My 2018 co-authored Unequal Treatment report examining racial-ethnic inequalities in Miami’s criminal justice system earned me the Rodney Thaxton Racial Justice Award from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida, garnered considerable media attention, and spawned racial justice reforms by Florida’s 11th Judicial Circuit. To broaden the project’s impact, we created a website hosting infographics and Spanish language summaries along with the full report (aclufl.org/unequaltreatment).
My research has been featured prominently in national policy discussions concerning capital punishment. For example, in 2012, Federal Judge Arthur Alarcón cited my research on Los Angeles County’s death-penalty costs entitled “Prosecutorial Discretion, Hidden Costs, and the Death Penalty” in his highly publicized co-authored article on capital punishment. After reviewing our research, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office incorporated the findings into the California Voter Guide on Proposition 34 (Death Penalty Initiative Statute). This article was also cited in the Arizona Supreme Court case Bush v. Arizona (139 S. Ct. 1546, 2019).
- “Where Lynching Terrorized Black Americans, Corporal Punishment In Schools Lives On.” Available at https://bit.ly/30ArWj9. Featured Huffington Post.
- “Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s claim that a violent crime wave is sweeping the nation.” Washington Post. Available at https://wapo.st/2U1ZyEM.
ACLU Report Coverage
- “Eleventh Judicial Circuit Response to ACLU of Florida/Greater Miami Report on Miami-Dade Criminal Justice System.” Available at http://bit.ly/2U1MwXR.
- “State Attorney’s Office Response to ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Report on Miami-Dade Criminal Justice System.” Available at http://bit.ly/394mwPC.
- “New Study Finds Black Hispanics In Miami-Dade Face Harsher Consequences In Criminal Justice System.” Available at http://bit.ly/2UlejkX.
- “Executive Director of ACLU Of Florida Discussed Newly Released Report” Available at http://bit.ly/33wBjS5.
- “Cops, courts in Miami-Dade harsher on blacks. New study details stark racial disparities.” Available at https://hrld.us/2QrboWI.
- “South Florida Attorneys Divided On ACLU Report Depicting Racially Biased Justice System in Miami-Dade” Available at http://bit.ly/2Qt1O5E.
- “Miami-Dade criminal justice system is harsher on people of color, ACLU says.” Available at http://bit.ly/3djFzZZ.
- “Blacks Get More Jail Time In Miami-Dade: Report.” Available at http://bit.ly/395TAqu.
- “Black Defendants Face Harsher Punishments as Race, Ethnicity Impact Miami-Dade Justice Decisions: ACLU.” Available at http://bit.ly/3a5ZwBc.
- “Miami’s Justice System Widely Discriminates Against Blacks, ACLU Report Warns.” Available at http://bit.ly/33y8Ifu.
- “Criminal Injustice.” 2018. University of Miami news. Available at http://bit.ly/2IZWdzJ.
Other Media Coverage
- “Addressing Inequities: A&S faculty make vital contributions to the national conversation on fairness and inclusion.” College of Arts and Sciences magazine, fall 2020. Available at https://bit.ly/2VUp8Md.
- “From lynching to corporal punishment, researcher connects the dots perpetuating racism.” Available at https://bit.ly/2XprQtV.
- “The Impact of Reviving the Federal Death Penalty.” Available at http://bit.ly/2WrTffe.
- “Ambassadors for Interdisciplinary Research.” Available at http://bit.ly/2WE1rt9.
- “Tackling controversial technology face by face.” Available at http://bit.ly/2Quu9bH.
- “SunPass Problems, A Marjory Stoneman Douglas Dad & Disparities In Miami-Dade Arrests”. Available at http://bit.ly/2J2o0zo.
- “The Inside-outs of Flipped Learning.” College of Arts and Sciences magazine, fall 2017 (pg. 17-21). Available at http://bit.ly/3dcdMdH.
- “Local interracial marriage rates among highest in U.S., could impact culture, politics.” Treasure Coast Newspaper. Available at http://bit.ly/3a5fzPS.
- “Capital Decision: James Holmes’ prosecutors will seek the death penalty. How do they decide that?” Expert contributor. Available at http://bit.ly/393dFOg.