The Beat Within, a San Francisco prison writers’ workshop, asked inmates to reflect on the upcoming Donald Trump presidency. Some responded with angry poetry and rap. One pleaded for Americans to “give him a chance,” pointing out that as “wards of the state, if no one gives us a chance to change, how can we?”
A Washington State inmate recounts his uphill struggles to expose misconduct behind bars. The biggest obstacle, he says, is a policy ironically intended to stop prisoners from “abusing” open government laws.
Smart policies on reducing recidivism and developing non-punitive strategies for drug abusers make fiscal sense. President-elect Donald Trump should be the first to recognize that criminal justice reform is a sound investment –and it might even appeal to his “outsider” instincts.
Multinational corporations have so far been able to escape penalties for human rights and environmental violations. There are alternatives to criminal sanctions worth considering –but will the new leadership at the Department of Justice consider them?
The New York Police Department’s new approach to training is embodied in a $950 million facility that includes a gym and Olympic-sized pool. Will it become a model for the nation? TCR launches a special series profiling the new generation of cops who the NYPD hopes will change the face of policing in New York.
California’s suit against the owners of Backpage.com is the latest example of attempts to go after sites that provide cover for sex traffickers. But eliminating them from the Web will make it more difficult for authorities to track exploiters of women and minors.
Are citywide statistics on homicide and other forms of violence pertinent? Scholars suggest that the conversation about national and metro crime rates ignores a crucial metric: the lived experience of urban violence, where crime can vary greatly from one neighborhood to the next.