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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Nation’s Two Measures of Homicide

Categories: Crime/Justice,Statistics

Describes the two systems used to track homicides in the U.S.  Though both provide information on the nature, trends, and patterns of homicides in the U.S., they are designed for distinct purposes and collect different types of information.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


U.S. Sentencing Commission Votes Unanimously to Allow Delayed Retroactive Reduction in Drug Trafficking Sentences

Categories: Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking,Headlines

Press release announcing decision to reduce federal sentencing guideline levels for drug trafficking at the base level and apply the reduced sentences retroactively to those in prison.  The reductions would become effective after November 1, 2015.  From the U.S. Sentencing Commission


Crime in England and Wales: Year Ending March 2014

Categories: Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Statistics

Roundup of statistics on crime for the year.  Covers an estimated 7.3 million crimes, down 14% from the previous year.   From the Office of National Statistics


Women’s Access to Justice in Afghanistan: Individual Versus Community Barriers to Justice

Categories: Afghanistan,Crime/Justice,Women

This report maps how Afghan women seek justice when their rights are violated and the barriers women face in receiving a fair outcome.  Based on an ethnographic study of women’s disputes in five provinces of Afghanistan between March 2011 and January 2012.  From the United States Institute of Peace


Indigent Defense Services in the United States, FY 2008-2012

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt Finance,Statistics

Describes the indigent defense system for each state and the District of Columbia, including information on administration, methods of operation, and funding.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


State Government Indigent Defense Expenditures, FY 2008-2012

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt Finance,Statistics

Reports that states spent $2.2 billion collectively on indigent defense in 2012, the lowest amount during the 5 year period under examination.  Also provides breakdowns by state.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


An Assessment of the 1996 Department of Justice Task Force Review of the FBI Laboratory

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Science/Technology

This, the third review of irregularities by the FBI lab, reviews how the Criminal Division Task Force managed the review of cases involving the use of scientifically unsupportable analysis and overstated testimony by lab examiners in criminal cases.  Denounces the slowness of the review and the result that many convictions were based on bad science.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Justice Department.


State and Local Sanctuary Policies Limiting Participation in Immigration Enforcement

Categories: Crime/Justice,Federal State Relations,Immigration/Migration

Discusses legal issues related to state and local measures that limit law enforcement cooperation with federal authorities in identifying and removing illegal aliens.  Also discusses various measures adopted or considered by localities to limit their participation in immigration enforcement. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by University of North Texas Library


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