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Why U.S. Colleges Are Failing at Justice Education

The Criminology/Criminal Justice degree, one of the most-awarded degrees in the country, is increasingly responsible for how many students view criminal justice. But Black instructors make up only 6 percent of college faculties nationwide, an imbalance that helps perpetuate a “knowledge gap” about systemic racism, argues a scholar.

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Why Can’t Reformers Speak the Same Language?

Justice reformers like to use words like “safety,” “accountability” and “reform,” but too often they mean different things depending on who is using them. It would be better if we agreed on common definitions if we want to really change the system, writes TCR’s legal affairs columnist.

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Youth Prisons: Why Are We Paying to be Less Safe?

It costs over $200,000 annually to lock up just one young person, but jailing a youth actually increases the likelihood of later recidivism by nearly a quarter.  Two researchers at the Justice Policy Institute argue it’s long past time for states to follow through on mounting calls to replace youth prisons with community-centered programs.

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What’s Blocking Police Reform? Call It ‘Blue Fragility’

Many officers across the 18,000 police departments in the U.S. are consummate professionals. But they indirectly contribute to racialized police violence through a defensive cultural ethos that portrays law enforcement agents as victims.

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Why the Death Penalty Offends Conservatives

A Republican Wyoming state representative who describes himself as “fiscally conservative, socially conservative, and liberty-minded” argues that capital punishment wastes taxpayers’ money at a time when his constituents are already hard-pressed to meet their most basic needs.

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Why We Need Federal Judges Who Are Former Public Defenders

The Trump Administration is currently loading the bench with prosecutors. But that stacks the deck against defendants who deserve the second chances promised by Congress, writes a member of Georgetown University’s Juvenile Justice Clinic.

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Why are America’s Women Police Chiefs Resigning?

The retirement of Carmen Best, Seattle’s beleaguered police chief, is the latest in a wave of departures of women leading major city police departments. Once seen as essential to changing the “warrior culture” of policing, they are being felled by weak mayoral support and protester politics.    

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A Prosecutor’s Success Story: Change Without Labels

The innovative DA’s office in California’s Yolo County illustrates how in some small and medium-sized jurisdictions, the difference between “progressive” and “mainstream” is only in the eye of the beholder.

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Just How Many Cops Are ‘Bad Apples’?

Some argue that policing misconduct is confined to a few rotten officers, while others blame a “diseased tree.” Two scholars say it’s time for local officials to conduct audits to determine the extent of the problem in their jurisdictions, and devise evidence-based remedies.

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Why ‘Enforcing’ the Law is Not the Same as Doing Justice

Calling police officers, prosecutors and other officials charged with keeping us safe agents of “law enforcement” may seem relatively innocuous. But it explains why unnecessary arrests and mass incarceration have become endemic to our justice system, write two R Street researchers.