probation

Changing the Culture of Community Supervision

America’s probation and parole systems were originally conceived as a channel for providing “rehabilitation and mercy.” For our special report, TCR surveyed some of the states where innovative strategies might offer a path to recovering those goals.

guns

Will Trump Loosen Rules on Firearm Exports?

The feds are considering a shift in federal oversight of foreign gun sales from the State Department to the Department of Commerce. Critics charge the regulatory change, expected later this year, will put more U.S. firearms into the hands of overseas gangs and terrorists.

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A Detective’s Worst Foe: ‘Flawed Thinking’

Fictional detectives like Peter Falk’s Columbo can solve mysteries on a hunch. Real-life investigators who do the same are often responsible for wrongful arrests that undermine the legitimacy of the justice system–and let the real wrongdoers escape, according to criminologists.

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Can Restorative Justice Go Mainstream?

The widely reported courtroom hug last month between the Dallas cop convicted of murdering Botham Jean, an unarmed civilian, and his brother received national attention and has been called an example of how “restorative justice” can heal harm created by tragedy. TCR asked experts in the field to weigh in.

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My Weekend as an Amateur Cold Case Detective

Nearly 300 amateur investigators joined law enforcement authorities in Seattle for a groundbreaking effort to “crowd solve” two crimes—one of them a murder—that have defeated detectives’ efforts for decades. Our reporter was there.