The Top Ten Justice Developments of 2012


The editors of The Crime Report are preparing once again to spotlight the most important developments or innovations in criminal justice in 2012 for our annual year-end review next month, based on nominations from our staff and TCR contributors around the country.

With a new addition this year: we're also naming the person, group or agency judged to have had the most profound impact on the nation's criminal justice system in 2012.

We'd also like to extend the invitation to our readers.

A word about what we're looking for.

The developments or innovations you choose can be at the federal or local levels. They could be related to a news story (i.e., the wave of mass shootings in 2012; the FBI's infiltration of Muslim groups; ), but they could be off the mainstream media's radar screen entirely. Your top pick could be an innovative practice, a new website or technological innovation; a game-changing event (Colorado & Washington's votes to legalize marijuana for recreational use), or cutting-edge research that promises to change policy.

Last year's year-end review was one of our most widely read features and attracted national attention. It's another reason why policymakers, practitioners and the media consider The Crime Report to be the leading national forum for criminal justice news and resources.

Please don't send us a laundry list! Choose one or two, and send us a brief (one- or two- sentence) explanation of your choice.

Second, we'd like to hear your choice for a “Criminal Justice Person/Entity” of the year. We're looking for those you think have had the most profound impact (negative or positive) on criminal justice in 2012—and who may continue to dominate discussions in 2013. (examples: Trayvon Martin; the budget-strained Camden (NJ) municipal government which announced plans earlier this year to replace its police force with non-unionized law enforcement personnel.)

Again, we're not looking for a lengthy list. Choose one, or at most two—and tell us why you think so.

We'll tabulate all your submissions to arrive at the top ten criminal justice developments and the Criminal Justice Person of The Year (with a runner-up). We'll publish the most interesting comments.

You can post your comments below or email your choices to deputy editor Graham Kates at You're also welcome to chime in on Twitter or Facebook. Be sure to put “Year-End Review” in the subject line.

The final deadline for submitting comments is Monday, Dec 3—after which comments will be closed.

We'll publish our year-end review—and let you know how your colleagues and fellow readers voted around mid-December.

Over to you—and Happy Thanksgiving!

The Editors

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