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The Critical Role of Courts in Diverting People to Care

Copyright © 2020 The Council of State Governments Justice Center

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, state and local governments were working to minimize criminal justice system involvement for people who don't pose a public safety risk. As communities battle high infection rates in prisons and jails, diverting people with behavioral health needs from correctional facilities to care is even more vital.

And court personnel can play a crucial role in directing people to community-based supports.  

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View the latest COVID-19 crime and justice items collected by the AIC library

 A tale of two countries: we assess the potential impact of COVID19 on organized crime in the Korean Peninsula / Joongyoung Hahm and Mark Ronan
South Korea has responded swiftly and decisively, setting in motion a series of medically and technologically effective measures in a comprehensive, ‘all-government’ strategy to contain the coronavirus. By contrast, the peninsula’s communist autocracy, North Korea, in a vein that is consistent with its isolationist stance, has not disclosed how many have been infected with COVID-19 or how it has been countering the spread of the infection.
Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime May 2020
A turning point, securitization, and policing in the context of Covid-19: building a new social contract between state and nation? / Clifford Stott, Owen West and Mark Harrison (UK)
A brief analysis of some of the security implications of Covid-19.
Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice April 2020
Advisory on medical scams related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) / FinCen Advisory (US)
An alert for financial institutions to the rising incidence of medical scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
US Treasury May 2020
COVID-19 and pretrial detention / Chris Surprenant (US)
While programs connected to public health and the economy will receive the most attention in the coming months, the impact of COVID-19 on America’s criminal justice system, and specifically its approach to pretrial detention, should receive significant attention as well.
SSRN April 2020
Fighting COVID-19 misinformation on social media: experimental evidence for a scalable accuracy nudge intervention / Gordon Pennycook, Jonathon McPhetres et al
The COVID-19 pandemic has bred a multitude of falsehoods even as truth has increasingly become a matter of life-and-death. Why do people believe and spread false (and true) news content about COVID-19,and could an intervention intended to increase the truthfulness of the content people share on social media be effective?
Massachusetts Institute of Technology March 2020
Lockdown in lock up: Italy’s prison system has been plunged into crisis by the pandemic and the mafia / Serio Nazzaro, Lyes Tagziria and Ruggero Scaturro
The damage caused by the virus, both to public health and the economy, is unprecedented in more than a century. And, as with all national emergencies, the mafia have added to the disruption, and taken advantage of it.
Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime May 2020
Minor Covid-19 association with crime in Sweden, a five week follow up / Manne Gerell, Johan Kardell and Johanna Kindgren.
The Covid-19 disease has a large impact on life across the globe, including on crime. This short report describes how crime has changed in Sweden during five weeks after the government started to implement interventions to reduce spread of the disease.
SocArXiv Papers May 2020

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View the latest COVID-19 crime and justice items collected by the AIC library.

View the latest COVID-19 crime and justice items collected by the AIC library.

Coronavirus: crime cartels helping communities will extract a high price in years to come / Matteo Pazzona
Governments of countries where mafias operate must not only deal with the coronavirus but also limit the advancement of these groups and their activities.
The Conversation May 2020
Courts mediation and COVID-19 / Tania Sourdin and John Zeleznikow
The COVID19 pandemic is requiring lawyers, courts, judges and others involved in the justice system (such as Alternative Dispute Resolution (‘ADR’)practitioners) to reassess how they operate in a rapidly changing environment. They are being required to use technology to operate remotely and to make use of technological tools that often are not constructed to support the needs of those working in the justice sector.
SSRN May 2020
COVID-19 racism is making kids sick /Naomi Priest et al
Racism and racial discrimination are everyday experiences for many Australian children and adolescents. The spread of COVID-19 has meant children and adolescents of Asian appearance and children of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are experiencing increased racial discrimination.
Medical Journal of Australia May 2020
COVID-19 resources for law enforcement/ Police Foundation
The National Police Foundation (US) has launched a real-time Covid-19 law enforcement impact situational awareness dashboard to help law enforcement leaders better assess and monitor the impacts of the virus.
Police Foundation April 2020
Crisis and opportunity: impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on illicit drug markets / Jason Eligh
This policy brief offers observations on the current and likely future drug market impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic. There is discussion of policy-response measures as we draw closer to the inevitable post-pandemic recovery period of stock taking and reflection.
Global Initiative May 2020
Modeling COVID-19 and its impacts on US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities, 2020 / Michael Irvine, Daniel Coombs et al
Preventing the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the US may necessitate intervention measures such as granting ICE detainees widespread release from an unsafe environment by returning them to the community.
Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. May 2020
Smuggling in the time of Covid-19: the impact of the pandemic on human smuggling dynamics and migrant protection /Lucia Bird Ruiz-Benitez de Lugo
it is key to monitor and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on migrants and refugees throughout the pandemic. This will avoid a dramatically more severe migrant crisis and a more lucrative smuggling market in the future.
Global Initiative April 2020

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EUROCRIM 2020 Conference in Bucharest to September 2021

the ESC Board reunited online today and decided to postpone the EuroCrim2020 Conference in Bucharest to September 2021, due to the global pandemic context.


The following conferences will thus take place as follows:


- 8-11 September 2021: Bucharest, Romania

- 21-24 September 2022: Malaga, Spain

- September 2023: Florence, Italy


Eurocrim 2020 Local Organizers

Faculty of Law

University of Bucharest