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The Plight of the Police Whistleblower

In the 1960s, NYPD detective Frank Serpico, played by Al Pacino in a 1973 film, risked his life to expose police corruption and misconduct. Modern-day Serpicos are still largely unprotected, exacerbating the “culture of silence” in American policing, policing experts and former cops tell The Crime Report.

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‘They Do Have Souls’: A Dialogue Between Cops and Protesters

Behind the outrage on the streets of America’s cities this week, there were genuine efforts to find common ground between police and demonstrators. It was not always comfortable, but it was real, a TCR reporter who joined thousands of marchers in New York City discovered one evening this week.

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Inside Rikers During COVID-19: ‘A Cesspool of Illness’

In the last three months, the coronavirus pandemic has heightened concerns about one of the country’s most notorious penal complexes. Through their lawyer, inmates told The Crime Report that even though the city has freed hundreds of inmates and adopted health measures, the New York City jail is still dangerously cramped and unsanitary.

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Former NJ Gov Calls For Change in ‘Radically Flawed’ Corrections Systems

Speaking at the Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America, Jim McGreevey, who now chairs the New Jersey Reentry Corporation, argued that most community supervision programs lack the resources to offer the practical skills needed to help individuals navigate the  complex transition from prison to civil  society once they have completed  their sentence.

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‘The Extraordinary Ordinary Prisoner’

Jeremiah Bourgeois was convicted of murder at age 14, with every expectation he would spend the remainder of his life in prison. A collection of his writings for The Crime Report, published by Amazon this month, tells an extraordinary story of how one man found a path back to redemption—and freedom— after spending 27 years inside America’s carceral state.

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Revenge Porn Victims Caught Between Tech and the Law

Victims of revenge porn have few rights, even under laws that treat the public, nonconsensual distribution of intimate images as a crime against privacy or public decency—and they are hobbled by laws that protect websites from liability. Some jurisdictions are turning to restorative justice as a solution.