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Law and Neuroscience Network Expands at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt University has been awarded a $4.85 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation to manage the newly established MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. Read More

Benetech Helps Establish “Forced Disappearance” as a Crime in Guatemala

Using statistical analysis of evidence from the Guatemalan National Police Archives, MacArthur grantee Benetech helped convict and sentence two policemen for the disappearance of a prominent union leader. Read More

MacArthur Grantees Receive 2011 Emmy Nominations

ProPublica, Independent Lens, ITVS, PBS FRONTLINE, and POV — all MacArthur grantees — received a combined 30 Emmy nominations in 2011. Read More

ASILEGAL Helps Man Go Free After 12 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment

Arrested in the Mexican state of Guerrero in 1999 for murder, Pedro Gatica became a victim of excessive and unwarranted delays in Mexico's criminal proceedings. Read More

Illinois Legislature Approves Bill Encouraging Local Treatment for Juveniles

By large margins, the Illinois General Assembly approved legislation directing juvenile court judges to consider whether treatment in a youth's community would be a better option than sentencing the youth to a juvenile prison. Read More

Texas to Close Youth Prisons, Shift Funds to Community-Based Treatment

The Texas Legislature passed a bill signed into law by Governor Perry to close 3 of 10 state youth prisons and shift the funds to community-based rehabilitation programs and sanctions. Read More

Supreme Court Ruling Protects Miranda Rights of Children

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that age must be considered by law enforcement in determining whether Miranda warnings must be given to children during police interrogations. Read More

Law Student Clinic in Mexico Aims High

This news story by Ken Ellingwood profiles a legal aid clinic that frequently takes cases that yield legal precedents or lead to new laws in an effort to modernize Mexico's legal system. Read More

Peace versus Justice: A False Dilemma

In recent years, there has been a marked shift away from making compromises on justice with powerful perpetrators of mass atrocities in order to end conflicts. Read More

Investments in Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Reform Leverage State Funding

The new funding will support local projects that divert young people from formal juvenile court, establish community-based alternatives to incarceration, and improve county-based systems for providing legal representation. Read More