criminal justice

Connections: Understanding New York’s bail reform laws

Activists seeking bail reform in New York State are celebrating what they call a major victory. During this past legislative session, state lawmakers...
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Mon, 08/05/2019 - 9:38am
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Connections: Understanding the Batson Challenge and how juries are constructed

Can prosecutors exclude potential jurors if that person is black? A law called the Batson Challenge says no; in practice, the answer is yes. But the...
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Tue, 07/09/2019 - 10:52am
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Connections: Dr. Elizabeth Ford on mental health in the criminal justice system

Dr. Elizabeth Ford is the author of “Sometimes Amazing Things Happen.” It’s a book about stories from a prison, where she worked to understand the lives...
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Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:22am
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Connections: How counselors are helping inmates transition back into the community

A local woman recently told WXXI News that jail saved her life. She participated in a program through the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office where...
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Mon, 03/11/2019 - 11:35am
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Connections: How to ease the transition from the criminal justice system back into the community

Several thousand people in Monroe County transition back into the community from the criminal justice system each year, but many face challenges that...
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Mon, 02/25/2019 - 10:34am
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Connections: Understanding the impact of false confessions on the U.S. justice system

Why do confessions often supersede all other kinds of evidence in the U.S. justice system? And why are investigators so apt to believe confessions that...
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Thu, 02/07/2019 - 9:46am
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Connections: The debate over a possible NYS ban on mugshots

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed banning the public disclosure of "mugshots" and "booking information" compiled by law enforcement agencies when they...
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Wed, 02/06/2019 - 9:55am
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Connections: How data can help reform America's criminal justice system

The leader of a local nonprofit says her group is fixing a barrier that stands in the way of meaningful criminal reforms: a data gap. Measures for...
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Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:33am
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Connections: Rethinking solitary confinement

Advocates for ending solitary confinement say long-term confinement is a form of torture, and they are pushing for legislative reform. Some correctional...
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Thu, 03/01/2018 - 9:46am
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