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Why Conservatives Want to Scrap the Death Penalty

Capital punishment is inconsistent with the bedrock values of conservatism, declares the national manager of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. She says the group has picked up traction since it was launched nearly a decade ago, and now has supporters across the country.

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rapper

Rap on Trial: How an Art Form Became a Courtroom Weapon

Since at least the early 1990s, rap music lyrics have been used in criminal court as evidence in cases of violence, usually involving young people of color. The authors of a new book discuss with TCR why this has become a distortion of a musical genre that emerged as a source of creative expression and upward mobility for many at-risk youth.

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fentanyl

Opioid Epidemic Requires Rethinking Federal Drug Policy: RAND

In a major new report, RAND proposes a combination of conventional and unconventional strategies, including ideas “that seemed too risky or too alien in the past,” targeted in particular at the growing traffic in synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

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William Barr

Why Barr’s Attack on Reform DAs is an Assault on Democracy

Attorney General William Barr’s recent tirade against reform-minded prosecutors is a thinly veiled attempt to undermine communities that have chosen to take back control of justice decisions from”colonialist” policymakers in Washington, writes TCR’s legal columnist.