The Risks of Doing Forensics on the Cheap

Nine years ago, the UK’s national police service tried to save money by bidding out its forensic work to a private company. A recent report documented a long list of failures ―a lesson worth noting by budget-conscious American reformers, writes a former UK detective who has led major forensics investigations.

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Why Criminal Justice Too Often Goes Criminally Wrong

Although everyone grasps in a general way that “stuff happens” in the U.S. criminal justice system, what most Americans don’t see is that once things do go wrong there is an elaborate architecture in place to guarantee that things will stay wrong.


After 9/11, Time to Rein in Big Brother?

Law enforcement needs careful guidelines to ensure the sophisticated counterterrorism surveillance tools developed in the aftermath of the New York attacks are not abused in daily police work. The UK might offer one model.


The Missing Link in Justice Reform: People

Ordinary Americans are virtually absent from roles of power and influence in all of our justice systems. That’s too often overlooked in reform conversations, says TCR’s legal affairs columnist.

Mass Shooting in the UK Spotlights the Danger of Incel ‘Terrorism’

At least 50 homicides in the U.S. and Canada over the past several years have been attributed to “incels,” adherents of a murderous subculture that targets women. The latest incident left six people dead in the UK last week, including the shooter, and raises questions about whether believers should be classified as terrorists, writes a former UK detective superintendent.