UCI News

PBS Newshour, Jan. 25, 2017
Will Trump talk of voter fraud threaten legitimate voter rights?
President Trump made the issue of voter fraud a rallying cry during his campaign. Now President Trump is still claiming – with zero evidence and GOP resistance – that millions of illegal votes were cast for Hillary Clinton and announcing an investigation. William Brangham talks with Rick Hasen of the University of California, Irvine, and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

Associated Press, Jan. 26, 2017
Voter ID lawsuits live on despite likely Trump policy shift
If the Justice Department were to align with Texas and North Carolina and defend their voter ID laws, it would be a setback for the legal challenges but “certainly not fatal,” said Rick Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. “Certainly, it is advantageous for these lawyers to have not only the resources of the federal government, but the opinion of the federal government on their side,” he said.

The Conversation, Jan. 25, 2017
Trump’s policies will affect four groups of undocumented immigrants
Susan Bibler Coutin, professor of criminology, law and society and anthropology, University of California, Irvine; Jennifer Chacón, professor of law, UCI; Sameer Ashar, clinical professor of law, UCI; and Stephen Lee, professor of law, UCI, [write]: President Donald Trump is expected to order the deportation of millions of “criminal aliens” this week. … We’d like to offer a more nuanced description of the individuals who may be targeted by President Trump’s immigration enforcement plans.

The Huffington Post, Jan. 25, 2017
Mental illness is rampant in American jails and prisons
According to University of California, Irvine, School of Law Professor Keramet Reiter in her book 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement, more than 400,000 prisoners experience isolation each year. Thirty-three to 50 percent of those prisoners in isolation suffer from a serious mental illness. And the data suggests that at least 50 percent of all prisoner suicides take place in isolation, despite holding a fraction of the incarcerated population.

Pacific Standard, Jan. 25, 2017
Can ethnic studies education change academic outcomes for minority students?
The ethnic studies class proved to be a success. … Latino students and boys showed the most marked improvement. “They were more engaged with school in general,” says Emily Penner, co-author of the report and an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine.

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