Rachel Locke

‘Violence Can Be Prevented’

A strategy of concentrating on interventions with the small number of high-risk individuals responsible for murderous violence has delivered promising results in many U.S. cities. Early evidence from Honduras suggests it can work in other countries as well.

Colombian Drug Traffickers Get Lenient Treatment in U.S.

Once the paramilitary Colombians — several dozen, all told — have completed their terms, they will have served on average seven and a half years. By comparison, federal inmates convicted of crack cocaine trafficking — mostly street-level dealers who sold less than an ounce — serve on average just over 12 years in prison.

Robin Barton

Re-Thinking Bail

On Valentine’s Day, South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp four times through a bathroom door, killing her. The police arrested Pistorius almost immediately and charged him with murder. Within a week, a tremendous amount of information about the events of that night was revealed in court. Evidence was presented, witnesses testified, theories were posited and statements were read. What makes these events unusual is that they occurred during a bail hearing.