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‘They Do Have Souls’: A Dialogue Between Cops and Protesters

Behind the outrage on the streets of America’s cities this week, there were genuine efforts to find common ground between police and demonstrators. It was not always comfortable, but it was real, a TCR reporter who joined thousands of marchers in New York City discovered one evening this week.

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Will Pandemic Be ‘Tipping Point’ For Justice Reform?

The release of older, vulnerable federal inmates as a protective health measure, with no discernible impact on crime rates, should be a sign that “the sky’s not going to fall” if the releases continue after the crisis, say reformers. They hope it can pave the way for a more evidence-based approach to crime and punishment.

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Is the ‘Blue Wall of Silence’ Crumbling?

Following the death of George Floyd, law enforcement personnel of various ranks have condemned the police misbehavior, with some even calling for criminal charges. That’s an impressive change from attitudes just a few years earlier, says a former New  Jersey prosecutor—but is it too little, too late?

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We Are All Complicit in George Floyd’s Death

All of us have collaborated in the social construction of a reality that led to an African-American man’s death under the knee of a white Minneapolis cop. We are as responsible as the three other policemen who watched without speaking up, writes TCR’s legal columnist.

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Can Procedural Justice Training Reduce Officer Misconduct?

A study of 8,480 Chicago cops who went through the training between 2012 and 2016 shows they received fewer civilian complaints than non-trained colleagues. The study authors say their findings support strategies for restoring police legitimacy—and effectiveness—in at-risk communities.

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The COVID-19 ‘Catch-22’ for Young People Behind Bars

No parent would want their child placed in a bare room by themselves for days or weeks. But that’s exactly how we are treating young people housed in juvenile facilities during the coronavirus pandemic, write two youth advocates.

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Why Supporting the Death Penalty is Now a GOP Fringe Position

The Republican Party’s national platform still contains a pro-capital punishment plank, but few appear to be standing by it these days. Beginning in 2012, the number of GOP-sponsored repeal bills has sharply increased, and the pace has picked up since 2016, argues the head of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty.

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Inside Rikers During COVID-19: ‘A Cesspool of Illness’

In the last three months, the coronavirus pandemic has heightened concerns about one of the country’s most notorious penal complexes. Through their lawyer, inmates told The Crime Report that even though the city has freed hundreds of inmates and adopted health measures, the New York City jail is still dangerously cramped and unsanitary.