ACS Report on Judicial Diversity

The American Constitution Society recently released a report, The Gavel Gap, on the demographics of state court judges, highlighting the discrepancies among the demographics of our communities, law school graduates, and judges on the bench. Overall, the report finds that courts are not representative of neither our communities generally nor the legal community specifically. As the Brennan Center puts it,… Read more →

Field Testing in Drug Arrests

Earlier this month, both The New York Times and The Marshall Project ran excellent stories on how a roadside field tests for drugs can return false positives that send innocent people to jail or even cause them to plead guilty when they did not possess drugs. The articles highlighted alarming uses of field tests in Florida and Texas, where people… Read more →

Chicago Appleseed at NACM 2016 presenting on Criminal Justice Reform

At this year’s National Association of Case Management (NACM) conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (July 10-14) Ali Abid, Senior Criminal Justice Policy Analyst at Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and Peter Coolsen, Court Administrator for the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County are presenting “Administering the Courts in a Time of Criminal Justice Reform.” The presentation explores concepts… Read more →