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.
The GOP presidential candidate says his vague plan to crackdown on crime and terrorism would benefit white Americans and racial minorities alike. But his sketchy ideas have stirred concern among some experts in national security and law enforcement, including Michael Chertoff, former Homeland Security secretary. “Not only is it a waste of time, but you’re offending people who in many ways you want to be your allies,” Chertoff said.
The GOP’s presidential candidate called for racial unity but also suggested that Chicago needs to step up its use of the stop-and-frisk policing strategy, which has been condemned as a form of racial profiling. He also asserted–incorrectly–that Chicago is more violent than Afghanistan.
Not really, suggests the president of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys. She warns that if the Obama Administration’s recent call for the abolition of fixed bail schedules were adopted, the consequences for California’s justice system would be significant.
The billionaire financier has channeled more than $3 million into seven local district attorney campaigns in six states over the past year — a sum that exceeds the total spent on the 2016 presidential campaign by all but a handful of rival super-donors. His money has supported African-American and Hispanic candidates for these powerful local roles.
Obama promised to use executive clemency as a tool to undo harsh prison sentences that resulted from the “tough on crime” era of federal drug prosecutions. But with plea bargaining increasingly replacing trials, presidential pardons may be even rarer in the years ahead.
The argument about who is “pro-police” and who isn’t is a feature of this year’s presidential election. That avoids the genuinely serious issues facing the nation—and the need to make choices about the kind of policing we want.