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Inside the Minds of Men Who Murder

In his new book, TCR contributing editor David Krajicek explores the written and recorded leavings of mass killers. In this excerpt, he describes some of their common characteristics, including a “pseudocommando mindset” and “heroic revenge fantasy.”

Opioids and Pain: A Professor’s Story

America’s opioid epidemic was a matter of academic interest to bioethicist Travis Rieder until he suffered a serious accident in 2015. That’s when, as he put it, his efforts to overcome a “profound dependence on oxycodone” led him to write a book arguing for a more nuanced approach to pain sufferers and the doctors who work with them.

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Is the Warrior Cop a Myth?

The debate about policing today has focused on what many believe is the growing militarization of U.S. law enforcement. But in a conversation with TCR, the author of a new book on policing says that simplifies a much more complex problem.

From Gang ‘Shot Caller’ to Pastor: A Life-Altering Journey

Darwin “Casey” Diaz was once one of California’s most violent criminals. Today, the former gang leader counsels at-risk  young people. In a conversation with TCR about his new book, Diaz explains how he changed his life.

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Dannemora Escape: In Defense of the Prison Guards

The June, 2015 escape by two inmates from a high-security prison in upstate New York triggered a country-wide manhunt, a national media feeding frenzy, two movies, and a TV mini-series. In a new book, a former guard reveals what everyone missed.

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Catching a Kingpin: The Hunt for ‘El Chapo’ and the Deadly Lessons of the Opioid Crisis

When drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman was convicted last month, many people scored it as a major victory in America’s drug war. But in a conversation with TCR about his new book, Jack Riley, the DEA agent who helped bring Guzman to justice, said the country still hasn’t learned the real lessons of the struggle with opioid cartels and their enablers.

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Americans and Guns: Are the Politics Changing?

U.S. public opinion is shifting towards an acceptance of stricter gun regulations, according to Igor Volsky, founder of Guns Down America and author of a new book on the issue. In a conversation with TCR, Volsky offers a blueprint for taking advantage of the shift to go beyond what he calls merely “incremental” reforms.

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Why ‘Liberal’ Policing Shouldn’t Be a Contradiction in Terms

American policing has drifted disturbingly far from the liberal values that gird our democracy, warns Luke William Hunt, a justice professor and a former FBI agent. In a conversation with TCR, he discusses his new book, which offers a blueprint for getting us back to our roots.

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Can the U.S. Abolish Life Sentences?

Why is the U.S. almost alone among Western democracies in condemning people to life sentences? Ashley Nellis, co-author with Marc Mauer of a new book calling for an end to the practice, tells TCR why it’s time to change our hardline approach to punishment.