‘They Call Us Monsters’

A new documentary lets juveniles tried as adults for serious crimes tell their stories in a way that defies stereotypes. Director Ben Lear and Sasha Alpert, one of the producers, explain why they began the three-year project in a Q&A with The Crime Report.

Race and American Law: Looking Beyond Obama

A forthcoming and timely book aims to provides tools for instructors, students and advocates to navigate the justice system –particularly in areas where race drives outcomes.

Incarceration Nation: How We Got Here

A new documentary, which premiered last night in Washington DC, traces the evolution of America’s modern prison-industrial complex to its drug-war roots. Director Regan Hines tells TCR why he believes reforms must begin with an acknowledgment of that grim history.

Policing Immigrants: Getting Past the Myths

The “patchwork” of local laws and federal actions is no way to make policy, says the co-author of a new book that applies real data to an issue that’s been clouded by polarizing rhetoric and misinformation this election campaign.

A Death in Brooklyn

A short prizewinning narrative film about the fatal shooting by a police officer of an unarmed black youth is a chilling reminder of real-life tragedies in too many American neighborhoods. That’s one reason director Michael Marantz hopes it can serve as a “tool” for dialogue and change.

Overcoming the Politics of Fear

In his latest book, criminologist William R. Kelly offers an approach to justice reform that counters the scare-mongering and uninformed rhetoric of this year’s presidential election campaign.

Trading Weapons for Salamanders

A national park ranger uses nature, history and community service to widen the horizons of gang youth and other troubled kids—and provide an alternative to jail.