United States Courts: Judiciary Studies Use of Online Tool in Presentence Reports

United States Courts: Judiciary Studies Use of Online Tool in Presentence Reports. “The Federal Judicial Center (FJC) will soon begin a two-year pilot study of the impact of including data from a U.S. Sentencing Commission online tool in presentence investigation reports used during the sentencing phase of criminal cases. Called the Judiciary Sentencing Information platform (JSIN), the publicly available tool provides five years of cumulative data for people who were convicted of a similar or the same crime, have a similar criminal history, and have been convicted of an offense that falls under the same sentencing guideline.”

Solitary Watch: New Report And Public Database Track Legislation To Limit Or End Solitary Confinement

Solitary Watch: New Report And Public Database Track Legislation To Limit Or End Solitary Confinement . “The first-of-its-kind report utilizes new data made available through the Unlock The Box Legislation Tracker, an interactive database of solitary confinement bills from 2009 to present day. Justice advocates, government officials and policy makers, and public citizens can freely access the Legislation Tracker to review state by state proposals and actions, as well as trend-based data visualizations.”

Oklahoma Department of Libraries: The archivists at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries digitized 285 prisoner newsletters, spanning from 1937 to 1973, for you to view online.

Oklahoma Department of Libraries: The archivists at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries digitized 285 prisoner newsletters, spanning from 1937 to 1973, for you to view online.. “The newsletters were written by the inmates at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary and Oklahoma State Reformatory. The collection consists of five different newsletters: The Eye Opener, Soonerland, Tidings, Granite Nugget, and the OSR News & Views.”

KCCI: Missing Iowans’ photos still not posted on database

KCCI: Missing Iowans’ photos still not posted on database. “Late last year, a KCCI investigation sparked change in the Iowa Legislature. That investigation asked why so many missing Iowans were also missing photos on the state’s database… Three weeks after the story aired, a bill to allow police agencies to use driver’s license photos was introduced in the Iowa House. It was signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds in late May. Now, roughly six months later, pictures are still missing from the majority of the more than 300 people on the state database.”

The Marshall Project: The Books Banned in Your State’s Prisons

The Marshall Project: The Books Banned in Your State’s Prisons. “Over the past year, reporters for The Marshall Project asked every state prison system for book policies and lists of banned publications. About half of the states said they kept such lists, which contained more than 50,000 titles. We’ve created a searchable database so you can see for yourself which books prisons don’t want incarcerated people to read.”

University of Hawaii News: Papers from nationally-recognized UH criminologist now available

University of Hawaii News: Papers from nationally-recognized UH criminologist now available. “Research into the brutal shakedown of the Oʻahu Community Correctional Center in 1981, and the experience and backgrounds of delinquent girls and incarcerated women in Hawaiʻi are highlights of the work of former University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa women’s studies program director and professor emerita Meda Chesney-Lind, which is now available online. University Archives has made Chesney-Lind’s collection of research and academic work as a scholar and activist with a focus on women and crime available on ArchivesSpace.”

Green Valley Ranch murder case: Google evidence will be allowed at teen’s trial (9News)

9News: Green Valley Ranch murder case: Google evidence will be allowed at teen’s trial. “Gavin Seymour, then 16 years old, Kevin Bui, also 16 years old at the time, and an unnamed 15-year-old boy were arrested in connection with the case. Police said the search warrant served on Google showed that the suspects had searched for the exact address — 5312 N. Truckee St. — multiple times in the two weeks before the fire.”

Detroit Free Press: New Wayne County Jail dashboard offers statistics, charts in push for transparency

Detroit Free Press: New Wayne County Jail dashboard offers statistics, charts in push for transparency . Wayne County is the most populous county in Michigan, with just under 1.8 million people. Its county seat is Detroit. “The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network on Thursday morning announced the launch of a free, online database providing demographic figures, mental health data and other information on the county jail population.”

Electronic Frontier Foundation: Study of Electronic Monitoring Smartphone Apps Confirms Advocates’ Concerns of Privacy Harms

Electronic Frontier Foundation: Study of Electronic Monitoring Smartphone Apps Confirms Advocates’ Concerns of Privacy Harms. “Researchers at the University of Washington and Harvard Law School recently published a groundbreaking study analyzing the technical capabilities of 16 electronic monitoring (EM) smartphone apps used as ‘alternatives’ to criminal and civil detention.”

Washington Post: How vigilante ‘predator catchers’ are infiltrating the criminal justice system

Washington Post: How vigilante ‘predator catchers’ are infiltrating the criminal justice system. “In the past three years, at least 160 groups have been ‘catching predators’ in the United States, according to a Washington Post analysis of their social media posts. This year alone, a YouTube channel tracking catchers has counted more than 920 stings by amateurs. Some are fueled by right-wing rhetoric about ‘groomers’ and the need to ‘save the children.’ Some are parents fearful for their own kids, or, like Schmutte, say they are called by God to do this work. Some make thousands of dollars from clicks and donations.”

WWLP: Massachusetts Criminal Justice database open to the public

WWLP: Massachusetts Criminal Justice database open to the public. “The Baker Administration has announced a new online dashboard aimed at consolidating data from the state’s criminal justice system. It was initially part of 2018’s criminal justice reform law and is designed to increase transparency and public access to this type of data. The dashboard records inmate populations both in individual counties and the state’s department of corrections.”

GCN: NC rolls out criminal justice data portal

GCN: NC rolls out criminal justice data portal. “North Carolina’s Criminal Justice Analysis Center (CJAC) announced a new centralized, interactive portal for criminal justice data collected by agencies across the state. The Justice Data Portal aims to provide broad access to criminal justice data and is launching with data from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), the FBI’s crime database.”

US Department of Justice: Justice Department Establishes Initiative to Strengthen States’ Use of Criminal Justice Data

US Department of Justice: Justice Department Establishes Initiative to Strengthen States’ Use of Criminal Justice Data. “Justice Counts is being created in response to calls from policymakers and public safety professionals for more actionable data on crime, incarceration, community supervision and related topics. State leaders are making budgetary and policy decisions based on data that are inconsistently collected and reported across the comparable agencies in their jurisdictions…. Justice Counts will deliver a set of key recommended criminal justice metrics as well as aggregation tools that make the most of data already collected to help leaders reach informed decisions without requiring costly upgrades.”

KPIX: San Francisco DA Launches New Portal For Criminal Justice Data

KPIX: San Francisco DA Launches New Portal For Criminal Justice Data. “The office of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin revealed the new portals on its website allowing residents to access detailed criminal justice information. The recently built ‘SFDA Prosecutions of SFPD Incidents & Arrests’ dashboard tracks the number and types of incidents reported to the San Francisco Police Department that result in arrest as well as those that are prosecuted.”