Months after businesses asked local leaders for a “wholesale reform” of Seattle’s criminal justice system, officials announced a suite of programs aimed at addressing repeat offenders who cycle in and out of jail, often for petty crimes and misdemeanors, and who struggle with substance use and mental health.
In the wake of the latest mass shooting, Democrats are pleading with President Trump and congressional Republicans to tighten gun restrictions, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is remaining noncommittal about bringing new gun safety legislation to a vote.
With a federal grant, a half-square-mile neighborhood in north St. Louis County, Mo., long riddled with violence, is now the frontier of crime prevention: Residents, researchers and cops are experimenting with crime-fighting tools — from painting murals to cleaning up vacant lots to installing street lights — and tracking how those steps reduce crime.
As a wave of tougher abortion laws spreads across the U.S., a new study finds that crime dropped significantly between 1997 and 2014 in the five states where abortion was legalized in the 1970s, before Roe v Wade. The reason, according to the authors: Fewer unwanted children grew up in adverse circumstances that influenced future criminal behavior.
Powerful flood lights placed at 40 public-housing developments across the city led to as much as a 59 percent nighttime drop in serious crime, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research study.
More school districts are purchasing social media monitoring software in the hopes of preventing school shootings, but there’s no evidence that such tools improve student safety, say Brennan Center researchers.
President Trump over the weekend blasted special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment as “highly conflicted.” In fact, Justice Department ethics experts cleared Mueller to run the two-year investigation and Trump’s own aides had dismissed his president’s complaints as “ridiculous” and unfounded.