‘The Nearly Perfect Recidivism Machine’

Texas criminologist William Kelly’s new book calls for a top-to-bottom transformation of a justice system that recycles thousands of Americans without offering them a way to change the behavior that sent them behind bars. He explains his recipe for “disruptive innovation” in a conversation with TCR.

White Collar Crime: Why Top Execs Escape Prosecution

Financial journalist Jesse Eisinger argues in a new book that federal agencies like the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are “broken” systems that allow corporate bosses to evade the criminal consequences of wrongdoing. He explains why in a conversation with TCR.

A Police Chief Reflects: ‘Handcuffs Are Not the Solution’

In his forthcoming book, former Dallas Chief David Brown ponders the lessons learned over a 33-year career in law enforcement, capped by the July 2016 shooting tragedy that left five Dallas officers dead. In a chat with TCR, he discusses the need to change the “culture of policing” in order to bridge the divide between communities and law enforcement around the country.

Do All Violent Offenders Need Long Prison Terms?

Fordham law professor John Pfaff says the country needs to re-examine the way “politics and punishment interact.” In part 2 of an extended conversation with TCR about his book, “Locked In,” Pfaff focuses on what he believes is local prosecutors’ aggressively punitive approach to people convicted of violence.

Measures for Justice: ‘America, How Are We Doing?’

A free data portal to be launched next week will provide the first–ever window into how justice is done (or not done) at the county level. Founder Amy Bach tells TCR how it can be used by anyone who intersects with the criminal justice system, from prosecutors and journalists to ordinary Americans.

The Triumph of the Crime Reporter

What’s the most important crime story of the last century? You can choose from a collection of the 100 best put together by The New York Times from its archives, in a celebration of the often-overlooked chroniclers of murder and mayhem: the men and women for whom crime is a daily beat. Kevin Flynn, the anthology’s editor, reveals the reasons for his choices in a conversation with The Crime Report.

‘They Call Us Monsters’

A new documentary lets juveniles tried as adults for serious crimes tell their stories in a way that defies stereotypes. Director Ben Lear and Sasha Alpert, one of the producers, explain why they began the three-year project in a Q&A with The Crime Report.

Race and American Law: Looking Beyond Obama

A forthcoming and timely book aims to provides tools for instructors, students and advocates to navigate the justice system –particularly in areas where race drives outcomes.