Why Prosecutors Are the ‘Heart’ of Our Prison Population Boom

Fordham law professor John Pfaff argues in a new book that traditional explanations for America’s mass incarceration crisis distract from the central challenge of rethinking how we punish violent offenders. In part one of a chat with TCR contributing editor David Krajicek, he offers some solutions.

Criminal Justice Group Assails Trump Budget Request

The National Criminal Justice Association says President Trump’s budget proposal to Congress would harm state and local law enforcement by making another big cut in Byrne JAG grants, which help fund state and local innovations in crime-fighting. In the last seven years, funding for Byrne JAG already has been cut by one-third.

America’s Expensive Prisons

Does shrinking the size of prison populations save taxpayers money? Not always, says a study released May 23 by the Vera Institute of Justice. The study found that 25 states increased their spending on prisons even though the nation’s overall prison population has declined.

The Last Vestige of ‘Jim Crow’ Justice

Louisiana leads the nation in incarceration rates, with most of those imprisoned African Americans. One reason is the state’s post-Civil War practice of allowing non-unanimous jury verdicts—but some reformers are pressing for change.

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.

When Innocence Needs a Champion

A veteran private eye argues that if the services of criminal investigators were made available to poor defendants during trial, it would save the time and money spent in fighting to exonerate the wrongfully convicted.