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Study reveals incarceration's hidden wounds for African-American men
There's a stark and troubling way that incarceration diminishes the ability of a former inmate to empathize with a loved one behind bars, but existing sociological theories fail to capture it, Vanderbilt University sociologists have found. (2016-06-02)

Large reductions in prison population can be made without endangering public safety
A paper published in the journal Criminology & Public Policy addresses one of the most important crime policy questions in America: can prison populations be reduced without endangering the public? (2016-05-11)

Sex exchange a heightened risk factor among women with incarceration history
A new study suggests that if prison health providers ask women whether they have exchanged sex for drugs or money, they may find that more than one in four have, and that they are at especially high risk for health and social problems. (2016-05-02)

Study finds high death rate among people who are or have been incarcerated
People recently released from correctional facilities in Ontario had a risk of dying from a drug overdose 56 times greater than the general population, a new study has found. (2016-04-27)

States with punitive justice systems have higher rates of foster care, study finds
The number of children in foster care across the country is driven not solely by child abuse and neglect, but by states' varying politics and approaches to social problems, a new University of Washington study finds. (2016-04-19)

Steinhardt scholars present research on diversity, inequality, and technology at AERA 2016
More that 70 NYU scholars convened in Washington, DC, for the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, the largest gathering of academics in the field of education research. (2016-04-11)

Minorities' homicide victimization rates fall significantly compared to whites'
A new study reveals that while homicide victimization rates declined for whites, blacks, and Hispanics in the United States from 1990-2010, the drop was much more precipitous for the two minority groups. (2016-03-31)

Opioid relapse rates fall with use of medication for adults in criminal justice system
The first multi-site US clinical trial of extended-release naltrexone shows promise for more effective treatment of opioid addiction. (2016-03-30)

Leading global health commission calls for reform of drug policies worldwide
A leading global public health commission is calling for new policies that would transform our approach to drug use, addiction and control worldwide, including the decriminalization of minor and non-violent drug offenses. (2016-03-24)

The Lancet: Experts call for global drug policy reform as evidence shows 'war on drugs' has harmed public health and human rights
Fifty years of drug policies aimed at restricting and criminalizing drug use and minor possession have had serious detrimental effects on the health, well-being and human rights of drug users and the wider public, according to a major new report by The Lancet and Johns Hopkins University in the US. (2016-03-24)

White delinquent youth more likely to abuse hard drugs than blacks
Abuse and dependence on 'hard drugs' (cocaine, hallucinogen or PCP, opiate, amphetamine and sedatives) are less common among delinquent African American youth than those who are non-Hispanic white, according to a new, 12-year longitudinal Northwestern Medicine study. (2016-03-17)

Wealth doesn't protect US blacks from greater chance of incarceration
The chances of incarceration in America are always higher for blacks than for whites or Hispanics, regardless of their level of wealth, according to a new study led by Khaing Zaw of Duke University in the US In addition, blacks and Hispanics who had previously served jail time were significantly poorer than their white counterparts. (2016-03-10)

Study identifies racial bias in US court sentencing decisions
Petty criminals who are black are more likely to be jailed than their white counterparts and serve longer sentences for low severity crimes, according to new research. (2016-02-29)

Reverse US funding freeze on research into gun violence, say experts
A ban on federal funding of research into gun violence initiated by Congress in 1997 must be overturned to improve understanding of gun use and how best to control it, argue experts in The BMJ today. (2016-02-10)

Cutting prison sentences could reduce spread of HIV, study suggests
Reducing the number of men who go to prison could help curb the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in a community, according to research published in Social Science & Medicine. (2016-02-09)

Incarceration of a family member during childhood associated with heart attacks in men
Men who as children experienced a family member's incarceration are approximately twice as likely to have a heart attack in later adulthood in comparison with men who were not exposed to such a childhood trauma, according to a study in the March Journal of Criminal Justice. (2016-02-04)

Can prison visitation reduce recidivism?
A study funded by the National Science Foundation will explore if prison visitation can help reduce recidivism rates and whether there are gender, racial, and ethnic differences in these patterns. (2016-01-27)

Hepatitis C prevention, control efforts should focus on incarcerated individuals
More than 1 in 9 people with hepatitis C in Canada spend time in a correctional facility each year -- this presents unique opportunity to focus hepatitis C prevention and control efforts. (2015-12-17)

University of Washington project focuses on fines and fees that create 'prisoners of debt'
Court-imposed fines and fees can tie offenders to the criminal justice system for life and impact their ability to move on with their lives. A new University of Washington research project will investigate how those fees are implemented in eight US states and their impact on individuals. (2015-12-04)

Incarcerated mothers impact children's future criminal involvement
Children of incarcerated mothers are twice as likely to be arrested, convicted and incarcerated as adults, according to a study by Sam Houston State University scholars. (2015-12-02)

Research shows how Japanese American internment camps were covered during World War II
Drexel Communications Professor Ron Bishop published a book analyzing how the internment of people of Japanese American descent, mostly American citizens, was covered by local newspapers during World War Two. (2015-07-06)

SHSU professor investigates parent-child visitation in prison
It's not 'cupcakes and lollipops' for most children who visit a parent in prison, with two-thirds reported to have negative experiences including fear, anger, anxiety, and related reactions, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Justice by Melinda Tasca, Ph.D., of Sam Houston State University. (2015-06-25)

Nearly half of African-American women know someone in prison
African-American adults -- particularly women -- are much more likely to know or be related to someone behind bars than whites, according to the first national estimates of Americans' ties to prisoners. (2015-06-12)

Penn study: Processing arrested juveniles as adults has small effect on their recidivism
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found a three to five percent reduction in the probability of criminal recidivism among a sample of juveniles arrested for felony drug offenses, some of whom were processed as adults due to their age at the time of their arrests. (2015-06-09)

Study: Juvenile incarceration yields less schooling, more crime
Teenagers who are incarcerated tend to have substantially worse outcomes later in life than those who avoid serving time for similar offenses, according to a distinctive new study co-authored by an MIT scholar. (2015-06-09)

CWRU social work researchers create easier, accurate way to analyze TSCC trauma results
A Case Western Reserve University social work research team, led by Fredrick Butcher, Ph.D., a research associate at the Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, has proposed and tested an alternative method to using the Trauma Symptoms Checklist for Children in assessing trauma in children -- especially those in the juvenile justice system. (2015-05-29)

Health factors influence ex-prisoners' chances of returning to jail
Ex-prisoners with a history of risky drug use, mental illness or poverty are more likely to end up back behind bars. Those who are obese, are chronically ill or have attempted suicide are more likely to remain in the community. These are the findings from a study into health-related factors that could be used to predict whether a person released from prison will end up in custody again, published in Springer's journal Health & Justice. (2015-05-28)

Inmates denied methadone treatment less likely to seek it once free
When people on methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) are incarcerated in the United States, they are almost always forced off of the addiction-controlling medicine. In a randomized trial led by researchers at Brown University and the Miriam Hospital, inmates allowed to stay on MMT while in jail proved much more likely to seek treatment after release than those whose treatment was interrupted. (2015-05-28)

The Lancet Psychiatry: Death rate from alcohol and drug misuse in former prisoners alarmingly high
Alcohol and drug misuse are responsible for around a third of all deaths in former male prisoners and half in female ex-prisoners, a new study of almost 48,000 ex-prisoners published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal has found. Moreover, the research shows that a substantial proportion of these deaths are from preventable causes, including accidents and suicide (42 percent in men and 70 percent in women). (2015-04-21)

Benefits of heroin treatment for drug users
Drug users who do not benefit from conventional treatments for heroin addiction should be able to access the drug through the health system, urges a Canadian expert in The BMJ today. (2015-04-14)

Opioid relapse rates fall after jail release, according to pilot study
It has been called a pioneering strategy for treating opioid addiction, and has already been adopted in a small yet growing number of jails and prisons in the United States. Now, a clinical trial published in the journal Addiction by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center finds that the extended-release medication naltrexone (XR-NTX) is associated with a significant decline in relapse rates for a group of mostly heroin-dependent men after their release from New York City jails. (2015-04-14)

How does prison time affect relationships?
A new study highlights the complicated spillover effects of incarceration on the quality of relationships. (2015-03-16)

Powder vs. crack: NYU study identifies arrest risk disparity for cocaine use
Crack users are much more likely to experience arrest than powder cocaine users, and being poor is the true overwhelming correlate, not being black or a minority. (2015-02-20)

Gender roles: Men and women are not so different after all
Gender is a large part of our identity that is often defined by our psychological differences as men and women. Not surprisingly, those differences are reflected in many gender stereotypes -- men rarely share their feelings, while women are more emotional -- but an Iowa State University researcher says in reality men and women are more alike than we may think. (2015-01-29)

Child maltreatment not a clear path to adult crime
Research has long made a connection between childhood abuse and neglect and crime in adulthood. But a University of Washington study found that when other factors are considered, that link all but disappears. (2015-01-28)

Research paper says women in prison need and want treatment for physical and sexual abuse
Women in prison want and need specific treatment for traumas such as physical and sexual abuse, a new research paper says. (2015-01-06)

Size of minority population impacts states' prison rates, Baker Institute researcher finds
New research from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy found that states with a large minority population tend to incarcerate more people. (2014-10-13)

Sesame Street teaches physicians a lesson
More than two million people are incarcerated in the United States, the world's highest incarceration rate. Scott A. Allen, M.D., a professor of medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, and two colleagues report in Annals of Internal Medicine that while many people need to be in prison for the safety of society, a majority are incarcerated due to behaviors linked to treatable diseases such as mental illness and addiction. (2014-10-06)

News from Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet -- Oct. 7, 2014
The Oct. 7 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine includes: 'Sesame Street inspires physicians to advocate for criminal justice reform'; 'Opinion: Hospitals should promote (2014-10-06)

How do lawyers matter? Study explores the question for low-income litigants
A study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that was recently awarded a two-year $300,000 grant by the National Science Foundation is exploring questions confronting the legal profession in its effort to improve access to justice for low-income unrepresented civil litigants. (2014-09-29)

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