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Can the ‘Wisdom of a Second Look’ Curb America’s Appetite for Harsh Sentences?

The evidence shows that excessive sentences do not deter crime, even as they have produced a correctional system bursting at the seams, declared over 60 elected prosecutors and law enforcement leaders, in a joint statement marking Second Chances Month. They called for mechanisms to provide second chances to the individuals behind bars who pose no danger to the community.

Time for the Next Step in Federal Justice Reform: Rethinking Drug Laws

As the Biden administration looks for wins to deliver before the midterms, criminal justice reform should be at the top of the list, says the former GOP staff director of the House Judiciary Committee. Leveraging bipartisan support for federal drug policy reform might be a good place to start.

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The Killing of Sarah Everard: Catalyst for Police Reform in the UK?

A murder in a London neighborhood has unleashed pent-up frustrations and anger by British women over what they charge is a pattern of indifference by police to gender-targeted violence. It may lead to a long-overdue re-examination of police training, says a veteran UK police officer.


COVID-19, the Commercial Sex Industry and Sex Trafficking

The pandemic has increased the number of women, men and children at risk of trafficking. But given the hidden nature of the crime, it is no surprise that anti-trafficking efforts appear to have had little impact on reducing victimization, writes the author of a book used to train law enforcement.


Prosecutors and the ‘Moral Imperative’ for Transparency

The planned release of seven years of data by Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. to illustrate how race and gender influence charging decisions is another step in the emerging national movement to demystify a system that has been opaque too long, write two open-government advocates.


Can We Train Cops to be ‘Problem-Solvers’ Instead of Warriors?

Police agencies have achieved more reforms than they’re given credit for, but “old thinking” still prevails in too many departments, writes the executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum. Instead of following a checklist of what not to do, he suggests, managers should be telling cops what they should do.