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ADDED 08/06 from the CJS Weekly Digest

See where California is taking guns with restraining orders

California judges temporarily took 86 guns away from residents under a 2016 law allowing family members to seek restraining orders against those they believe may pose an imminent threat to themselves or others

Newt Gingrich, Van Jones: Drug Courts Can Help Solve the Opioid Crisis

Rather than fill our prisons and jails with people who are addicted to drugs or who suffer from mental illness, Congress should look to proven solutions that promote accountability and treatment. One model that deserves more national attention is treatment courts, such as those for drugs and veterans’ treatment.


ADDED 08/02 from The Crime Report

The ‘Criminal Justice Tax’ on America’s Troubled Neighborhoods

Does aggressive policing of high-crime, mostly minority, neighborhoods reinforce patterns of racial segregation? In papers published this month by New York University, four of America’s leading criminologists debate whether it does—and what should be done about it. Read more

California Officials Say Prison Realignment Puts State on ‘Right Track’

The state prison population has declined under the six-year-old plan to keep many convicts in local jails, the National Forum on Criminal Justice was told this week. But violent crime has also gone up recently. Read more

When New Research Proves Courtroom ‘Experts’ Wrong

Many wrongful convictions are based on forensic testimony later exposed as flawed. A California statute this year laid out the terms for granting relief to defendants challenging ‘expert’ evidence—but striking the right balance between evolving scientific research and trial pressures remains a challenge, says UC law professor Edward Imwinkelried. Read more

Want Better Police-Community Relations? Try Coffee With a Cop

Modern policing has become mired in community distrust and overwhelmed by technology. A back-to-basics idea called National Coffee with a Cop Day might help break through the barriers, says former New Haven chief Dean M. Esserman. Read more


ADDED 7/24


Toward An Approach to Community Corrections for the 21st Century: Consensus Document of the Executive Session on Community Corrections

July 20, 2017

The Executive Session on Community Corrections has released an unprecedented consensus document entitled Toward An Approach to Community Corrections for the 21st Century: Consensus Document of the Executive Session on Community Corrections. This is the first time in the thirty-plus year history of the PCJ Executive Sessions that members – leading academics and practitioners – of an Executive Session have published a consensus document.


ADDITIONS 7/20 (from the CJS Weekly Digest)

Rural America’s Jail Dilemma

The spike in jail detentions in rural areas is one of the key factors driving America’s increasing numbers of incarcerated individuals, according to a recent survey and report by the Vera Institute of Justice and the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety + Justice Challenge. Some 30 percent of the 2.2 million people behind bars are in the nation’s 3,000 county jails, and rural areas have experienced the biggest increases, according to the Vera study. The jail populations that have experienced the largest growth are in small counties, with populations under 250,000.

In New Jersey, Sweeping Reforms Deliver Existential Threat to Bail Bonds Industry

Six months in, New Jersey’s sweeping reforms have all but eliminated the use of cash bail in the Garden State. Advocates say that’s good for low-income defendants. But it’s an existential threat to the bail bonds industry

Keeping mentally ill out of jail and in treatment – model shown to work in breakthrough study

In a three-year, randomized-control study conducted by clinical researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry, the Rochester Forensic Assertive Community Treatment model (R-FACT) withstood rigorous examination and now holds promise for cities across the United States. The peer-reviewed study, supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, was published online today in Psychiatric Services, a journal of the American Psychiatric Association.


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