More than 100 civil rights, “digital justice” and community groups issued a statement expressing concerns about the expanding use of risk assessment instruments as a substitute for basing bail releases on money. The groups said risk assessment tools may not only exacerbate racial bias but “allow further incarceration.”
Relatively few of the 11 million Americans arrested every year are convicted, but the way people inside and outside the justice system often treat arrestees challenges the bedrock principle that an individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty—and undermines reform, according to a forthcoming paper in the Alabama Law Review.
Can a process developed to analyze serious mishaps in the US Forest Service be applied to justice? Its creator believes that the “Learning Review,” now used in medicine and other fields to learn from accidents, incidents and normal work, without trying to affix blame, is ideally suited to criminal justice as well.
Even though a majority of states have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use, it remains on the federal government’s list of the most harmful drugs, alongside heroin. That makes little sense, according to an addiction expert, if we hope to regulate its use to protect health and public safety.
Miami soon will open the nation’s first “forensic diversion” center for mentally ill people who otherwise would be destined for the criminal justice system, says Judge Steven Leifman, who has long advocated for defendants with mental problems. Leifman addressed the annual forum of the National Criminal Justice Association in Fort Worth, Texas.