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States Unfairly Burdening Incarcerated People with ‘Pay-To-Stay’ Fees
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States Unfairly Burdening Incarcerated People with ‘Pay-To-Stay’ Fees

Pay-to-stay, the practice of charging people to pay for their own jail or prison confinement, is being enforced unfairly by using criminal, civil and administrative law, according to a new Rutgers University-New Brunswick led study. The study, published in the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, finds that charging pay-to-stay fees is triggered by criminal justice contact...

An AI Tool Can Distinguish Between a Conspiracy Theory and a True Conspiracy – It Comes Down to How Easily the Story Falls Apart
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An AI Tool Can Distinguish Between a Conspiracy Theory and a True Conspiracy – It Comes Down to How Easily the Story Falls Apart

The audio on the otherwise shaky body camera footage is unusually clear. As police officers search a handcuffed man who moments before had fired a shot inside a pizza parlor, an officer asks him why he was there. The man says to investigate a pedophile ring. Incredulous, the officer asks again. Another officer chimes in,...

Center for Justice Research Police Reform Action Brief: Ban Chokeholds
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Center for Justice Research Police Reform Action Brief: Ban Chokeholds

The Center for Justice Research (CJR) at Texas Southern University supports innovative, data-driven solutions for the creation of an equitable criminal justice system. CJR is the premier criminal justice research center located on the campus of a historically Black college or university. Researchers at CJR offer an important voice at this crucial time in U.S....

Here’s Why Conservatives and Liberals Differ on COVID-19
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Here’s Why Conservatives and Liberals Differ on COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, political ideology has been perhaps the strongest predictor of consumers’ perceptions of the coronavirus’ threat. According to a new study from Lehigh University’s College of Business, the differences between conservative and liberal responses to COVID-19 are mitigated when people perceive the virus itself to have agency — the ability to control...

Sociologists Dispel the ‘Bad Apple’ Excuse for Racialized Policing
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Sociologists Dispel the ‘Bad Apple’ Excuse for Racialized Policing

Six days after a prone and restrained George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien dismissed charges that racism is rampant among police by arguing that “a few bad apples” are giving police “a terrible name.” But O’Brien’s widely expressed view made little sense to sociologist Jomills...

So-Called ‘Latino Vote’ Is 32 Million Americans with Diverse Political Opinions and National Origins
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So-Called ‘Latino Vote’ Is 32 Million Americans with Diverse Political Opinions and National Origins

Pundits are expressing surprise that so many Latinos voted for Donald Trump. But pollsters who specialize in the Latino vote knew for months before the election that Latino support for Biden was soft, with many Latinos – especially in Florida – undecided. In Florida 57% of Latinos ultimately supported Biden, compared to roughly 70% nationwide....

Analysis of Trump’s Tweets Reveals Systematic Diversion of the Media
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Analysis of Trump’s Tweets Reveals Systematic Diversion of the Media

President Donald Trump’s controversial use of social media is widely known and theories abound about its ulterior motives. New research published today in Nature Communications claims to provide the first evidence-based analysis demonstrating the U.S. President’s Twitter account has been routinely deployed to divert attention away from a topic potentially harmful to his reputation, in turn...

Only the Richest Ancient Athenians Paid Taxes – and They Bragged About It
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Only the Richest Ancient Athenians Paid Taxes – and They Bragged About It

In ancient Athens, only the very wealthiest people paid direct taxes, and these went to fund the city-state’s most important national expenses – the navy and honors for the gods. While today it might sound astonishing, most of these top taxpayers not only paid happily, but boasted about how much they paid. Money was just...

Study Shows Political Commitment Increasingly Important for CEOs
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Study Shows Political Commitment Increasingly Important for CEOs

Political and social engagement is a relevant topic for European business leaders. CEOs are increasingly making public statements on political issues in order to make a positive contribution to socially relevant topics. These are the findings of a recent study conducted by European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) Master’s in Management graduate Christoph Cewe...

Black Police Officers Disciplined Disproportionately for Misconduct, Research Finds
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Black Police Officers Disciplined Disproportionately for Misconduct, Research Finds

An examination of racial differences in the disciplining of police officers in three of the largest U.S. cities consistently found that Black officers were more frequently disciplined for misconduct than White officers, despite an essentially equal number of allegations being leveled. This included allegations of severe misconduct. “We found a consistent pattern of racial differences...