Can Americans Keep Their Guns Safe?

In part two of a Special Report, TCR’s Cassie Chew interviews legislators, advocates and parents, including gun owners, who are mobilizing for stricter firearm storage laws.

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Mental Illness and the Justice System

To what extent should those who suffer from extreme mental illness be held accountable for criminal behavior, and what consequences should they face? Medical and legal experts propose more humane strategies for dealing with justice-involved mentally troubled individuals in a TCR special report.

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The Biggest Crop in Prison Gardens: Hope

An innovative program offered in 11 California prisons as well as facilities in Indiana and Ohio offers incarcerees the chance to train as professional horticulturalists and landscapers. In a special report, TCR writer Eva Herscowitz talks to proponents who say it can offer an alternative approach to traditional models of incarceration.

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America’s Rocky Road to Justice-Informed Policing

The George Floyd killing forced white Americans to confront awkward truths about racial disparities in the justice system, and the police role in enforcing those disparities. In the latest installment of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation’s “At the Crossroads” series of interviews, criminologist and former prosecutor Kami Chavis argues the entire police “ecosystem” needs reform―starting at the local level.

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Children and Guns: Holding Parents Accountable

The charges filed against James and Jennifer Crumbley, parents of a Michigan teen who allegedly shot dead four of his high school classmates, could bring greater national attention to weaknesses in federal and state laws regulating firearm storage and minors’ access to guns, a TCR Special Report found.

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The Perils of Policing in Pakistan

American and British experts are quietly helping Pakistan modernize a weak and corrupt justice system. But it needs to be a bigger priority for Western policymakers hoping to achieve regional stability, writes a former UK senior police official.

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Can We Build an ‘Infrastructure’ for Violence Prevention?

The small number of individuals involved in shootings within any given community are connected by a web of social relationships in which violence follows the same predictable pathways as any pathogen, suggests Chicago criminologist Andrew Papachristos. In the latest installment of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation “Crossroads” interviews, he explains how that research finding can inform efforts to reduce gun violence.

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Is It Time to Rethink the ‘American Way of Punishment’?

America’s harsh sentencing policies over the past three decades have condemned individuals to lengthy prison terms that offer little opportunity for rehabilitation, fail to provide them with a path for a successful return to civilian life, and have little impact on public safety, a webinar was told this month.