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Criminal Justice Journalism Wins Pulitzer Prizes

Reporting by the South Florida Sun Sentinel and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on mass shootings won awards. Another winner was Hannah Dreier of ProPublica for a series on a crackdown on the MS-13 gang that also won a John Jay College of Criminal Justice prize this year.

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Experts Plan Major Research Project on Reducing Police Shootings

Two decades after Amadou Diallo was killed by four New York City police officers in the wrongful belief he carried a gun, fatal police shootings of unarmed civilians continues to mire U.S.police agencies in controversy. Criminologists are planning a new set of studies to examine why–and offer solutions.

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Alaska Leads Nation in Gun Deaths: Study

States with weak gun violence prevention laws and high rates of gun ownership experienced some of the highest per capita rates of gun deaths, says the Violence Policy Center based on newly released 2017 data. Hawaii has the nation’s lowest gun-death rate.

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Half of MS Jail Detainees Stay Over 90 Days

Long pretrial detentions are particularly prevalent in Mississippi because of impoverished inmates who can’t make bail, delays in appointing public defenders, slow processing of evidence and infrequent meetings of local courts.

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Do The Nation’s Prosecutors Need Help?

As national attention focuses on prosecutors’ role in the justice system, and as more reform DAs win office, they could benefit from up-to-date research to help them make decisions, especially on many lower-level criminal cases that don’t necessarily warrant a prison term, a Washington DC panel was told this month.

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Violent Crime Rate Dropped Slightly Last Year, FBI Says

Murders also dropped slightly from 2016. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has spoken frequently about reports of rising crime numbers and has warned that the crime decline had “ominously reversed,” said that the crime decline indicated in the FBI report “is something that we all should celebrate.”