COLLEGE PARK (1/2/19) — The latest stories in a national investigative journalism project led by the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism have been published by the college’s Capital News Service.
“Trading Away Justice,” an ongoing investigation led by CNS student journalists and faculty members in partnership with Injustice Watch, the PBS NewsHour, the University of Arkansas and others, takes a critical look at what happens when innocent people plead guilty in the U.S. criminal justice system.
The newest stories, published late last month on the CNS website, detail how defendants with mental disabilities are at greater risk of admitting to crimes they did not commit, examine the growing role of artificial intelligence in determining whether a defendant should be eligible for bail, discuss ways in which pretrial services can be effective, show how deciding against pleading guilty can lead to a longer prison sentence if found guilty by a jury and much more.
CNS and its investigative bureau pursues national reporting projects thanks in part to funding from the Park Foundation.
New ‘Trading Away Justice’ Stories
- As Maryland courts meld artificial intelligence into bail decisions, concerns follow
- Rejecting plea deal means longer sentence if convicted, data shows
- Mental disabilities cast doubt on defendants’ guilty pleas
- Bail reform’s impact still not felt in Maryland
- In a Baltimore courtroom, a quick review decides who stays in jail
- Before trial, one agency works to keep defendants on track
- One innocent man gets six years for murder, while another gets life