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Non-Citizens Face Harsher Sentencing Than Citizens in U.S. Criminal Courts

Non-Americans in the U.S. federal court system are more likely to be sentenced to prison and for longer terms compared to U.S. citizens, according to a new study.

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How Do Lawyers Matter? Study Explores the Question for Low-Income Litigants

A study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that was recently awarded a two-year $300,000 grant by the National Science Foundation is exploring questions confronting the legal profession in its effort to improve access to justice for low-income unrepresented civil litigants.

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Secret NY Fed Recordings Do Not Confirm Bank Regulator ‘Capture’

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Wash U Expert: Regulations on Tax Inversions a Move in the Right Direction

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The Power of Numbers: A Single Statistic Can Strengthen Public Support for Traffic Safety Laws

Public support for effective road safety laws, already solid, can be strengthened by a single number: a statistic that quantifies the traffic-related injury risks associated with a given law, according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Video Blinds Us to the Evidence

Where people look when watching video evidence varies wildly and has profound consequences for bias in legal punishment decisions, a team of researchers at NYU and Yale Law School has found. This study raises questions about why people fail to be objective when confronted with video evidence.

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Independence Means Instability, Say Top Economists

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When Rulers Can’t Understand the Ruled

A Johns Hopkins study a finds significant gap in demographics, experience and partisanship between Washington insiders and the Americans they govern

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Scientific Risk Assessments May Result in More Equitable Sentences

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Chris Slobogin of Vanderbilt Law School backs the use of scientific risk assessment in criminal sentencing.

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New Report: Illegal Land Clearing for Commercial Agriculture Responsible for Half of Tropical Deforestation

A comprehensive new analysis released today says that nearly half (49%) of all recent tropical deforestation is the result of illegal clearing for commercial agriculture. The study also finds that the majority of this illegal destruction was driven by overseas demand for agricultural commodities including palm oil, beef, soy, and wood products. In addition to devastating impacts on forest-dependent people and biodiversity, the illegal conversion of tropical forests for commercial agriculture is estimated to produce 1.47 gigatonnes of carbon each year—equivalent to 25% of the EU’s annual fossil fuel-based emissions.

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