Urban violence, police shootings, the opioid epidemic, and a tense political campaign dominated criminal justice coverage during 2016. How did the coverage measure up? In our annual press review, Washington Bureau chief Ted Gest assesses the year in coverage with a panel of media experts and observers.
It didn’t take long for the names “Ferguson,” “Michael Brown,” and “Darren Wilson” to be entwined in the biggest criminal justice news story of 2014. The killing of the unarmed, 18-year-old Brown by Wilson in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson produced national reverberations for policing, race and other aspects of the criminal justice in the United States that would last well beyond 2014. Full report available here:
Fifteen years after reported crime in the United States reached a modern day peak, many news reporters, along with their sources, are groping to understand the decline. With a few notable exceptions, media coverage of the trends in 2009 primarily was a story of crime dropping in many big cities.
The editors of The Crime Report are preparing once again to spotlight the most important developments or innovations in criminal justice in 2012 for our annual year-end review next month, based on nominations from our staff and TCR contributors around the country. With a new addition this year: we’re also naming the person, group or agency judged to have had the most profound impact on the nation’s criminal justice system in 2012. We’d also like to extend the invitation to our readers. A word about what we’re looking for. The developments or innovations you choose can be at the federal or local levels.