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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 […]

Book Review: The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale

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In The End of Policing, Alex S. Vitale offers an indictment of contemporary policing in the US, condemning not only the roles and actions of the US police, but also the extensive, growing reach of crime control and criminalisation processes. While the book cannot fully realise its ambition to envisage ‘policing without the police’, this is a welcome challenge to reformist thinking and […]

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    Voters are much more likely to support immigrant-family separation if they watch Fox News or read Breitbart

Voters are much more likely to support immigrant-family separation if they watch Fox News or read Breitbart

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In June, following a massive public outcry, President Donald Trump suspended his administration’s policy of forcibly separating immigrant families who had crossed the US-Mexico border. Despite the backlash, a majority of Republicans supported Trump’s family-separation policy. In new research based on a recent survey, Kevin Cope and Charles Crabtree take an in-depth look at what drives people’s positions on […]

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    People feel safer when they see effective counterterrorism policies in action

People feel safer when they see effective counterterrorism policies in action

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Since 2001’s 9/11 attacks, Americans have had to live with the increased threat of terrorism. But how can governments reassure their citizens who may be understandably anxious about potential terrorist attacks? In new research, Aaron M. Hoffman finds that while being reminded about terrorism makes people more anxious, they can be reassured when shown evidence of their government’s effective […]

How we might begin to reduce school shootings in America

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The past two decades have seen a marked increase in both the number and severity of school shootings. Following a meta-analysis of factors common to many of these school shootings, William Jeynes suggests a number of potential solutions. These include supporting parental involvement with their children, reintroducing character education in schools, and more intelligent gun laws.

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