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The Edward Snowden Case: More Than a Crime Story

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.

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Do We Really Need More Criminal Code Offenses?

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.

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From ‘Boom’ to Bust: 10 Years of Criminal Justice Change

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.

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TCR at a Glance

Five Things About Deterrence

new & notable July 24, 2014

A National Institute of Justice flyer argues that the certainty of punishment, rather than severity, deters crime

The ‘War’ Against Whistleblowers

July 19, 2014

Hackers and free speech activists gather in New York to denounce what they call unprecedented government efforts to prosecute leakers

Indigent Defense Spending Stalled

new & notable July 18, 2014

The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that government spending on indigent defense steadily dropped from 2008 to 2012