The Truth About Trust and Police

The NAACP Legal Fund reviews the Heritage Report and examines the issue of trust between the police and the community. Read the article here.

Could the Charlottesville Attack Become a Federal Case?

The Justice Department announced that it will be opening a Civil Rights Investigation into the Charlottesville, VA attack. Read the article here.

Too Many Women Being Incarcerated for Low-Level Crimes?

Officials from both the Democratic and Republican Party say too many women are being incarcerated for low-level crimes. Access the article here.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Statement on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigation on Gangs

Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Criminal Division Delivers Statement Before U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations on Gangs. Access the remarks here.

President Obama weighs in on the role of the presidency in criminal justice reform

Before leaving office, President Barack Obama authored an article in the Harvard Law Review in which he discussed his views on how the president can influence the criminal justice system in the United States and advance reform within the system itself.  To read the entire article, you can access it at http://harvardlawreview.org/2017/01/the-presidents-role-in-advancing-criminal-justice-reform/#stq=&stp=1

Criminal Justice Program Hosts “Violence, Risk and Guns” Discussion with Josh Horwitz On October 18th

On October 18th, the Criminal Justice Program will host Josh Horwitz, Executive Director of the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, as he gives a talk entitled “Violence, Risk and Guns” on gun violence in the United States.  This discussion will last from 12 pm to 1 pm in Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center.

Conservative Justice Reform Advocates React to New FBI Crime Report

Several conservative justice reform advocates reacted the the release of the FBI’s annual crime report last week.  They commented that while any increase in the violent crime rate is concerning, it is not clear at the moment if this will be a continuing trend across the country.

If you would like to read all the reactions to the release of the crime report, they are available at http://rightoncrime.com/2016/09/conservative-justice-reform-advocates-react-to-new-fbi-crime-report/ .

“Law & Order in NC” presentation to be held at Winston-Salem State University

On Wednesday, March 23, Jennifer Martin, the Chief Assistant District Attorney of Forsyth County, will be giving a presentation at Winston-Salem State University titled “Law & Order in NC”.  This discussion is part of the Sustainability Series which addresses social justice issues.  Ms. Martin’s talk will cover current criminal justice issues present in North Carolina.  This presentation will last from 3:30 to 5 pm in Thompson Center 207C.

Assistant US Attorney Kevin Zolot to visit Wake Forest to discuss career as prosecutor

Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Zolot from the Western District of North Carolina  will visit Wake Forest on Thursday, February 4th to discuss his career as a federal prosecutor.  He will be speaking at noon in Room 1308 in the Worrell Professional Center. He will discuss his vast array of experiences prosecuting cyber crimes, white collar crimes, and various other offenses during his fourteen years with the US Department of Justice.  The Wake Forest Criminal Law Roundtable will be sponsoring the event.  Lunch will be provided.

Journalist Radley Balko to visit Wake Forest to discuss police militarization

Journalist Radley Balko, who writes for the Washington Post and other publications, will be speaking at the Worrell Professional Center on February 3rd at noon in Room 1312 about police militarization and police brutality, issues addressed in his 2013 book Rise of the Warrior Cop.  This will be an excellent opportunity for students and teachers alike who are interested in learning more about this controversial and highly relevant topic.  Lunch will be provided at the event.

Please see the links below for a selection of some of Mr. Balko’s latest articles as well as a review of Rise of the Warrior Cop.

http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/radley-balko-indictments-of-police-won-t-end-questionable-shootings/article_6000be36-5d24-5f05-9fcf-816b452767cc.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2016/01/27/profiling-oppressive-fines-and-creating-opportunities-for-escalation-the-case-against-mandatory-seat-belt-laws/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2015/12/28/federal-judge-drinking-tea-shopping-at-a-gardening-store-is-probable-cause-for-a-swat-raid-on-your-home/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diane-goldstein/radley-balko-rise-of-the-warrior-cop_b_3564438.html-