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Can ‘Defunded’ Police Handle a Crush of Non-Crime Calls?

Police agencies receive more than 240 million 911 calls a year — many having little do with crime, an online forum heard Thursday. Reducing police budgets without addressing the changing demands on U.S. law enforcement will make it harder to respond to the community problems those calls represent, speakers said.

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Has the Media ‘Helped Create’ Mass Incarceration—or Exposed Its Bias?

A group of academics has criticized the Pulitzer Prize awarded the Louisville Courier-Journal for its examination of pardons issued by departing Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, calling it an example of how the media’s portrayal “has helped create our mass incarceration crisis.” The letter displayed a fundamental misunderstanding of the news media’s role, says TCR’s Washington bureau chief.

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Task Force Calls for Independent Oversight of Federal Prisons

The recommendation was one of 15 proposed by a task force headed by former Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. Other priorities for “realistic reforms” in the federal justice system included spending more money on reducing “victimization and trauma” in cities, and formally recognizing states that have legalized marijuana.

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Community Justice Programs Face New Pressure in Health Crisis

As more inmates are released to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, community social-service providers worry that many “don’t have anywhere to go,” a videoconference on COVID-19’s impact on programs that help the formerly incarcerated find employment, health counseling and educational opportunities was told.

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Prosecutors Ponder Their Role During Nation’s Health Crisis

Ex-Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker suggested that DAs should “use our discretion” to prevent unnecessary incarceration. He was among conservative prosecutors gathered Thursday for an online discussion of what one called the “public safety challenge of a lifetime.”