william barr

‘Wake Up, Mr. Barr: It’s 2019’

Attorney General William Barr’s criticism of reform prosecutors this week was not only “ill-informed”—it would lead us back to the failed tough-on-crime era, warns one of the nation’s leading criminologists.


Federal Hate Crime Prosecutions ‘Falling’: Report

Nearly 2,000 hate crimes have been referred to U.S. attorneys since 2009, but just 15 percent have resulted in prosecutions, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. So far, in 2019, just 17 cases—of 99 referrals under the five hate crime statutes on federal books—have been prosecuted.

Trump Calls for Death Penalty for Mass Shooters

In a televised statement Monday, the president called the mass shootings in El Paso, Tx., and Dayton, Ohio “a crime against all of humanity” and signaled he will ask for legislation making “hate crimes” and “mass murders” subject to the death penalty. Critics, noting he offered no new proposals regarding gun control, called his remarks “empty promises.”