In a book review, published in the inaugural edition of the Academic Chatter Review of Books, I discuss Character: What It Means and Why It Matters by Deborah L. Rhode. Professor Rhode is one of the leading experts on legal ethics in America, a professor at Stanford Law School, and director of the Center … Continue reading Book Review: Character: What It Means and Why It Matters by Deborah L. Rhode. New York. Oxford University Press. 2019. 336 pp.
The Reid Technique and Law Enforcement Interrogations of Juveniles
John E. Reid and Associates recently filed a defamation suit against Netflix and Ava DuVernay. The lawsuit arises from the recent series, When They See Us, which dramatizes the Central Park jogger case. Although the merits of the suit will be decided by the court, the Netflix series is not the first to call into question … Continue reading The Reid Technique and Law Enforcement Interrogations of Juveniles
Polygraph testing and treatment of sexual offenders
Why polygraph testing of sexual offenders is not an effective treatment strategy On May 9, the Colorado legislature passed House Bill 1427, which prohibits individuals with a vested economic interest in administration of polygraph tests from serving on the sex offender management board (SOMB). Beyond the issue of conflict of interest, there are other reasons … Continue reading Polygraph testing and treatment of sexual offenders
How does data shape justice?
What we don't know about risk assessment in the justice system In the criminal justice system, data has become a hot topic, and often the driving force behind decisions related to law enforcement activities, pretrial release on bail, sentencing decisions, and release on parole. It is commonly believed that predictions related to recidivism that are … Continue reading How does data shape justice?
Why a good defense and the justice system need science
With the tremendous financial and psychological burden on the public and defender systems, maybe it's time to use science to reduce both.