Category Criminal Justice Policy

The Truth about Trafficking: Myths and Realities of Modern Day Slavery in America

Elizabeth Sherwood, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The Global Slavery Index (GSI) estimates that 45.8 million people are currently enslaved  globally, with North Korea, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, and India among the greatest offenders. While many developed nations rank better on the index, human trafficking still occurs in these countries. The GSI reports that 57,000 individuals in […]

Apple Introduces Face ID and Exposes Another Discriminatory Blind Spot in “Cool” Technology

Cory Lancaster, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The people of America have whipped out their smart phones and called their government to the stand. The social issues that have been offending our citizens for centuries are on trial and cell phone technology has provided a mass of incriminating evidence. Smart phones have drastically revised the […]

Revoking Voting Rights as Criminal Punishment

Chelsea Lenhart, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Earlier this year, the Maryland General Assembly took an unprecedented step to restore voting rights to more than 40,000 released felons. Similar to many states, Maryland previously allowed ex-offenders to vote only after they completed their entire sentence, which included probation and time on parole. Since the […]

On Righting a Wrong – Exoneration Can’t Be the Last Step

Marisa Kanof, MPP, Executive Editor, Brief Policy Perspectives The United States has one of the largest prison populations in the world. Statistics for 2014 show that about 2.2 million adults are incarcerated in federal and state prisons and local jails.  However, an estimated 2.3 percent to 5 percent of those incarcerated are believed to be […]