News of Interest

News of Interest

| by NCCD
The NCCD Board of Directors elected a slate of officers to serve two-year terms at their mid-January meeting: Paul Castro, JD; Fran Allegra, JD; Michael Pearson; and Theron Bowman, PhD.   …
| by Richard Oppel Jr. and Jugal K. Patel | The New York Times
It happened to Jack Talaska, then a public defender in Louisiana: His felony caseload for April 27, 2017, numbered 194. According to a 2017 workload study of the Louisiana public defense system, each of those cases would require somewhere between 21 and 70 hours, depending on the level of felony…
| by Claudia Boyd-Barrett | California Health Report
NCCD Chief Program Officer Angie Wolf said she is optimistic about California Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposal to move the state’s Division of Juvenile Justice from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to Health and Human…
| by Jessica Pryce | The Chronicle of Social Change
In The Chronicle of Social Change, Jessica Pryce responds to the recent blog post by Naomi Schafer Riley, "No, The Child Welfare System Isn’t Racist." Pryce addresses…
| by By Colleen V. Chien and Clarence Wardell III | The Hill
In an opinion piece for The Hill, Colleen Chien and Clarence Wardell describe—and praise—bipartisan efforts to pass common-sense criminal justice system reform. However, echoing the concerns of the civil rights community, the authors caution against the First Step Act’s requirement to…
| by NCCD
NCCD is thrilled to announce the winners of the 25th annual Media for a Just Society Awards, the only national recognition of media whose work furthers public understanding of criminal justice, juvenile justice, child…
| by Eli Hager | The Marshall Project
“Holistic defense” in its true form—which considers clients’ current court cases along with other life problems that may have led them to criminal conduct—is the subject of a new study with promising results. RAND Corporation and the University of Pennsylvania Law School compared outcomes of…
| by Reginald Dwayne Betts | The New York Times Magazine
Typical for those who have served time in prison for a felony conviction, Reginald Dwayne Betts faced many barriers following his release at age 24. Even though he spent his eight-year incarceration reading great literature, writing 1,000 poems, teaching himself Spanish, and completing a…
| by Matthew Watkins | Center for Court Innovation
It’s risk assessment. And in this “New Thinking” podcast, host Matt Watkins discusses the issue with two of his coworkers at the Center for Court Innovation: Sarah Picard, a research director, and Julian Adler, director of policy and research.…
| by Josh Rovner | The Atlantic
Many American teenagers—especially low-income youth of color—who commit crimes end up in adult courts, jails, and prisons, suffering lifelong consequences for decisions made as kids. Those who end up with felony convictions face ongoing barriers to employment, housing, and voting. This is …