News of Interest

News of Interest

| by Isobel Whitcomb | Gizmodo
In-person visits between parents and their children in out-of-home care have been suspended, for the most part, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Video chats have replaced those visits, eliminating the ability of parents to hug and hold their children and to make true eye contact. As this story from…
| by David Helps | The Washington Post
COVID-19 has hit prisons hard. However, jails—with closer ties to the counties that run them—are even deadlier, according to a new article in The Washington Post. Some counties have responded to the pandemic with modest reforms, but the article’s author asserts that crowded jails are a…
| by Nicholas Ibarra | Santa Cruz Sentinel
The use of predictive technology has correlated with some reductions in crime in cities that include Santa Cruz, California. However, even the Santa Cruz police chief said that the data-based technology more often leads to officer conflict with communities rather than collaboration. Critics say…
| by David Muhammad and Vincent Schiraldi | Los Angeles Times
Police departments across the country are being scrutinized as citizens continue to demand an end to police brutality. However, according to the criminal justice experts who authored this opinion piece, those calling for change are overlooking a set of officers who help to maintain mass…
| by NCCD
NCCD has been added to FamilyFirstAct.org as a partner. The website is a collaborative project of national organizations and stakeholders deemed to be excellent resources for their areas of expertise. The Family First Prevention Services Act grants…
| by Charlene Taylor | Idaho Statesman
When someone shouted a racial slur at Charlene Taylor, PhD, just a week ago, she found herself “shockingly UNshocked.” But as she processed the incident, she realized that she was angry. And what made her most angry was the silence of the white people around her who had witnessed it. As a senior…
| by Clarence Wardell and Denice Ross | The Boston Globe
Protestors across the nation are demanding change, and in an op-ed today, Clarence Wardell and Denice Ross urge one concrete step that local leaders can take immediately to improve transparency and accountability: release data sets regarding police department actions and demographics. As they…
| by Serena Larkin | UW-Madison News
More than five million US children have experienced the incarceration of a parent, yet few resources exist to help these children understand and cope. A new study reports that materials developed by Sesame Workshop helped both children and their caregivers build resilience and maintain…
| by Anna Flagg | The Marshall Project and FiveThirtyEight
Some of the largest, most recent clusters of COVID-19 outbreaks in the United States have happened in correctional facilities. The most effective way to reduce the spread is to release people from those facilities before those outbreaks occur, which has happened to various degrees across the…
| by Aaron Cantu and Steenz | Vice
Vice Media and the Bail Project have teamed up to produce a series of articles that humanize the topic of pre-trial electronic monitoring. Seen as an alternative to cash bail, many jurisdictions require individuals to pay a monthly fee for being monitored. This only exacerbates difficulties for…