rikers

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.

james mcgreevey

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.

jeremiah

‘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.

privacy

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.

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.