Prosecutors

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Professor Ron Wright co-authors Seattle Times op/ed about changing role of prosecutors in addressing criminal justice reform

The following op/ed titled, “Prosecutors must learn to listen to critics and communities,” co-written by Professor Ron Wright and Dan Satterberg, King County, Washington, prosecutor, was originally published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 26, 2016.

THE Pew Research Center recently published a poll that revealed a deep racial divide in America when it comes to public confidence in police and the criminal-justice system. Three out of four white poll respondents said that the police were doing a good or excellent job and treated all ethnic groups equally. Only one in three African Americans held that same view.

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Professor Ronald Wright discusses problems with elections of prosecutors in Intercept article

Professor Ronald Wright was quoted in the article, “Hard-line Prosecutors Face Rejection From Voters In Elections Across the U.S.,” published on The Intercept on Oct. 20, 2016.  The article details district attorney elections, unsuccessful prosecutions of defendants like George Zimmerman and more.

Professor Wright is quoted in the following section, “Unchecked Power and No Transparency.”

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Professor Ron Wright quoted in New York Times regarding Ken Thompson’s short stint as Brooklyn’s prosecutor

Professor Ron Wright is quoted in the following New York Times story, “Despite Ken Thompson’s Short Stint as Brooklyn Prosecutor, Agenda May Endure,”  written by Alan Feuer and published on Oct. 10, 2016.

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Professor Ron Wright quoted in Newsday: ‘Case raises questions about how we pick district attorneys’

Professor Ron Wright is quoted in the following Newsday story:

When a Nassau County emergency management official was arrested last week on perjury and misconduct charges, local reaction broke along the usual partisan lines.

Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas, a Democrat, said Deputy Commissioner Edward Korona Jr. of Hicksville falsely answered “no” on civil-service applications when asked if he’d been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor.

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Professor Ron Wright joins new think tank to train, study prosecutors featured in Wall Street Journal

Professor Ron Wright has been tapped to serve on the new Institute for Innovation in Prosecution, which is featured in the following Wall Street Journal story, “New Think Tank Aims to Train, Study Prosecutors.” The institute was launched by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. A portion of the original story follows: Continue reading »

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Professor Ronald Wright’s study on scarcity of elected black prosecutors across U.S. cited by Reuters, other national media

Professor Ronald Wright’s study on elected prosecutors was recently quoted in numerous national news stories regarding the fact that 60 percent of states do not have elected black prosecutors. Continue reading »

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Professor Ron Wright’s research on incumbent prosecutors published by MSN News, Vox

Professor Ron Wright’s research about prosecutor elections has caught the attention of Vox and MSN News, who republished the Vox story here. Continue reading »

Professor Ron Wright tells NPR DA campaigns often make it difficult for voters to make ideological differences among candidates

Nashville voters will decide on Tuesday who should replace longtime District Attorney Torry Johnson, who’s been the city’s top prosecutor since 1987. Continue reading »