Author Melissa Boughton

Faculty from Duke CSJ Behavioral Health Core Looking for PostDoc

The Duke Service Effectiveness Research Program in the Duke Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences is currently recruiting for a Postdoctoral Associate to join their research team. The candidate will work under the supervision of senior faculty members (and Duke… Continue Reading →

Meet This Summer’s Duke CSJ Student Interns, Fellows

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t slowed down the six students who worked with the Duke Center for Science and Justice this summer. The summer fellowships and internships at the Center provide students an opportunity to learn new information and hone their… Continue Reading →

New Study Funded by CSAFE Reveals Impact of Forensic Evidence on Jurors

The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) funded a Duke Center for Science and Justice Study that reveals the impact of forensic evidence on jurors. The article “Error Rates, Likelihood Ratios, and Jury Evaluation of Forensic Evidence”… Continue Reading →

Book Review – Lethal State: A History of the Death Penalty in North Carolina

The following book review of Lethal State: A History of the Death Penalty in North Carolina by author Seth Kotch was written by Duke Center for Science and Justice Director Brandon Garrett and posted on the Rutgers Newark site. Today,… Continue Reading →

Reading List: Black Economists on Criminal Justice

Megan Stevenson, an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, and Margaret Shin, a J.D. Candidate at the same school, recently put together a new reading list of Black economists writing about crime and criminal justice. “In a field… Continue Reading →

Researcher Makes Case for Police to Reconsider Employment Age Qualifications

This week’s Crim Works in Progress presenter was Madalyn K. Wasilczuk, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Wasilczuk’s paper, “How Police Hiring Policies Fail to Account for Emerging Adulthood,” makes a case for… Continue Reading →

NC Lawmakers to Gov. Cooper: It’s Time to Release Ronnie Long

Fourteen North Carolina lawmakers from across the state are urging Gov. Roy Cooper to commute Ronnie Long’s sentence – he is represented by Jamie Lau at Duke Law School’s Wrongful Convictions Clinic. Long, a Black man who is now 64,… Continue Reading →

Maher Underscores Importance of Public Defense in Task Force’s Racial Equity Work

Duke Center for Science and Justice Executive Director Tom Maher spoke Tuesday to the Governor’s Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice. The group, which has been working for at least a month, made its first recommendations last week… Continue Reading →

Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice Makes Recommendations; Will Hear Public Comment

The North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice adopted three new recommendations Friday, including a duty to intervene and report for law enforcement officers, a prohibition of neck holds for law enforcement officers, and a North Carolina… Continue Reading →

Upcoming Duke Event: Defund the Police – A Discussion and Q&A

Duke Center for Science and Justice Director Brandon Garrett will moderate an event Saturday exploring the merits, issues, and trade-offs of defunding-to-reallocate budget initiatives. Defund the Police movements have been around a long time, but have emerged again more prominently and… Continue Reading →

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