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Mental Competency Consequences: The Hidden and Unreliable Data that Texas Tracks … or Doesn’t

April 11, 2022
Michele was interviewed on camera and featured in this piece that is a finalist in the "Multimedia" category for the 2022 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts from the American Bar Association. These awards recognize outstanding work that fosters the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system, and are the ABA’s highest honor in recognition of this purpose.
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Punitive Excess

April 11, 2022
Michele played a key role in this publications that is the sole finalize for the 2022 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts from the American Bar Association. These awards recognize outstanding work that fosters the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system, and are the ABA’s highest honor in recognition of this purpose. Michele contributed to this chapter on correctional oversight.
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The Landscape of Recent State and County Correctional Oversight Efforts

March 15, 2022
Michele provides significant contributions to the Brennan Center team in this essay that explores the land­scape of prison and jail over­sight reform since 2018.
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“No Light. No Nothing.” Inside Louisiana’s Harshest Juvenile Lockup

March 10, 2022
Michele comments on the mismanaged state of the nation's juvenile justice facilities.
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New bill proposes civilian oversight for Massachusetts prisons

Jan. 19, 2022
In coverage on Massachusetts' new bill to establish independent civilian oversight of the state's correctional facilities and Michele comments on the increasing momentum of prison oversight bodies.
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Independent Oversight Is Essential for a Safe and Healthy Prison System

Nov. 3, 2021
Published as part of the Brennan Center for Justice’s series on punitive excess, Michele identifies independent correctional oversight as a critical but often overlooked tool that provides a window into one of our most opaque public institutions, one that denies elected officials the option of remaining purposefully ignorant about correctional conditions.
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Abuse at Texas juvenile facilities targeted in federal civil rights investigation

Oct. 13, 2021
Asked about the U.S. Department of Justice launching a civil rights investigation into the abuse of children housed at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department’s state secure facilities, Michele explains that it will be important for the DOJ to assess how much the location and size of the facilities and the severe understaffing may have contributed to the problems that were identified.
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A fight to expose the hidden human costs of incarceration

Aug. 16, 2021
This article chronicles the work of Andrea Armstrong, Loyola University School of Law professor and PJIL’s Advisory Committee Chair, in her effort to document the loss of life inside jails and prisons in Louisiana, the state with the highest in-custody mortality rate. Michele is quoted describing the opacity of local jails, relative to state and federal prisons.
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But Who Oversees the Overseers? The Status of Prison and Jail Oversight in the United States

May 6, 2021
Updating and expanding upon Michele’s 50-state inventory of prison oversight models published in 2010, this article provides background information about the nature, value, and history of correctional oversight; documents the shifting landscape and increasing momentum around the oversight issue over the last decade; and provides a comprehensive assessment of the state of prison and jail oversight in the US today.
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Hidden Figures: Rating the COVID Data Transparency of Prisons, Jails, and Juvenile Agencies

March 7, 2021
Using a grading rubric we developed from key metrics every state should be reporting with respect to COVID in correctional facilities, “Hidden Figures” reveals a troubling lack of transparency about data regarding the spread, toll and management of COVID-19 in state prisons, local jails and state-run juvenile facilities. The report also offers a set of recommendations on ways corrections agencies and state and local leaders could improve data transparency.