For newly minted Grits contributor UT Law Prof. Jennifer Laurin, see her academic oeuvre here. Grits mentioned I've been re-reading her Gideon by the Numbers. Here are a few more of her greatest hits for those not hip to her work:
- Still Convicting the Innocent
- Prosecutorial Exceptionalism: Remedial Skepticism, and the Legacy of Connick v. Thompson
- Policing Police Technology: The False Hope of Fourth Amendment Adjudicatory Oversight
- Remapping the Path Forward: Toward a Systemic View of Forensic Science Reform and Oversight
|When Santa finishes his rounds he likes|
to catch up on his criminal-justice policy reading
While we're on the subject of forensics and Grits contributing writers, see this review of University of Houston Law Prof. Sandra Guerra Thompson's new book, Cops in Lab Coats, which I understand makes an excellent stocking-stuffer. See her oeuvre of academic articles, of which I also want to read this older essay on flawed eyewitness identification, suggesting a corroboration requirement.
And since we're listing law review articles I want to read, Grits can't ignore Alexandra Natapoff: See her academic oeuvre here; if you haven't read her stuff on snitching and misdemeanors, start there. For my own catch-up list, Grits wants to sit down soon with:
- Negotiating Accuracy: DNA in the Age of Plea Bargaining (previewed here)
- Misdemeanor Decriminalization
- Deregulating Guilt: The Information Culture of the Criminal System
- A Damning Cascade of Investigative Errors: Homicide Investigation in the USA
- The Path to Exoneration
Prof. Laurin said Erin Murphy's book, Inside the Cell: The Dark Side of Forensic DNA is "burning a hole in my desk" for wont of reading. (Here's an interview with Murphy about the book.) She also suggested I add Eve Primus' article, "Culture as a Structural Problem in Indigent Defense" to the list. So let it be written, so let it be done.
Cecelia Klingele's article, "The Promises and Perils of Evidence-Based Corrections," looks both thought provoking and a tad depressing. She "seeks to highlight the unintended ways in which evidence-based tools could be used to expand, rather than reduce, state correctional control over justice-involved individuals."
Here's an analysis from last year I hadn't seen by Alycia Welch at the UT-Austin LBJ School titled, "Harris County Sheriff's Office Management Failures: Inadequate Medical Care at the Harris County Jail."
From TDCJ, "Report to Governor and Legislative Budget Board on the Monitoring of Community Supervision Diversion Funds," Dec. 1, 2015.
Here's the Texas Indigent Defense Coalition's fall newsletter, the Office of Court Administration's October newsletter, and the latest director's report from the Texas Judicial Council. For those who never saw it, the OCA's Dec. 2014 report on DPS and county interactions over asset forfeiture is worth a read. Nothing groundbreaking but some good, technical background.
Finally, the September OCA newsletter included links to several resources on pretrial detention and bail reform that look useful:
- 2012 - 2013 Policy Paper:Evidence-Based Pretrial Release (Conference of State Court Administrators)
- Results from the First Six Months of the Public Safety Assessment - Court in Kentucky (Laura and John Arnold Foundation)
- Money as a Criminal Justice Stakeholder: The Judge's Decision to Release or Detain a Defendant Pretrial (National Institute of Corrections)
- Measuring What Matters Outcome and Performance Measures for the Pretrial Services Field (National Institute of Corrections)
For that matter, though I've finished most of it, there are a few items left on my end-of-session reading list Grits never got around to; perhaps that's true for you, too.
MORE: Sandra Guerra Thompson chimes in to pass along materials from a working session convened by the White House and DOJ on Fees Fines titled, “A Cycle of Incarceration: Prison, Debt and Bail Practices.” See:
- Video of the White House convening (full day here; edited version here);
- Transcript of the Attorney General’s remarks;
- Report from the President’s Council of Economic Advisors on Fees, Fines, and Bail;
- A National Journal article about the event; and
- Background materials (here, here, here, here, and here).