Ted Gest is the editor of “Crime and Justice News” for The Crime Report. He also writes a blog for the site. Gest covered the White House, Justice Department, Supreme Court, and legal/justice news during a 23-year career at U.S. News & World Report. A native of St. Louis, Gest began his career at the Post-Dispatch. Currently, he is the founder and president of Criminal Justice Journalists.
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.
A review of 70 studies of police body-worn cameras finds that they win support from police and private citizens alike, but their impact on officer behavior and on citizen views of the police is not consistent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”