During its meeting in New York City on October 18 and 19, the ALI Council reviewed drafts for seven Institute projects. Drafts or portions of drafts for six projects received Council approval, subject to the meeting discussion and to the usual prerogative to make nonsubstantive editorial improvements
The Policing Project, in partnership with the Stanford Computational Policy Lab, traveled to Nashville to release our assessment of the use of traffic stops by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) as a crime fighting strategy in the city. Our thorough assessment of using traffic stops to address crime—the first study of its kind in the nation—was presented before the city council and the public.
This project is providing guidance to legislative bodies, courts, and policing issues where there is the most need, including where research, technology, and experience are rendering current approaches to policing obsolete.
For decades, California has kept police misconduct records exempt from public records requests, denying citizens (and even prosecutors and defense attorneys in court cases) easy access to information about law enforcement behavior.
“What the #Metoo Campaign Teaches About Stop and Frisk” applies feminist tools to investigate current policing methods. Feminist tools exposed sexual harassment by listening to the stories of those affected, by a nuanced understanding of power dynamics, and by recognizing that consent is impossible within certain unequal relationships.
A New York Times op-ed piece discusses the recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Carpenter v. United States, which ruled that the government must now have probable cause and a warrant to access cellphone location records.
In November 2017, a state appellate court did something almost unprecedented: It held that a trial judge made an error by admitting testimony on latent fingerprinting.
Over the past several years there has been increased focus on the way police are treated by the criminal justice system and their own internal disciplinary mechanisms. Scholars and the media have taken note of special interrogation protections afforded to the police when they become the target of internal or criminal investigation.
California Supreme Court upholds collection of DNA from suspected felons not yet convicted of a crimeSean Emery
The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that authorities are legally entitled to collect DNA from suspected felons when they are booked into local lockups, overturning a lower court ruling that questioned the constitutionality of the practice.
USA Today addresses the privacy concerns raised after Congress passed the CLOUD Act, a bill that would allow police in other countries to have access to emails and other electronic communications more easily from their own citizens as well as Americans.