Let’s End Solitary for Youth During COVID—and After

With the increased dangers caused by the pandemic, jurisdictions across the country should be doing all they can to reduce the number of youth confined in secure facilities. For those youth who do remain confined, however, the risk of being subjected to solitary confinement is especially concerning, write two former youth agency administrators.

Why are UK Police Officers Fleeing the Force?

A former Detective Chief Superintendent says the reasons should be familiar to American cops.  Low morale, high stress and public hostility have contributed to a doubling in the number of resignations in eight years—and the pandemic has only aggravated matters.

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The Uphill Battle Against Sexual Misconduct in the U.S. Military

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden promised to remove the “scourge of sexual assault” from the U.S. armed forces. Fulfilling that promise, however, will require an overhaul of military justice to prevent senior officers from meddling in cases brought against troops under their command, writes a veteran Marine officer.  

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Justice Derailed: America’s Legacy of Sentencing the Innocent

The Central Park Five, freed after their conviction for a crime they didn’t commit, represent just one example of the ugly side of American justice. It’s a reminder of how important it is to prevent innocent people from being trapped by the justice system, writes a documentary filmmaker who investigates wrongful convictions.


Don’t Call it ‘Diversion’

Diversion and alternatives to incarceration have been shown to increase public safety and reduce prison and jail populations. But these descriptive terms are misleadingly negative, argues the former Director of Criminal Justice at the Center for Court Innovation–who suggests a replacement. 


The Newest Battlefront of the Drug War

Last month, Washington state’s Supreme Court invalidated its drug possession law based on a technicality. Legislators can decide to fix the technicality―or use the opportunity to embrace the notion that preventing someone from obtaining a controlled substance by locking them away is not a legitimate solution, writes a TCR columnist.

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Why It’s Time to Abandon Drug Courts

If we want to move beyond the discredited War on Drugs and save lives, we must abandon the fixation on drug courts, invest in proven solutions, and let healthcare professionals― not lawyers and judges―guide treatment, write a former federal prosecutor and a public health researcher.


The New Pioneers of Conviction Integrity

Conviction Integrity Unit prosecutors would probably say they are just “trying to do justice.”  In fact, they are pioneers in mobilizing a modernized understanding of how things go wrong in criminal justice, writes TCR’s Legal Affairs columnist. 


Nine ‘Urgent’ Steps to Improving Youth-Police Relations

The frequency of incidents involving the increased use of force by police on adults is trickling down into officers’ treatment of children and youth.  Two prominent youth advocates offer nine initial steps policymakers can take to protect young people from police abuse.


Texas Study Shows Diversion Curbs Recidivism, Strengthens Job Prospects

A study of Texas’ court-managed diversion program by two economists is welcome news for those who argue that helping individuals steer clear of a first criminal conviction can reduce recidivism and increase the likelihood of securing―and retaining―legitimate employment.