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National Coalition for the Homeless;
This report is the National Coalition for the Homeless' (NCH) fourth report on the criminalization of homelessness and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty's (NLCHP) eighth report on the topic. The report documents the top 20 worst offenders of 2005, as well as initiatives in some cities that are more constructive approaches to the issue of people living in public spaces. The report includes the results of a survey of laws and practices in 224 cities around the country, as well as a survey of lawsuits from various jurisdictions in which those measures have been challenged.
Presents a case study of South Africa's first public interest law clearing house established to increase access to pro bono services of law firms and advocates. Outlines ProBono.Org's organization, strategies, and outcomes as well as emerging practices.
Human Rights Center at University of California at Berkeley;
Based on interviews with former detainees held in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, attorneys, officials, and military personnel, details interrogation practices, conditions of incarceration, and their long-term effects. Urges a nonpartisan investigation.
National Council on Crime and Delinquency;
Examines concerns with the role and performance of private prisons, including reports of abuse and neglect, low pay and limited training for staff, poor government oversight, and lack of cost savings and community economic benefit. Makes recommendations.
McKinsey & Company;
Examines the structure, benefits, stakeholders, and potential for and economics of social impact bonds in the areas of homelessness and criminal justice, including meaningful savings, proven interventions, and capacity, with a focus on juvenile justice.
Public Welfare Foundation;
Describes how foundations helped transform the district's juvenile justice system, replacing a large prison with a smaller facility designed for rehabilitation and development, and reduced recidivism using community-based alternatives. Outlines lessons.
Annie E. Casey Foundation;
In its 2011 report, "No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration," the Annie E. Casey Foundation demonstrated that America's heavy reliance on juvenile incarceration is a failed strategy for addressing youth crime. Specifically, "No Place for Kids" showed that heavy reliance on correctional confinement exposes incarcerated youth to widespread maltreatment; results in alarming levels of recidivism; incarcerates children who do not pose significant threats to public safety; ignores the emergence of treatment models that produce better outcomes; wastes money with costs that often exceed $100,000 per young person per year; and fails to provide adequate mental health, educational, substance abuse and other services.
This report focuses on the first of these challenges, the widespread and persistent maltreatment of youth confined in America's juvenile corrections facilities. These facilities often go by euphemistic labels such as training school, reformatory, correctional center, etc., but are in essence youth prisons.
Labor/Community Strategy Center;
This report provides structural proposals to end the school-to-prison pipeline in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and to build a national movement to stop the mass incarceration of Black and Latino Communities. It analyzes the LAUSD and the Los Angles School Police Department's (LASPD) citation and arrest patterns for the school years of 2011-2013 through the lens of race, gender, age, and neighborhood impacts.
Investigation Project, The;
We rely on competent investigation to avoid or solve all problems in a world where justice counts, criminal law especially.
Justice and morality are fundamental human rights as well as duties. No legitimate government or agency can deny these and retain legitimacy.
Competent investigation, with integrity to the truth, the objective truth, not just some political idea of required truth is essential.
Failure to properly ascertain objective truth often results in a miscarriage of justice, meaning a result that is false, unjust and immoral.
Proper investigation with integrity to the truth is thus a fundamental human right.
This site explores and discusses the ins-and-outs of what competent investigation means, citing the basic elements, three moral and three substantive, as well as the way we evade the requirements, far too often.
After we mistakenly shot up a hospital in Afghanistan killing many Doctors Without Borders and patients, October, 2015, Pres. Obama called the president of the organization, apologized on behalf of the United States, and assured her of a thorough and "transparent" investigation.
Investigation must be conducted competently, that is with integrity as well as skill, or it is immoral and unreliable.
We have far too many false convictions, raising the question: What was wrong with the first investigation that the second, which produced the exoneration, got right?
The FBI has profilers who study serial killers.
Why don't FBI profilers study how it is that we have so many false convictions?
This site represents a start.
There's a lot more work to be done.
Obtaining a competent investigation is easier said than done.
Some of us don't always want to know the inconvenient truth.
It may challenge our comforting preconceptions.
But let's say that integrity rules and we do want to know the truth, however difficult to accept.
In this case, always, one may hope, we need to know what to look for, put the findings in context, and then how to present our findings effectively where it counts.
That is what this site is about.
We've reorganized investigation in a way you may not have seen before since we've reanalyzed the subject from the ground up as an original project.
It is from the standpoint of a trial attorney with long experience as a prosecuting and defense attorney, as well as professor of Constitutional Law, San Francisco Law School, 2002-2005.
Sentencing Project, The;
This fact sheet, updated June 2017, provides a compilation of key developments in the criminal justice system over the past several decades.
Both nationally and in the District of Columbia, boys have made up a vast majority of the juvenile justice population. Consequently, research, best practices, system reform efforts, and policies have been primarily based on the male population. In the past two decades, overall rates of youth involvement in the juvenile justice system have declined, yet the share of girls arrested, petitioned to court, placed on probation, and placed out of home has steadily increased. Due in part to a historical inattention to the unique drivers for girls into the juvenile justice system and the specific needs of justice-involved girls, jurisdictions around the country are seeing an increase in the rates of girls' involvement in the juvenile justice system. Over the past decade, Washington, D.C. (D.C.) has seen a significant increase in the share of girls in its juvenile justice system. This brief serves as a starting point to understand what is causing girls' increased contact with D.C.'s juvenile justice system, to highlight distinctions between girls' and boys' involvement in D.C.'s juvenile justice system, and to identify information gaps that must be addressed in order to reduce the number of system-involved girls and ensure that those girls who are already involved are receiving appropriate services and interventions. Major findings: Girls today make up a larger portion of system-involved youth than in previous years. » Over time, the proportion of 13 to 15-year-old girls entering the juvenile justice system has grown at the greatest rate. » Eighty-six percent of arrests of girls in D.C. are for non-violent, non-weapons related offenses. » In D.C., Black girls are significantly overrepresented in the juvenile justice system.
Today, many criminal justice policies and practices have closed the door to opportunity. Whole communities suffer opportunity losses when large segments of residents are involved in the criminal justice system. Get the facts on how the criminal justice system is creating barriers to opportunity for millions of Americans.