Typically, the criminal justice system is most concerned with an offender’s behavior before and during the crime committed. However, according to a forthcoming paper in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, analyzing an offender’s potentially redeeming behavior after the crime is just as important.
Speakers at the opening session of the 2020 Justice Innovations Conference at John Jay College last week said protests against bias in policing and in other parts of the criminal justice system need to be followed by political organizing at the community level.
Adults across the nation were surveyed between June 11th and June 15th through the Associated Press-NORC’s University of Chicago’s AmeriSpeak Panel. Roughly 70 percent of responders, across all races, believe officers involved in misconduct cases are “treated too leniently by the justice system.”
Millions of Americans with criminal records are stymied from leading normal lives because of state and federal statutes that can bar them from getting certain jobs, finding housing or exercising their right to vote. A Rutgers scholar says some of the barriers are coming down, and there’s reason to hope that the process will continue.
Although President Donald Trump has dismissed calls for defunding police as “radical,” versions of the approach have been employed successfully by law enforcement agencies in several European countries. The nation of Georgia abolished its entire police force in 2004, then replaced it with a scaled-back version.
A voluntary FBI call for information from the nation’s police departments has produced only partial data. Now President Donald Trump and members of Congress want to require police to submit data or lose federal aid.