likely have resulted in more severe punishment than her original offense.   But that week her facility happened to be piloting the only evidence-based health...

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Jul 7, 2015 After decades of mass incarceration, policymakers around the country are realizing the unintended consequences of using the criminal justice system to deal with the social and public health problems of homelessness, drug use, mental illness, and poverty. Despite the advances of criminal justice reform, however, there are increasing efforts to criminalize pregnant women who are at risk for negative birth outcomes, particularly targeting women who use drugs...

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