WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW (continued)
Police and the Community
A major new study that involved the first systematic examination of police body camera footage revealed a disparity in the way police officers talk to community members. According to the researchers, police use less respectful language when talking to black community members than when talking to white community members. See the full study here.
Chicago law enforcement is using a new algorithm to reduce crime. This algorithm uses actuarial data to attempt to predict who is most likely to be involved in a shooting, and compiles the data into a “Strategic Subject List.” Read more about this controversial method here.
The Importance of Parental Involvement
A recent longitudinal study by Dr. Caitlin Cavanagh and colleagues found that mothers with limited knowledge about the legal system are less involved in their sons’ legal issues when compared to mothers with greater knowledge. This lower parental involvement was shown to relate to higher self-reported recidivism in the year following the youth’s first arrest.
A recently published tool was created to aggregate all publicly available criminal justice data across states with the goal of highlighting systematic injustices and sparking conversation among researchers, policy-makers, and society more broadly. Click here for a background of the site’s development, and here for the actual site.
Life After Life Without Parole
On a personal note, read one man's experience about his return to the community when the law that sentenced him to a mandatory sentence of life without parole was amended, and he was unexpectedly released. This particular anecdote is important to keep in mind following the Miller and Montgomery decisions, as we expect an influx of LWOP offenders back into the community.
Media Round Up
A newly published book explores the impact of our current mental health system on individuals within it, and provides anecdotes, empirical research, and hypotheses about why so many Americans with severe mental illness experience negative outcomes such as incarceration, homelessness, and limited access to treatment.
For podcast-listeners, two new podcasts explore life behind prison walls. Written Inside, by NPR, and Ear Hustle, a collaboration between a San Francisco artist and two inmates of San Quentin Prison (background info here).
A new initiative in NYC is giving repeat low-level offenders city-subsidized housing in an effort to decrease recidivism.
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2017 DIVISION 41 APA HIGHLIGHTS
Monica Miller and Twila Wingrove have worked hard to prepare Division 41's program for the upcoming 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. The convention will take place in Washington, DC from August 3-6, 2017.
Everyone is invited to attend the Division 41 social hour on Thursday evening and the business meeting beforehand. Several of our AP-LS committees and affiliates are sponsoring special sessions, including the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and the AP-LS Student Committee. In addition, this year we are especially excited to offer programming addressing sexual violence on campus (Sexual Violence on Campus: Changing dialogue, changing culture), addiction (Re-humanizing Addiction through Education, Policy, and Practice), and the relationship between criminal justice and gender (The Justice System’s Response to Women: The Influence of Socioeconomic Status, Gender, and Race). For more detailed highlights, see pages 40-43 of the newsletter here.
ON THE JOB OR POSTDOC MARKET?
Check out AP-LS's Job Postings page for up-to-date information on available psychology-law positions here.
Note that new positions are available.