America’s New Breed of Prosecutors

Prosecutors across the U.S. are taking important steps to remedythe disproportionate impact that the criminal justice system has on marginalized communities.

Want to Shrink Our Prisons? Fix Probation and Parole

Over 4.7 million Americans are under “community corrections” supervision today—more than twice the number of individuals behind bars. Rethinking that 19th-century approach is crucial if we want to end mass incarceration, say the authors of a Harvard Kennedy School paper released today.

Building Trust in Police: What Really Works?

The authors of a study of police-civilian interactions in two cities in New York State say their findings challenge assumptions in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing that simply treating citizens with fairness and respect is sufficient to restore trust and confidence in law enforcement.

How Concealing Key Evidence Convicts the Innocent

A June 22 Supreme Court ruling that evidence which might prove a defendant’s innocence does not necessarily have to be presented by prosecutors represents a major setback to constitutional guarantees of a fair trial, argues the founder of the National Registration of Exonerations.

Child Trafficking: The Tragedy of ‘Princess’

Even when information about online trafficking victims is brought to the attention of law enforcement, they can still be treated as “disposable people” by the system meant to protect them, says a trafficking expert.

Colombia and Drugs: Rex Tillerson’s ‘Coca Confusion’

Despite a return to hardline drug-war rhetoric, the U.S. has weakened its partnership with other key allies in the war on drugs in the hemisphere, says a hemisphere expert. Exhibit A: the current policy muddle about how to stem Colombia’s increasing coca crop.