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Policing the Police: How to Tackle the Crisis of Legitimacy

Every major police agency in the U.S. has an Office of Internal Affairs to identify corrupt or abusive officers. But by the time investigators step in, the damage is often done. Here’s one way to get ahead of the problem, suggested by a TCR columnist.

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Can Your Birth Year Predict Future Arrest Rates?

In an unprecedented longitudinal study conducted by Harvard researchers, the sociologists have uncovered that there’s a “birth lottery of history” — meaning that the social context of when someone comes of age influences criminality and arrest rates.

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NJ Cops Can’t Hide from Past Misconduct, State Supreme Court Rules

In a unanimous ruling, the New Jersey Supreme Court approved a groundbreaking move to release the names of police officers disciplined for misconduct. However, how far back they can reach into the past is still up for debate. Police reformers nevertheless say it is a “significant victory.”