Justice Reform Subverted by Politics, says Bill Moyers

When prosecutors and judges are turned into vote-seekers, efforts to develop more humane approaches to punishment and law enforcement suffer, the veteran TV journalist said in an interview aired on CUNY’s “Criminal Justice Matters” program Tuesday. He charged that the Trump administration’s “tough on crime” rhetoric has made things worse.

Bill Moyers

Bill Moyers Named The Crime Report’s 2018 ‘Justice Trailblazer’

The annual award, which honors individuals in the media or media-related fields who have advanced national understanding of the 21st-century challenges of criminal justice, will be presented at a John Jay College dinner Feb. 15. Moyers was most recently executive producer of “Rikers,” a documentary on New York’s troubled jail facility.

Washington Post

Right-Wing ‘Guerrilla Journalist’ Foiled in Inept Roy Moore Sting

A clumsy sting by right-wing “guerrilla journalist” James O’Keefe, who recruited a woman to pose as a long-ago adolescent lover of Judge Roy Moore, was easily sniffed out by the Washington Post. One conservative commentator carped “it really would serve the movement if his funders would consider financing someone more effective.”

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Who Will Cover Tomorrow’s Crime Stories?

When the NYC websites Gothamist and DNAinfo were shuttered this month, it was a blow to local justice reporting. But it’s also a wakeup call to journalism schools and others to find new ways of filling the coverage gap, writes a NY journalism professor.

TV news

Murder in Your Living Room: Rethinking TV Crime News

Veteran Chicago TV newsman Robert Jordan, Jr. argues in a new book that the media—especially broadcast outlets—too often concentrate on the most violent stories while “sleeping” through more significant developments in American justice. He explains what he means in a chat with TCR.