• Need-to-Know News: May 4, 2012

    May 04, 2012

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    • A New York Times editorial praised the new guidance for employers released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, referencing rap sheet errors, one of our key issues, as cause for more concern about the use of criminal records in employment decisions.
    • The Missouri Legislature has passed a bill designed to keep some individuals convicted of nonviolent crimes out of prison by using community supervision alternatives.
    • While Georgia is poised to make the shift to a smart approach to criminal justice -- by creating less severe penalties for drug crimes, expanding drug courts and providing alternatives to incarceration for low-level, nonviolent offenses -- Oklahoma has gone the opposite direction, according to an examination by the ACLU.
    • Researchers from Mathematica Policy Research and the Harvard School of Public Health have found that Health information technology, increasingly used in healthcare around the nation, is now central to healthcare reform.
    • The new Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Minnesota Law School has begun an assessment of the state of knowledge on crime and justice in the U.S. from 1975, projecting to 2025.
    • A study led by a University of Maryland School of Medicine professor rebuts the oft-cited fear that methadone clinics attract crime.

    From Our Partners

    • Tomorrow, join the Campaign to End the New Jim Crow in Manhattan for a town hall-style meeting to strategize and collaborate on a citywide campaign against mass incarceration. Follow this link for more information.
    • The Fortune Society's Glenn Martin has a must-read column on new guidance from the EEOC, published Thursday in the Huffington Post.