- Read former offender Doug Smith, who now works for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, writing on his personal blog about racial disparities in incarceration rates. See an interview with Doug here.
- Check out the web page for a Prisoners Family conference in Dallas next May.
- See a new report from the Vera Institute on policing and mental health and overview coverage from the Texas Tribune.
- Here's a suggestion for how to prosecute abusive prosecutors.
- Mark Bennett's series on attorneys who phoned in clemency for a death-row client achieved appropriate levels of scorn. See here, here, and here.
- A quick roundup of some of the good work from Grits' new contributing writers: Sandra Guerra Thompson had a couple of blog posts recently at Brandon Garrett's Forensics Forum and was quoted in this story in the Atlantic about the Waco biker shootout. Eva Ruth Moravec had two items on her personal blog last month on topics which may interest Grits readers. Michele Deitch was quoted in this story in the International Business Times on private prisons and a Dallas News story on jail suicides. Rebecca Bernhardt was quoted in a Dallas Observer article, "Presumed innocent but locked up: Dallas County's bail system punishes the poor." Lastly, Grits has been re-reading Jennifer Laurin's law review article from this spring titled, "Gideon by the Numbers: The Emergence of Evidence-Based Practice in Indigent Defense." So should you.
- Finally, thanks to Grits donors, I just ordered this book which one hopes will bolster and supplement the blog's coverage of police tech. I mention it only to let donors know the sort of thing (besides subscriptions) your blog donations go for. If you care to support this blog financially, use the Paypal buttons in the righthand column.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Hodgepodge of stuff that interested me
Just a few odds and ends, including several from close to home:
Posted by Gritsforbreakfast at 6:01 PM