Kentucky’s “Blue Lives Matter” law makes it a hate crime to target police officers, a legislative trend sweeping a number of states. At the same time, lawmakers in New York, Connecticut and Illinois are responding to surging reports of hate crimes against racial, religious and ethnic minorities by trying to strengthen laws and policies that target criminal bias.
Former National Institute of Justice director John Laub and other academic leaders want “to ensure that DOJ does not slip backwards and continues to use science and evidence with respect to policies regarding crime and justice.”
The president’s misinformed policies, plans and pronouncements may actually increase disorder. Criminologist James Alan Fox writes, “Trump’s exaggerated view of America’s crime problem may ultimately become prophesy.”
In his third article about federal immigration mandates and local jurisdictions, John Jay researcher Dan Stageman examines the “bellwether” Frederick County in Maryland, where a hardline sheriff contends with political opposition.
Nearly half of Pennsylvania’s 2,500 municipalities rely solely on state police for protection. Facing a $3 billion budget deficit, Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed a $25-per-resident fee to pay for what some regard as special service.
The report, by Danielle Sered of the advocacy group Common Justice, suggests a “new vision” that includes policies and practices that are survivor-centered, based on accountability, safety-driven, and racially equitable.
A police commander said officers should immediately begin reporting unpermitted parties and illegally converted warehouses to their superiors. Four hours later, the order was rescinded as premature. Oakland continues to struggle with fallout from a Dec. 2 fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse that killed 36 people.
“A new era of justice begins and it begins right now,” the President said at the swearing-in of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Trump vowed “to break the back of the criminal cartels that have spread across our nation.