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    Police use traffic stops as a form of ‘catch and release’ to disproportionately target Black Americans.

Police use traffic stops as a form of ‘catch and release’ to disproportionately target Black Americans.

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It is well known that Black Americans are targeted more often by police in traffic stops. But what happens after they are stopped? In new research, Joshua Chanin, Megan Welsh, and Dana Nurge reviewed nearly 260,000 traffic stop records from the San Diego Police Department, finding that Blacks were more likely than Whites to be subject to field interrogation […]

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    Legalised cannabis in North America is still in its honeymoon period. The long term effects may not be so positive.

Legalised cannabis in North America is still in its honeymoon period. The long term effects may not be so positive.

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Is the jury out or in on cannabis legalisation in North America? Wayne Hall writes that we only have four years of data from only two US states on the effects of the legalised drug, and that these effects are likely to change radically should the drug be legalised nationwide.

In his recent response to my article on cannabis legalization […]

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    Why getting tough on crime in hot spots may not be the answer

Why getting tough on crime in hot spots may not be the answer

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What is the best way for law enforcement to deal with crime ‘hot spots’? In recent years, police forces have tended to favor tougher enforcement strategies which proactively focus on the most problematic places. In new research which studies policing strategies in Newark, New Jersey, Eric L. Piza finds that what he calls ‘guardian actions’ such as citizen contacts, […]

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    When US presidents push for regulatory reform, liberal agency rules may be first in the firing line.

When US presidents push for regulatory reform, liberal agency rules may be first in the firing line.

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One of the concrete achievements of the Trump administration in the last 18 months has been the rapid removal of a great deal of existing regulation. But what kinds of regulations tend to be recommended for modification or removal? Simon F. Haeder and Susan Webb Yackee have studied the role of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs or […]

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    Book Review: Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology by Gary T. Marx

Book Review: Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology by Gary T. Marx

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In Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology, Gary T. Marx offers an in-depth examination of what it means to surveil and be surveilled in the contemporary era and how this is impacting the interplay of security, privacy and society. The book illustrates the slipperiness of the surveillance slope and the difficulty of assessing where and […]

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    Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is no stranger to contentious hearings

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is no stranger to contentious hearings

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This week, the US Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearings to confirm D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court. While there has been much media speculation as to how these hearings might play out, Logan Dancey, Kjersten Nelson and Eve M. Ringsmuth have analyzed Kavanaugh’s previous confirmation hearings to provide their […]

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    Guaranteeing representation at first Court appearances may be better for defendants, and cheaper for local governments  

Guaranteeing representation at first Court appearances may be better for defendants, and cheaper for local governments  

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“If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.”  It’s a familiar phrase, but what does “appointed” really mean?  In many jurisdictions in the United States, even after a judge appoints counsel for you, you may spend days or weeks in jail before you actually meet your lawyer. In new research, Alissa Pollitz Worden, Kirstin Morgan, […]

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    At the Supreme Court, women are more likely to be successful if they conform to stereotypes about their gender

At the Supreme Court, women are more likely to be successful if they conform to stereotypes about their gender

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There are relatively few women among the attorneys arguing at the Supreme Court, despite the fact that nearly 40 percent of all practicing attorneys are women. Given that overt discrimination is widely discouraged, could implicit biases against women be a cause of this poor representation? In new research, Shane A. Gleason, Jennifer J. Jones, & Jessica Rae McBean examine […]

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    Immigration self-help services for US citizens with foreign spouses uphold gender inequality, and act as unofficial border police.

Immigration self-help services for US citizens with foreign spouses uphold gender inequality, and act as unofficial border police.

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Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans apply for green cards and citizenship for their non-American spouses. And while gender and race-based discrimination is a thing of the past in US immigration policy, new research from Gina Marie Longo reveals that gender inequality is alive and well in the forums where petitioners seek immigration advice. Studying over 2 million […]

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    What Black Lives Matter can learn from the 1960s struggle for Civil Rights

What Black Lives Matter can learn from the 1960s struggle for Civil Rights

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For the past five years, the Black Lives Matter movement has attempted to tackle the systemic racism present in the US which dehumanizes and devalues the lives of its black citizens. Dewey M. Clayton writes that Black Lives Matter has a number of important parallels and differences with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Using evidence […]

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