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The Truth About Catching Killers 

Most murder investigations look nothing like the fast-paced, drama-soaked procedurals seen on streaming TV or podcasts. In a chat with TCR about his new book, former Scotland Yard detective Steve Keogh explains how the job gets done.

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America’s Rocky Road to Justice-Informed Policing

The George Floyd killing forced white Americans to confront awkward truths about racial disparities in the justice system, and the police role in enforcing those disparities. In the latest installment of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation’s “At the Crossroads” series of interviews, criminologist and former prosecutor Kami Chavis argues the entire police “ecosystem” needs reform―starting at the local level.

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How the Supreme Court Laid the Foundations for ‘Racialized Policing’

In his new book, noted constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky blames a series of Court decisions for the hurdles Americans face in making police accountable for misconduct. In a conversation with TCR, he argues that the ball is now in the hands of our political institutions.

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What Happened to Kendrick Johnson?

The mysterious death of a 17-year-old Georgia high school student has sparked multiple investigations, but no answers. Documentary filmmaker Jason Pollock, whose film about the case opens in theaters this month, tells TCR the lack of movement is another example of society’s failure to take the lives of young Black men seriously.

America’s Justice System Needs a ‘Course Correction’: Jeremy Travis

A “once-in-a-half-century movement” to reform criminal justice is underway, says noted scholar and reformer Jeremy Travis. In a conversation with Greg Berman in the latest installment of the At The Crossroads series of interviews for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, he explains what it will take to make that movement succeed.

Reducing Violence: Why ‘Simple’ Solutions Won’t Work

As we emerge from the pandemic to face a surge in violent crime, evidence-based gun violence prevention programs take on a new urgency, criminologist Caterina Roman tells Greg Berman in the latest installment of the interview series sponsored by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

Bill Bratton on Police Reform: ‘Let’s Do It Right This Time’

Few figures have been as transformative in U.S. policing as Bill Bratton. In a wide-ranging conversation with TCR about his new book, the former chief of the Los Angeles and New York police departments offers some hard-won insights from his own career at a time when the very fundamentals of policing are being called into question―and when U.S. cities are facing a post-pandemic rise in violent crime.

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How the FBI Caught the Unabomber

On the 25th anniversary of the arrest of Ted Kazcynski, who eluded justice during a nearly two-decade string of bombings that terrified the nation, the three FBI agents who led the investigation have written a book with new details of the case. In a conversation with TCR, Donald Noel, one of the agents, draws some lessons for the pursuit of today’s high-tech criminals.

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Why the Death Penalty Lingers On in America

Support for capital punishment has declined in the U.S. to its lowest level in 50 years, yet a majority of states retain the practice. In a chat with TCR, Marc Bookman, a former public defender and author of a new book, explores the systemic, political and emotional factors that keep the death penalty alive.