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In Reforming Jails, Don’t Leave Women Behind

Women in jail are now the fastest-growing correctional population in the U.S. The number of females held on any given day has grown 14-fold since 1970—from just under 8,000 to almost 110,000 by 2014. Where’s the research and programming that focuses on their needs?

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Why the Money Bail System Needs to End

As little as three days behind bars has been shown to make someone more likely to be rearrested later. So requiring individuals to put up money bail or await their trial behind bars not only discriminates against the poor, but risks public safety.

Montreal police take down a demonstrator. Photo by Yannick Gingras via Flickr

LA Sheriffs: There’s No ‘Safe’ Use of Police Force

The “Guiding Principles” for policing, including the call to “de-escalate” potentially violent encounters, proposed earlier this year by the Police Executive Research Forum, get a thumbs-down from the president of the Association for Los Angeles County Sheriffs. He argues most don’t address the real-life challenges faced by cops on the front lines of our nation’s cities.

Justice for All March, Wash DC 2014. Photo by fuseboxradio via Flickr

When Justice Fails, Here’s How to Begin the Healing

Saying “I’m sorry” is a useful start. But justice authorities could take a lesson from medicine by combining a genuine apology with a full disclosure of what went wrong. In today’s 24/7 media landscape that’s an essential step to rebuilding trust and confidence.

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.

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Prosecutors: Reform Is Up to You

This month’s failure of proposed federal legislation to overhaul sentencing suggests that Congress is not the place to look for ways to reduce our prison population. Why not focus on those who put individuals behind bars in the first place?