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The Indiana Supreme Court is pleased to announce the addition of two new

FREE* publications to the Indiana Supreme Court Legal History Series.

In his posting on the Blog Critics Culture Blog, William Lambers explains that bloggers can help Haiti by taking action through spreading the work about the suffering in that country and by showing how others can help. Although Lambers is referring in his post primarily to the World Food Programme, his words aply to blogging assistance in promoting other programs as well.

You may also be interested in the video from the New York State Comptroller regarding Haiti at

U.S. White House: Haiti Earthquake Relief

A report prepared by New York Governor David Paterson’s Task Force on Transforming Juvenile Justice released in December 2009. It “shines a harsh light” on the problems in New York’s prisons for juvenile offenders
According to this Report, ” the problems are so acute that the state agency overseeing the prisons has asked New York’s family court judges not to send youths to any of them “unless they are a significant risk to public safety,” recommending instead alternatives like therapeutic foster care.”

This Report comes three months after a federal investifgation found that excessive force was routinely used at the four New York prisons, “resulting in injuries as severe as broken bones and shattered teeth.”

Although we are not authorized to include in this posting a draft copy we have seen of the Report, the following is an excerpt from the Executive Summary>
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An American Bar Association publication sponsored by the ABA Criminal Justice Section

The State of Criminal Justice 2009

“Authors from across the criminal justice field provide essays on topics ranging from white collar crime to international law to juvenile justice. This annual publication examines and reports on the major issues, trends and significant changes in the criminal justice system. As one of the cornerstones of the Section’s work, the publication serves as an invaluable resource for policy-makers, academics, and students of the criminal justice system alike. The 2009 volume contains 21 chapters focusing on specific aspects of the criminal justice field, with new addition of full text and reports of all of the adopted official ABA policies passed in 2008-2009 that address criminal justice issues”.

The Journal:

Criminology is a journal, published quarterly, devoted to crime and deviant behavior. Disciplines covered include sociology, psychology, design, systems analysis, and decision theory. Major emphasis is placed on empirical research and scientific methodology. The journal’s content also includes articles which review the literature or deal with theoretical issues stated in the literature as well as suggestions for the types of investigation which might be carried out in the future. It is published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. on behalf of the American Society of Criminology.

Contents of Current Issue:

The American Bar Association (ABA), Criminal Justice Section has just published its Fall 2009 Newsletter, Volume 18 Issue 1 Fall 2009. This issue covers a variety of topics including: Practice Tips – Sexting: Balancing the Law and Bad Choices, Three Questions with Charles Hynes, Section Member News, New Books, News from the Field, and Ethics. Also included is a reminder that the ABA Criminal Justice Section Fall Meeting will be held in Washington DC November 5-8, 2009.

Beth Doyle and Holly Robertson have launched a new online blog devoted to preservation and conservation administration called PCAN or Preservation and Conservation Administration News.

Below is the description from their site that explains what PCAN is trying to accomplish. They are very excited about this site and hope that you, too, will find it useful. Their first post is up and concerns training library and archives conservators

Back in the day we had two great print publications, Conservation Administration News and the Abbey Newsletter. Before the internet and social networking, these were THE publications for news and information related to library and archives preservation and conservation. Now through the use of the internet, discussion groups, blogs, wikis, etc., we have more ways to communicate than ever, but you still need to be tuned in to the right place at the right time and have the rights to view the content.

As has been widely reported in the news media, the State of New York Office of the Inspector General has just released its Report and Investigation of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor. This is a Report grew out of a complaint of alleged misconduct on the part of officials of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor that was referred to the Inspector General’s Office on May 7, 2007 by then-Governor Spitzer. The Waterfront Commission is a bi-state entity established in 1953 by the United States Congress to investigate, deter, combat and remedy criminal activity and influence in the Port of New York and New Jersey, and to ensure fair hiring practices. Report findings include discussion and and enumeration of a number of abuses and irregularities identified by the staff of the Office of the Inspector General during their investigation of the Commission. To see the entire Report click on the link below:

Report: Investigation of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor. August 2009.

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