By Joe Domanick
The fatal shooting last month of homeless, mentally ill James Boyd by Albuquerque, New Mexico police officers raises serious questions about their strategy and tactics in dealing with the 38-year-old Boyd, whose initial crime was camping out illegally in the desert.
By Brent Steele
For the last five years, as an Indiana state senator, I’ve been deeply involved in the rewrite of Indiana’s criminal code in hopes of regaining proportionality of punishment, which is required by our state constitution—the first such rewrite since 1974. Why was a rewrite needed?
By Matthew T. Mangino
Imagine Elliot Ness in trench coat and fedora tracking down a guy who went into the neighborhood drug store with a stocking over his face and held up the clerk. That was not the stuff of “G-men:” the Feds went after mobsters, corrupt politicians and bank robbers, not neighborhood thugs. Small-fry robberies were the business of local gumshoes.
By Faiza Patel
When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he was dropping New York City’s challenge to a law that makes it easier to sue police for racial and religious profiling, it was the second piece of good news for minorities in his tenure so far. Earlier, de Blasio abandoned the city’s appeal in the stop-and-frisk litigation, effectively conceding that the policies of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) targeted minority men.
By Erik Roskes
While my family and I hunkered down during the recent snowstorm, I thought about the many things that most readers of this blog likely take for granted. We were comfortable, warm, and well fed. We had entertainment, work that provides meaning to our lives, and the benefit of each other’s company and support.
By Candace McCoy
What’s next for police-neighborhood relationships in New York City? All parties know that aggressive stop-and-frisk practices must change. A federal judge said so.
By Lauren-Brooke Eisen and Jim Bueermann
Twenty-six years ago last week, a young New York City police officer named Edward R. Byrne was shot and killed in his patrol car during an early morning stakeout in South Jamaica, Queens.
By James M. Doyle
We may look back on 2014 as the year in which the criminal justice system finally agreed to see itself as a system.
Of course we have always used the phrase “criminal justice system,” but we usually have only a vague ecosystem in mind: something like a pond or a swamp, where choices made on the near coast produce mysterious unanticipated consequences on the far shore. This mindset warps the way we diagnose our problems.
By Art Bowker
Over the years, society has become much more technologically dependent. Computers and Internet access have become not only widespread but generally essential to everyday life. Courts, recognizing technology’s role in today’s society, have also become increasing reluctant to impose wholesale computer or Internet prohibitions on offenders. As an alternative, courts have gravitated towards conditions that authorize computer searches and/or monitoring.
By Robin L. Barton
Years ago, friends and I were discussing whether we’d ever run for office. I said I’d never get elected because I had too many radical views. For example, I believed in legalizing marijuana and prostitution. These days, my “radical” views suddenly don’t seem so outrageous.