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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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    Book Review: The Death of Asylum: Hidden Geographies of the Enforcement Archipelago by Alison Mountz

Book Review: The Death of Asylum: Hidden Geographies of the Enforcement Archipelago by Alison Mountz

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In The Death of Asylum: Hidden Geographies of the Enforcement Archipelago, Alison Mountz explores how the proliferation and normalisation of the island as a site of enforcement and detention is threatening the right to asylum. Drawing on field trips to Italy’s Lampedusa Island, Australia’s Christmas Island and the US territories of Guam and Saipan to show how the enforcement archipelago is […]

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    Homelessness is North America’s pandemic within a pandemic

Homelessness is North America’s pandemic within a pandemic

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COVID-19 has exacerbated social inequalities in North America with unemployment rising to record levels. Housing security has also been severely impacted by the crisis. Cynthia Puddu discusses the links between housing affordability and potential solutions to this social crisis, such as a Universal Basic Income and the need to treat housing as a human right. 

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