Can We Learn from Prosecutor Misconduct?

At least one federal judge has argued that violations of the Brady v. Maryland rule requiring prosecutors to disclose evidence favorable to the defense are “epidemic.”  But we should be thinking about how to prevent such miscarriages of justice, rather than just punishing them, writes TCR’s legal columnist.

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When It Comes to Parole Supervision, Less is More

People who are returning from prison face a gauntlet of challenges. Why do we make things more difficult for them by making them subject to technical violations that have little to do with public safety?


Investigating—and Stopping—the Lone Terrorist

A recent FBI report examining 52 attacks between 1972 and 2015 by individuals acting alone dispels some of the myths about “lone wolf” terrorism in the U.S. But it also offers some important lessons about how to prevent the horrific tragedies they cause, writes a former Air Force intelligence analyst.


Ignore the Headlines: Police Reform is Moving Ahead

Since the tragic 2014 events in Ferguson, there’s been a burst of police reform involving new state laws, new local ordinances, important initiatives by two major state attorneys general, and reforms by progressive police chiefs. But you wouldn’t know it from the stories about shootings and beatings that get play in the media, writes one of the nation’s leading experts in policing.


How Menthol Bans Illustrate the Dangers of ‘Overcriminalization’

Proposals to ban sales of menthol cigarettes are the latest examples of a misplaced focus on creating criminal penalties that waste police time, harm minority communities, and detract law enforcement attention from crimes that actually put people’s safety at risk, say R Street researchers.

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Wrongful Convictions: The Grisham Effect

Novelist John Grisham is an outspoken critic of the miscarriages of justice that put innocent people in jail. But his most valuable contribution, from a reformer’s perspective, has been to show the connection between the mistakes made by individuals and the system that nurtures them, says our legal affairs columnist.