A U.S. Sentencing Commission hearing was told Tuesday that customs and border patrol agents had seen a “dramatic increase in seizures” of fentanyl and its analogs, from one kilogram in fiscal year 2013, to 208 kilograms in 2016, to 550 kilograms in 2017—a 160 percent increase over the previous year.
A clumsy sting by right-wing “guerrilla journalist” James O’Keefe, who recruited a woman to pose as a long-ago adolescent lover of Judge Roy Moore, was easily sniffed out by the Washington Post. One conservative commentator carped “it really would serve the movement if his funders would consider financing someone more effective.”
In an era of falling crime rates, spousal abuse often disappears from the radar screen of public attention. But journalists can play a critical role in providing context—and help prevent future tragedies, speakers at a John Jay College panel said Tuesday.
Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), chair of the conservative House Republican Study Committee, agrees with an unlikely ally, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), that federal sentencing reform should advance in Congress next year.
For two decades, criminal justice advocates have been promoting the idea of basing anticrime policy on scientific evidence. But is anyone listening? Leading criminologists address the question at a Philadelphia conference.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein didn’t stray much from the Trump administration’s tough-on-crime rhetoric, but he described as “worthy” efforts to fight crime with “solutions … apart from prosecution and incarceration.”
African-American male offenders receive sentences averaging 19.1 percent longer than white males—a gap that has largely remained unchanged since the U.S. Sentencing Commission began studying the issue in 2010.
Pennsylvania corrections chief John Wetzel launched the two-day Washington meeting with an appeal to legislators, corrections administrators, police chiefs and health officials to work together on evidence-based solutions. Another speaker said the White House would back unspecified reforms.
Journalists probing the 47-year-old murder of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik have turned up links between her death and five other unsolved killings. Police confirm a WJZ-TV report they are investigating whether the killings were tied to a coverup of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and cops in Baltimore in the 1970s.
Many people trapped in the justice system today were victims themselves of trauma or addiction, says Karol Mason, who was appointed the fifth president of the country’s leading justice university this year. In an interview on the “Criminal Justice Matters” CUNY-TV program, she argued that innovative programs already underway demonstrate how social service providers, courts and police can successfully cooperate to reduce America’s justice-involved population.