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    For many rural participants, Drug Court can be a positive experience, but more treatment options and support are needed.

For many rural participants, Drug Court can be a positive experience, but more treatment options and support are needed.

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Drug Courts are an increasingly popular policy intervention which can divert those convicted of drug-related offenses to treatment services rather than prison. In new research, Susan Witkin and Scott P. Hays spoke to a number of rural-based Drug Court participants about their experiences. While many participants were generally positive about the impact of Drug Court on their lives, they […]

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    Book Review: Mafia Life: Love, Death and Money at the Heart of Organised Crime by Federico Varese

Book Review: Mafia Life: Love, Death and Money at the Heart of Organised Crime by Federico Varese

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In Mafia Life: Love, Death and Money at the Heart of Organised Crime, Federico Varese journeys into the everyday lives of members of different mafia groups across the globe, from the Sicilian Cosa Nostra to the Japanese Yakuza. Drawing on wiretaps, reportage, historical analysis, legal evidence and biography, this book offers readers the opportunity to go beyond the fabricated images of the […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.8 Where did the opioid epidemic come from?

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.8 Where did the opioid epidemic come from?

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With the skyrocketing rates of opioid abuse and overdose deaths in the US, John Collins and Alex Soderholm of the International Drugs Policy Unit join us to dissect the key questions behind this epidemic: what’s at the root of this opioid crisis? Where are these drugs coming from? And what can the US do about it?

This episode features Dr […]

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    Strengthening laws which take guns out of the hands of domestic abusers will help prevent future mass shootings.

Strengthening laws which take guns out of the hands of domestic abusers will help prevent future mass shootings.

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Last week a gunman killed 26 and wounded 20 in a Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Like many mass shooters, the gunman, Devin Kelley, had a record of domestic abuse. Sierra Smucker writes that the irrefutable link between domestic abuse and mass shootings means that lawmakers now need to focus on new and stronger measures, as well as […]

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    From the Slave Codes to Mike Brown: the brutal history of African Americans and law enforcement

From the Slave Codes to Mike Brown: the brutal history of African Americans and law enforcement

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Police killings of unarmed African American men have been highly publicized and heavily debated as a horrific social problem in recent years. Michael A. Robinson writes that this social ill can be traced back to the start of the slave trade.  The relationship between police and Black men reflects how the white majority has perceived Black men throughout the […]

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    Perceptions of voter fraud are boosted by many Americans’ hostility towards immigrants.

Perceptions of voter fraud are boosted by many Americans’ hostility towards immigrants.

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One of Donald Trump’s earliest claims as President was that millions voted illegally in the 2016 election. Given that research has found that voter fraud in the US is exceptionally rare, how can many Americans’ concerns about illegal voting be explained? In new research, Adriano Udani and David Kimball find that anti-immigrant attitudes – especially towards Mexicans – strongly […]

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    Allies in name only? Latino-only leadership on DACA may trigger implicit racial biases among White liberals

Allies in name only? Latino-only leadership on DACA may trigger implicit racial biases among White liberals

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At the beginning of September, President Trump announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program within six months. Activists mobilized immediately in response to protect the program which provides temporary shelter from deportation to those covered by the DREAM Act. In new survey research, Sergio Garcia-Rios, Kassra AR Oskooii and Hannah Walker find that when […]

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    The money bail system places undue burden on the incarcerated poor- but risk informed release can change that

The money bail system places undue burden on the incarcerated poor- but risk informed release can change that

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The money bail system widely used throughout the American criminal justice system requires a defendant to pay a specified sum of money or await their trail from a jail cell, placing undue burden on the poor. New research by Dottie Carmichael, Heather Caspers, Nicholas Davis, Trey Marchbanks, George Naufal and Steve Wood focuses on the use of validated risk […]

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    In Tennessee, crime really does pay – for private prison providers.

In Tennessee, crime really does pay – for private prison providers.

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Tennessee has a relatively high incarceration rate compared to other American states, with African Americans disproportionately represented in the state’s jails. Gerald K. Fosten writes that conservative rhetoric and fear mongering about African Americans combines with the lobbying of legislators by private prison providers motivated by profit to increasingly send African Americans to prison even at a time of […]

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    Public opinion is less supportive of redistribution and social security in the US than in Europe – but many US citizens want to see more done to reduce poverty and inequality

Public opinion is less supportive of redistribution and social security in the US than in Europe – but many US citizens want to see more done to reduce poverty and inequality

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Congressional Republicans failed to repeal and dismantle Obamacare this past August, which has once again put the spotlight on how difficult it is to reach an agreement about health care coverage for US citizens. This lies in stark contrast to policies in most countries in Western Europe, where universal health care coverage is taken for granted. How can we […]

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