How Well Does the US Media Cover Criminal Justice?

 The verdict is mixed, according to The Crime Report’s annual survey released Friday. Despite some bright spots, continued layoffs and closures have forced many smaller news outlets to reduce their coverage, leaving millions of Americans in the dark about the practices of local courts, law enforcement and justice agencies.

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After El Chapo: Ignore Drug ‘Kingpins’, say Experts

As jurors begin deliberations this week in the trial of the Mexican drug boss, some observers fear a conviction, while welcome, could reinforce an outdated Washington strategy of going after “drug kingpins”—and complicate already dangerous power struggles in the deadly narcotics trade.


How to Find the Cops America Needs

The crisis in U.S. policing often begins at the recruitment stage. A TCR special report examines how police departments are trying to change the way they hire new officers, beginning with locating candidates who care about the communities they’ll serve.

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Ten Women Who Changed Criminal Justice in 2018

The Crime Report is proud to spotlight ten individuals whose work not only symbolizes the emerging roles of women as justice change-makers, but also reflects the issues that dominated the justice agenda during 2018. Our picks include Christine Blasey Ford whose testimony at the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings riveted the nation.


Are Pain Doctors Wrongly Taking the Blame for the Opioid Crisis?

A California doctor now serving a 25-year term for operating a “pill mill” says pain management specialists like himself are scapegoats for the government’s failure to address the opioid epidemic. Many experts and pain advocates contacted by The Crime Report suggest he has raised a valid point.  

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Has Plea Bargaining Distorted American Justice?

Every day, in the corridors of most U.S. courts, defense attorneys and prosecutors quietly negotiate plea deals in a system of “underground justice” that often shortchanges defendants. In a conversation with TCR about his new book, Texas scholar William Kelly offers an alternative.


New Jersey AG Assails ‘Harebrained’ Federal Immigration Policies

In a blunt talk to students and faculty at John Jay College, Gurbir Grewal said state attorneys-general have been critical to the struggle against “harebrained” federal efforts to criminalize immigrants over the past two years. But conservative federal court appointments will make things tougher, he warned.

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Mystery Writers’ Furor Revives Debate Over Central Park Five

Linda Fairstein, who headed Manhattan’s Sex Crimes Unit when five youths were wrongly prosecuted in a notorious rape case 29 years ago, is now a crime novelist. But lingering anger over the case, fanned by a social media campaign, cost her a major literary award last month.