CALL FOR PAPERS
Special Issue of Criminal Justice and Behavior on
“Risk Assessment in Judicial Decision Making”
Guest Edited by Dr. Jody Sundt (Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis)
Given the recent controversies in the media surrounding the use of risk/needs assessment with sentencing decisions at the pre-trial/pre-sentencing stages (e.g., see recent New York Times articles “Sent to Prison by a Software Program’s Secret Algorithms” and “When a Computer Program Keeps You in Jail”), this special issue of Criminal Justice and Behavior aims to provide a forum for informing the debate.
We are compiling a special issue focused on the central arguments that are likely to be critical to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to:
(1) Equality vs. equity
(2) Race/gender/economic position in risk assessment
(3) Proprietary algorithms/formulae
(4) Retributive vs. utilitarian sentencing
(5) Defining "evidence-based" sentencing
Scholars outside the criminology and psychology disciplines are strongly encouraged to submit manuscripts (e.g., law, sociology, race and/or gender studies, business, political science, ethics, economics, etc.). Our goal is to create a multi disciplinary issue on the arguments.
Submissions may be commentary pieces, but must provide strong research analysis in support of a position on at least one of the areas noted above.
The initial submission deadline is December 31, 2017. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to either the guest editor (email@example.com) or editor-in-chief (firstname.lastname@example.org). Authors should follow all formatting guidelines (APA Publication Manual, 6th edition) for regular manuscript submission to the journal, and should pay particular attention to ensuring statistical explanations are understandable to diverse audiences. Although it may vary by topic, we anticipate that ideal manuscripts will be 35 pages or less, including references, tables, figures, and appendices. Questions about the appropriateness of topics should be directed to Dr. Jody Sundt at email@example.com
New Resource on the Justice System and People with Disabilities
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities often face unique and serious challenges when involved with the juvenile and criminal justice systems, whether in courts, prisons, detention centers, or community encounters with law enforcement. They may, for example, experience difficulty responding to questions, explaining what happened, or understanding and following instructions. Justice professionals may misinterpret behaviors of individuals with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders or other disabilities as intent to harm others or as defiance when the individual is actually acting out of confusion, distress, fear or lack of understanding.
The new publication, Impact: Feature Issue on the Justice System and People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities (ici.umn.edu/products/impact301) offers justice professionals and the disability community leading-edge articles that help them work together to address these and other challenges, and support equal access to justice for all. Impact is published by the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, and among the topics in this issue are:
• What justice system professionals need to know about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
• Models for identifying barriers to equal access and providing accommodations in courtrooms, prisons, and precincts
• Creating positive relationships among law enforcement, individuals with disabilities, families, and disability organizations
• Why families, educators, and disability service professionals need to discuss sexual nuances with youth and young adults
• Models for supporting successful re-entry of youth with disabilities from juvenile justice facilities into the community
• Prisons, the death penalty, and the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
• Training for de-escalation and diversion in encounters between law enforcement and people with disabilities
• Personal stories from justice system professionals, parents, individuals with disabilities, and disability service providers
The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) invites abstracts (sessions, papers and posters) for the Program of the 78th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, April 3-7, 2018. The theme of the Program is “Sustainable Futures.”
The Society is a multi-disciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution. We welcome papers from all disciplines. The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2017. For additional information on the theme, abstract size/format, and the meeting, please visit our web page (www.sfaa.net/annual- meeting/).