President Lyndon Baines Johnson appointed the 19-member Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice in 1967. Illustration by Kip via Flickr

Time For a 21st Century National Crime Commission?

Fifty years after the landmark LBJ-era crime study, criminologists say the country needs a fresh look at its crime and justice challenges—such as mass incarceration, drugs and racial inequity which were among the “blind spots” of the last one.

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Cops, Trump and the Threat to Police Reform

Fundamental change in American policing can’t co-exist with the mindset that the President-elect and allies like Jeff Sessions, the attorney general-designate, are bringing to the justice portfolio, Unless local agencies take the lead, that could spell more trouble in the streets.

Jeff Sessions. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Jeff Sessions at Justice: Triumph of the Hardliner?

Federal efforts to reform policing, overhaul sentencing guidelines and support a public-health oriented drug policy could die if the Attorney-General designate brings his hardline views on crime and punishment into office, say justice experts, including former DOJ officials.