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Ending Unnecessary Traffic Stops That Can Kill

Traffic stops are the most common interaction between the police and the public. Yet for too many drivers — especially Black drivers, who are 20 percent more likely to be stopped — these interactions with the police can turn deadly.

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Mental Illness and False Confessions: A Wakeup Call to Investigators

According to the Innocence Project, there have been 367 DNA exonerations between 1989 and 2020, of which approximately 100 cases involved false confessions. In almost half of these  cases, the subjects were under 18 years old or mentally impaired at the time of their arrest.

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The Emerging National Tragedy of Police Suicides

Beginning Jan. 1, the FBI will collect data on suicides by law enforcement officers, with the goal of releasing the first in a series of annual reports next summer. It may finally bring a problem that has deeply affected American policing out of the “shadows,” writes the executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum.

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How (Some) Prosecutors Changed the Face of Justice in 2021

Ignore the skeptics: the list of reform-minded DAs and their achievements has gotten longer in 2021, writes Miriam Krinsky, Executive Director of Fair and Just Prosecution. But to widen the movement, the president should establish a Task Force on 21st Century Prosecution, adds Krinsky, in an appeal already supported by 100 law enforcement leaders.

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The Eyes Have It: Telling the Truth About Lies

A new lie-detector technology that claims to do better than the polygraph by measuring involuntary eye behavior was pilloried by experts in a recent Washington Post article. But those experts didn’t look closely at the research, writes the CEO of the company that created “EyeDetect.”

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Suing Social Media Sites Won’t Curb Sex Trafficking: Advocates

Online platforms can be invaluable allies in identifying victims of sexual abuse and putting their traffickers behind bars. Instead of prosecuting them, we should encourage their collaboration with law enforcement, write two anti-trafficking activists.