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Freelance Journalist and Writer, Pacific Standard

I write about crime for @pacificstand and edit @thebafflermag's website. Previously: @CJR, @capitalnewyork, @longformpodcast.

Cycles of Fear and Bias in the Criminal Justice System — Exploring the psychological roots of racial disparity in U.S. prisons. * Discussions about how to reform the criminal justice system-whether through sentence-reduction proposals for low-level crimes, or limiting the use of data analysis in making sentencing decisions, or fighting voter disenfranchisement -all have one talking point in common.

The Psychology of Bribery and Corruption — An FBI agent offered up confidential information about a political operative's enemy in exchange for cash-and they both got caught. What were they thinking? * This one's a head-shaker.

Faster Justice, Closer: The Power of Community Courts — Community courts across the country are fighting judicial backlog and lowering re-arrest rates. * In the summer of 1993, the New York Times reported on what was, at the time, the start of a three-year experiment in local justice-the opening of the Midtown Community Court in Manhattan.

Why Solitary Confinement Hurts Juveniles More Than Adults — In a long-awaited move, New York City's Department of Correction has finally decided to end its practice of putting teenaged offenders in solitary confinement cells. Currently, fights and other infractions can land kids in solitary for weeks, months, sometimes years.

Can prisons predict which inmates will try to escape? — When considered in relation to the sheer size of the incarcerated population of the United States, prison escapes are rare and on the decline - and most escaped convicts are quickly caught. Still, jailbreak stories are always bound to make the news, tapping into, as they do, our twin emotions of fear and adventure.

Can Prisons Predict Which Inmates Will Try to Escape? — And what can they do to prevent it? * When considered in relation to the sheer size of the incarcerated population of the United States, prison escapes are rare and on the decline -and most escaped convicts are quickly caught.

Adoption Fraud and Pregnancy Scams — Another group that's especially vulnerable to scams and fraud is that made up of those who are desperate to adopt a child. * Fraudsters and fakes of all kinds know to choose the most vulnerable and trusting people as their victims, which makes their crimes heinous, and also makes their crimes possible in the first place.

When Counterfeit and Contaminated Drugs Are Deadly — The cost and the crackdown, worldwide. * For Food and Drug Administration and law enforcement officials with a special interest in cracking down on counterfeit and contaminated pharmaceuticals, September has already proved to be a very busy month.

Prescription Painkiller Abuse Linked With Heroin — As states crack down hard on pain prescriptions, some are seeing a resurgence in abuse of the harder stuff. * There are times when crime-fighting and public health policy can resemble giant games of Whac-A-Mole. Increase police patrols and bright streetlamps to fight street crime in one neighborhood, and that crime might just migrate to the next neighborhood over.

The psychological trauma of witnessing an execution — The inimitable Pamela Colloff has a story in Texas Monthly called "The Witness." It's a powerful portrait of Michelle Lyons, a woman who watched 278 executions by lethal injection over 10 years - as part of her job, first as a reporter on the prison, and then as a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
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Oct 30, 2014

RT @urbaninstitute: White males in the US have a 1 in 17 chance of going to jail; for black males, it’s 1 in 3, reports @lkirchner

Oct 30, 2014

RT @PacificStand: The psychological roots of racial disparities in the criminal justice system—it's a cycle of fear and bias:

Oct 29, 2014

@SamKQBoro If you follow the links in the story, you can find the source documents from the DoJ, and maybe find what you're looking for

Oct 24, 2014

RT @PacificStand: The psychology of bribery and corruption, and why it's more common in some cultures than in others: by @lkirchner

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