By Anne Milgram and Frank Straub
We have seen that the police can be remarkably adept and creative when it comes to fighting crime. What would it look like for law enforcement to deploy that creativity and innovation to build better relationships with the citizens and neighborhoods they serve?
By Sam Walker
Having a voice in police policy-making has been a major demand of community groups since the 1960s. But various reforms have provided only a very limited voice at best, or have been largely window dressing.
By James M. Doyle
The phrase “criminal justice system” is everywhere, but no one working in—or writing about—the system day-to-day spends much time debating what sort of “system” this system might actually be.
By Barry Krisberg
A generation of criminal justice reformers was inspired and energized by the extraordinary life and work of Dr. Jerome G. Miller.
By Margaret Colgate Love
The bottom line is this: Appointing an outsider by itself is not going to solve any of the institutional problems that in recent years have limited Bureau of Prisons' capacity and will to innovate. As long as BOP is housed in an agency whose criminal justice agenda is influenced if not determined by prosecutors, these problems will persist no matter how stellar the individual selected as its leader.
By Jeremy Busby
President Barack Obama should be commended for his recent attempts to highlight the inequities of the criminal justice system.
On July 16, he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit a prison, a federal facility in El Reno, Oklahoma. And he has called for the release of people serving long sentences for non-violent drug crimes.
But what about the rest of us, including those serving time for violent crimes—and especially those who might be innocent?
By Michael D. White, Henry F. Fradella, James R. “Chip” Coldren, Jr.
The merger of “broken windows” policing with the widespread use of Stop, Question, Frisk (SQF) by the New York Police Department (NYPD) over the last 20 years has produced serious consequences—and for many critics, these tactics have become “dirty words.”
By William H. Freivogel
The Justice Department's twin reports on Ferguson this March raised two disturbing questions about the media.
• How did so many news organizations fail for so long to realize that “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” was a myth?
• How did so many news organizations fail for so many years to uncover deeply unconstitutional police and court practices?
One hopes those questions would prompt soul-searching. For the most part, they haven’t.
By Michele Hanisee
The world contains extremely dangerous and evil people who cannot be deterred by threat of incarceration. I'm not talking about the average gang murder or robbery gone bad. I am talking about the people who rape infants to death; who kidnap, torture, rape and murder children; who target police officers in the line of duty; who kill not just one, but a half dozen or dozen or more innocent victims in serial and mass murders.
Such people are the reasons why California still needs a death penalty.
By William Kelly
Milwaukee, New Orleans, St. Louis, Chicago and Houston have all seen murders spike this year. Nor is Baltimore alone in framing the official response to increased violence as a “fight against crime,”—which naturally places the responsibility for addressing it on the criminal justice system and, in particular on local law enforcement. Since police represent the front line in the “fight against crime,” they have been the primary agents tasked with fixing the problem.