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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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‘It’s About Us Figuring Out What Our Power Is’

A new autobiography about life as a dealer in East Baltimore explores the mentality and circumstances of a man who succeeded in and then escaped from a life of drugs, decadence, and violence.

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‘Doing the Right Thing’

In a new book examining the data, three cops find the number of ‘unjustified’ police killings is smaller than the public thinks—but higher than cops think.