By Robin L. Barton
Have you ever have a really bad day at work and indulged yourself in a detailed daydream of how you’d torture and maybe even kill your awful boss á la the movie “Horrible Bosses”? Maybe you even shared this fantasy with a like-minded co-worker over drinks. Based on your daydream, should you be arrested for planning or conspiring to commit a crime? Or are such fantasies a harmless way to deal with job frustrations, sexual desires and other feelings?
By Timothy J. McNulty
The cat-and-mouse Edward Snowden/National Security Agency (NSA) scandal has fueled the summertime news cycle with a high tech—though drawn-out— version of a police chase. Reporters flocked to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport to search for the contractor who revealed secret NSA surveillance activities, and booked seats on flights to countries where Snowden might find refuge from the long arm of the United States government—only to discover he was a no-show.
Meanwhile, the diplomatic posturing of Latin American officials who feel the U.S. is bullying them into refusing asylum to Snowden added a side drama to media coverage of the actual crime—assuming that the courts will judge his actions a crime.
By Julie Stewart
A new bipartisan task force comprising members of the House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing this month to examine the growing problem known as overcriminalization.
I was cautiously optimistic when I first learned of the task force’s creation, because I believe that the explosion of federal criminal laws—many of which are vague and carry lengthy mandatory minimum sentences – has done more harm than people realize.
By Jamie and Anne Isaacs
Most public schools are still turning a blind eye to the bullying epidemic.
It remains a tragedy that teens are harassed and ridiculed because they are smart, talented, or creative— or because their religion, sex or color differs from the person or persons that have targeted them.
By Alyce McGovern
With pressure on police to increase public confidence and reduce community concerns over crime, social media has emerged as a valuable tool for improving communication between organizations and their “customers” — the public.
By Ted Gest
Ted Gest, president of Criminal Justice Journalists and Washington Bureau Chief of The Crime Report, looks back on a decade of providing the Internet's only daily digest of important developments in criminal justice. It continues to reflect not only the economic challenges facing the nation’s criminal justice system, but the similar challenges to journalism itself.
By Alexa Capeloto
Put simply, the Journal News impersonated an untrained, unreflective data dumper, the kind I warn my digital-native journalism students about when I ask them, “Just because you can, does that mean you should?”
By Barry Krisberg
So how do Gov. Mitt Romney and Cong. Paul Ryan differ from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on critical crime issues? The answer is not so simple.
By Joshua Gerstein
As a reporter who has covered courts for more than two decades, it’s my distinct impression that nuts-and-bolts reporting on the courts has taken a huge hit in the current economic climate.
By Robin L. Barton
The story on Sandusky’s sentencing started on the front page of the New York Times print edition—and then continued in the sports section. Similarly, the Los Angeles Times’ website posted its coverage of Sandusky’s sentencing on its sports news section. The placement of these articles got me thinking, “Is this a sports story or a crime story? And does it really matter?”