Hear from Bob Philips, Executive Director of Common Cause, North Carolina, about gerrymandering in his state, and how it fits into the story that's playing out around the country.
Plus, a quick primer on redistricting: what it is, what's it's supposed to accomplish, and how it got so (literally) twisted.
Human judgment is imperfect. Because of that, local governments are developing or purchasing risk and needs assessment tools to support decision making at various points throughout the criminal justice system. Can a statistical approach help us make more objective decisions about punishment and rehabilitation?
In this episode you'll hear from Dr. James Greiner, Professor at Harvard Law School and Faculty Director of Harvard's Access to Justice Lab. His work is devoted to advancing an evidence-based approach in US legal practice. We’ll talk about why law is decades behind medicine, and we’ll get into how that relates to the role of the District Attorney.
How do we boil down 90,000 local governments into some categories that make sense no matter where you live? And why does local government look so different from state to state and from place to place? In this episode, we start at the beginning, with a history and explainer of local government in America.