News of Interest

News of Interest

| by Doug Smith | Los Angeles Times
Through Pay for Success, NCCD is partnering to help people with mental illness or substance abuse disorders side step the “revolving door” of the Los Angeles County Jail. Just in Reach, a supportive housing program, aims to reduce the high rate of recidivism and homelessness among this group—…
| by Mikayla Corrigan | Daily Collegian
Jelani Cobb, 2017 Media for a Just Society Award winner in the TV/Video category, spoke about the current situation for people of color in the United States at Penn State University on November 13. Read about Cobb’s talk…
| by NCCD
NCCD is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award and the Media for a Just Society Awards—given annually to recognize meaningful insight into the complexities of US social systems. This year’s…
| by Everett Mitchell | Madison Magazine
At the end of his first year as a Dane County (Wisconsin) Circuit Court judge, Everett Mitchell reflects on his efforts to disrupt the pipeline from child welfare to the juvenile justice and adult criminal justice systems in…
| by Adam Neufeld | The Marshall Project
Adam Neufeld defends risk assessment tools—with a caveat—in a recent commentary for The Marshall Project. He argues that algorithms, combined with thoughtful input and decision making from workers in the criminal justice system, is the best way to move forward. Read the article…
| by NCCD
The Marshall Project, in collaboration with the New Yorker, has created a series of short videos entitled “We Are Witnesses.” The series collects the stories of individuals who have been touched by the criminal justice system—whether as victims, inmates, prosecutors, family members, or…
| by Sarah Macaraeg | Reveal
In collaboration with the Criminal Justice Project and published by Reveal, Sarah Macaraeg examines the detention of immigrants in a New Mexico private prison. The detention and possible deportation of immigrants is a billion-dollar business for the for-profit prison industry. To read…
| by Ellora Thadaney Israni | The New York Times
Ellora Thadaney Israni published an op-ed in The New York Times arguing against the use of proprietary algorithms for sentencing. Israni particularly emphasizes that while algorithms seem to be objective, they are in fact plagued by the same biases that humans are, because they are…
| by Merriell Moyer | Lebanon Daily News
The Lebanon Daily News explains the child welfare experience and examines the essential child welfare services questions, “Do you take the child? Do you leave the child?” in an article by Merriell Moyer from October 12, 2017. NCCD’s Julie Davis addressed questions like these in her…
| by Sibella Matthews | Government Innovators Network
A blog post from the Government Innovators Network looks at the advantages of interagency data sharing referred to as “Birth Match.” This approach, used in several states, cross-checks newborn birth records with any CPS records of the biological parents regarding a previous termination of…