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    Family prison visits increase the chance of employment after release for those who have served fewer than three prison terms

Family prison visits increase the chance of employment after release for those who have served fewer than three prison terms

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For those who have been incarcerated, employment after release can reduce the likelihood of further criminal activity and a potential return to prison. In new research, Chantal Fahmy and Matthew Gricius examine the impact of prison visits by family members on the likelihood of employment after release. Using survey data, they find that those who were visited by family […]

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    Women who argue in front of the US Supreme Court win just as often as men – but it’s harder for them to get there.

Women who argue in front of the US Supreme Court win just as often as men – but it’s harder for them to get there.

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Over the past 70 years, lawyers have argued cases before the US Supreme Court more than 10,000 times, but just under seven percent of these appearances have been by women. In new research, Jonathan S. Hack and Clinton M. Jenkins find that while over time, women have been no less likely to win a Supreme Court case than men, […]

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    ‘Taxation by citation’ in many US cities does little to protect the public and can compromise individual rights

‘Taxation by citation’ in many US cities does little to protect the public and can compromise individual rights

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Over the past decade many US cities have attempted to fix budgetary holes by raising revenues via enforcing their municipal codes. Dick M. Carpenter II investigates three cities in Georgia which undertake “taxation by citation”. He finds that the budget share of fines and fees were three times higher for these cities than in others, most citations had little […]

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    Book Review: Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right by Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Book Review: Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right by Cynthia Miller-Idriss

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In Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right, Cynthia Miller-Idriss explores the places where the far right recruit young people in communities across the US and around the world. From university campuses and Mixed Martial Arts gyms to clothing stores, online forums and YouTube lifestyle channels, the book examines the physical and virtual spaces in which hate is […]

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    Attacks from lone terrorists in the US are more severe than those who are affiliated with groups.

Attacks from lone terrorists in the US are more severe than those who are affiliated with groups.

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US counterterrorism officials continue to grapple with the issue of lone actor terrorism. However, the extent to which these individuals are more dangerous than group-affiliated terrorists is unclear. In new research, Noah Turner, Steven Chermak, and Joshua Freilich investigate the severity of lone actor terrorist attacks compared to those of other terrorists. They find that lone actors do commit […]

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    Book Review: The End of Asylum by Andrew I. Schoenholtz, Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Philip G. Schrag

Book Review: The End of Asylum by Andrew I. Schoenholtz, Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Philip G. Schrag

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In The End of Asylum, Andrew I. Schoenholtz, Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Philip G. Schrag offer a new study of the laws, policies and regulations adopted by the Donald Trump administration to severely restrict, if not outright remove, access to asylum. While questioning the book’s positioning of Trump’s treatment of asylum as an anomaly in US political history, Rémy-Paulin Twahirwa finds this […]

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    Building Back Better: Biden has taken some first steps towards a less inhumane and biased criminal justice system.  

Building Back Better: Biden has taken some first steps towards a less inhumane and biased criminal justice system.  

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With the end of the first 100 days of the Biden Administration, what progress has been made in reforming America’s criminal justice policy? As part of our Building Back Better series, Nicola Lacey writes that President Biden is moving to fulfil his election campaign promises with a range of criminal justice reforms including drug sentencing reform, robust gun controls, […]

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    After Biden’s first 100 days, it may be now or never to cement his significant leftwards pivot on economic policy.

After Biden’s first 100 days, it may be now or never to cement his significant leftwards pivot on economic policy.

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President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office have been marked by bold legislative objectives. Against the backdrop of an expansive $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, a proposed $2 trillion infrastructure bill, and a new $1.8 trillion American Families Plan, some experts have even drawn comparisons to Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift […]

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    Americans’ support for college financial aid for prisoners depends on how the benefits are described.

Americans’ support for college financial aid for prisoners depends on how the benefits are described.

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Allowing prisoners to access college-level education reduces the risk of reoffending and can save state governments money because of the reduction in future crime. But Americans, by contrast, often oppose providing prisoners such benefits. With the recent overturning of the ban on prisoners’ receiving Pell Grants, Travis M. Johnston and Kevin H. Wozniak look at how the public reacts […]

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    In Minnesota, reforms to post-release supervision for those leaving prison have been a cost-effective solution.

In Minnesota, reforms to post-release supervision for those leaving prison have been a cost-effective solution.

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In Minnesota, corrections authorities have used a program known as intensive supervised release (ISR) to monitor some of those who leave prison in the state. In new research Grant Duwe and Susan McNeeley examine the effects of recent reforms to the program which take into account the risk of reoffending by those released. They find that, compared to standard […]

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