Actuarial risk assessments are among the most popular tools used in American sentencing reform. However, their usage as sentencing reform tools is the subject of some controversy. Their main purpose is to identify individuals who are at risk of re-offending in the future. While these tools do provide some insight, research often neglects to mention…

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On September 18, 2020, we lost a prominent member of the United States Supreme Court. Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away after serving 27 years on the Supreme Court. Originally appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, Ginsberg was best know for her activist nature. She spent a lifetime working for gender equality for…

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A powerful new tool called JUSTFAIR now allows the public to dig through federal sentencing archives to see exactly what federal judges are doing with sentencing. It’s the first time the public has been able to see all the major federal sentencing data in one place, without having to hunt around and piece it all…

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In 2014, the Bureau of Justice (BJS) conducted a study regarding white-collar crimes and their handling in various jurisdictions. However, what precisely classifies as a “white-collar crime” is rather abstract. For the sake of this study, the BJS defines it as: “Any violation of law committed through non-violent means, involving lies, omissions, deceit, misrepresentation, or…

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