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What Really Causes Mass Incarceration?

In a new book, law professor John Pfaff unpacks the standard story of what causes mass incarceration in the United States. Prison overcrowding, racial disparities, and privatization are clear symptoms of a system in need of reform. To gain ground on correcting these symptoms, we need to properly understand the causes. The Standard Story of…

201709.20
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Who Do Police Body Cameras Help?

Over the past few years, the use of body cameras on police officers has become more and more commonplace. The introduction of cameras has made it possible to corroborate testimonies provided by police, suspects, and witnesses, which ideally makes it an incredibly useful tool for everyone involved. The Benefits of Police Body Cameras First of all, the…

201706.07
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How to Deal With Unethical Prosecutors

A colleague from Berkley School of Law recently shared his research paper, “Using Deterrence Theory to Promote Prosecutorial Accountability.” This has been a hot topic recently as media reports and entertainment both highlight unethical conduct by prosecutors. The judicial review process reveals instances of prosecutorial misconduct. But then what happens? Wrongful convictions, harsher sentencing, and…