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June 15, 2015
Was There a “Ferguson Effect” on Crime in St. Louis?
Some commentators have asserted that crime has increased as the result of recent protests against police misconduct. However, there is no credible and comprehensive evidence about any such effect.
March 15, 2016
Study: There Has Been No 'Ferguson Effect' in Baltimore
A new study from Johns Hopkins University finds that evidence for a so-called "Ferguson Effect" in Baltimore is very weak, reports The Atlantic's CityLab.
May 14, 2015
After Baltimore And Ferguson, Major Momentum For Criminal Justice System Reform
An "unusual bipartisan consensus" has emerged among policymakers in Washington on the need for criminal justice reform, reports NPR.
October 28, 2016
Race & Justice News: "The Jude Effect": Police Brutality Reduces 911 Calls
Study finds that blacks reduce their crime-reporting behavior in the wake of high-profile cases of police brutality, black women with criminal records more likely to face housing discrimination in D.C., and more in our latest Race and Justice News.
February 03, 2015
Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System
Like an avalanche, racial disparity grows cumulatively as people traverse the criminal justice system. This report identifies four key features of the criminal justice system that produce racially unequal outcomes and showcases initiatives to abate these sources of inequity in adult and juvenile justice systems around the country.
November 05, 2018
Long-Term Sentences: Time to Reconsider the Scale of Punishment
Unduly long prison terms are counterproductive for public safety and contribute to the dynamic of diminishing returns as the prison system has expanded.
September 03, 2014
Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies
Coming on the heels of the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri, this report demonstrates that the consequences of white Americans’ strong association of crime with blacks and Latinos extend far beyond policing.
June 28, 2017
Incarceration Rates in an International Perspective
A nation’s rate of incarceration is the number of people incarcerated as a proportion of its total population. Internationally, there is broad variation in the degree to which nations incarcerate their citizens, with a nearly 40-fold difference between the highest and lowest rates. The incarceration rate is often interpreted as a measurement of the degree of punitiveness in a society, although it is an imperfect measurement.
November 19, 2010
Deterrence in Criminal Justice: Evaluating Certainty vs. Severity of Punishment
An analysis of the deterrent effects of the criminal justice system demonstrates that the certainty of punishment is more effective than the severity of punishment. These findings suggest that continuing to impose lengthy prison terms will have little additional effect on deterring crime.
June 26, 2016
New Jersey Is a Leader on Criminal Justice Reform. So Why This Racial Disparity?
New Jersey has led the nation in reducing its state prison population, achieving a 31% reduction since 1999, with no adverse effect on public safety. However, racial disparities in New Jersey prisons are the highest in the nation.