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Washington State’s Supreme Court Building, also known as the Temple of Justice, photographed on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. (Jovelle Tamayo for Crosscut)
In a landmark decision last month, the Washington Supreme Court voided all drug possession cases in the state. According to the court’s ruling in State v. Blake, the entire statute that criminalizes simple drug possession is unconstitutional. The sweeping decision pertains to all drugs — regardless of type and amount — across the history of the state’s criminal legal system. No longer can police... Read more
man walking along a sidewalk lined with tents in Seattle
A study led by Keren Snedker, Charles Lanfear, and Lindsey Beach on the growing tent cities in Seattle, was recently featured in The Seattle Times. The study reported that the presence of tents within Seattle's urban core has... Read more
Professor of sociology Katherine Beckett is mentioned in this article about Washington's punitive approach to criminal justice. Featured on Crosscut 
Mt Rainier through the trees
Over 100 UW graduate and professional programs have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report to be among the top 35 in the nation. Featured on UW News 
Mary and Antonio Aramburu in Federal Way with their seven children
Before March 2020, home was separate from work, school and day care. Now all these things are centered at home. Parents are adjusting to new roles, routines and relationships, and beginning to wonder if their old ones will ever return. The UW’s Julie Brines, associate professor of sociology, and Pepper Schwartz, professor of sociology, are quoted.... Read more
portraid photo David Takeuchi
Sociologist David Takeuchi of the UW School of Social Work has been working with the AAPI COVID-19 Needs Assessment Project studying the effects of increased violence and harassment directed at Chinese-Americans and others of Asian ancestry during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more
Chris Hess portrait
Our very own Chris Hess, who completed his PhD in Sociology in 2019, has since been engaged as a postdoctoral program at Cornell University where one of his many projects has been to help set up a new course offered through the National Education Equity Lab. Titled "Big Data for Big Policy Problems," it was built through a team effort along with Professors... Read more
Steven Long and his attorney Ali Bilow after a State Court of Appeals hearing in Seattle on Nov. 7, 2019. Long took the city of Seattle to court when the truck he was living in was impounded. His case is now before the Washington state Supreme Court.
For the past 13 years, I have researched the system of fines and fees, also called monetary sanctions. Research finds that when people are... Read more
Book cover that shows a person standing on a field next to a large measurement ruler: The Quantified Self by Debora Lupton
If you're minoring in data science, the spring quarter Special Topics course may be for you. Taught by Zack Almquist, SOC 301 "The Quantified Self" will focus on how apps and other online services are allowing individuals and organizations to track details of their own lives. Real world examples include the large community of people who share results of their tracking on platforms such as Reddit... Read more
Community members hold a press conference addressing an upcoming Seattle City Council vote on an agreement between the Seattle Police Officers Guild and the city of Seattle at City Hall, Nov. 13, 2018.
Professor of Sociology Robert Crutchfield, a nationally renowned criminologist, is mentioned in this podcast on defunding Seattle's police. Featured on Crosscut