Defendants Judge the Courts: More Courtesy, Please

When defendants in New York City were asked in a recent survey to evaluate how they were treated in court, some officials called it “coddling.” But the results suggest that court officers could take a few lessons in fostering respect for the law.


Whistleblowers, Corporate Fraud, and Congress

The evisceration of the Dodd-Frank Act could make things tougher for employees who report financial misconduct in their firms. The Act’s “whistleblowing” provisions weren’t perfect, but they led in the right direction, writes a financial crimes specialist.

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Pot Wars: Will Fear Trump Voters’ Decisions?

This week, Congress must decide whether to extend the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, which bars the feds from enforcing anti-pot laws in states that have approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Extensions have been pro-forma since 2014, but Washington’s new hardline drug policies could be a game-changer.

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Double Jeopardy, Sanctuary Cities, and the Kate Steinle Case

The feds want to prosecute José Garcia Zarate after he was already acquitted in a California court on a murder charge in the Steinle shooting, to underline their hardline immigration policies. But the Court, which is considering another case involving Fifth Amendment protections against double jeopardy, may have the ultimate say.


Cops and Kids: Setting Rules That Save Lives

Would anyone bring a 10-year old suffering from the flu to a doctor who had not been required to pass state-level medical boards? Two youth advocates wonder why there aren’t similar state agencies setting standards for police behavior with young people.

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Opioids: Chasing the Wrong ‘Epidemic’

Chronic pain patients—and the doctors who prescribe for them— are being turned into scapegoats for the opioid crisis, writes a patient advocate.


Seven Justice Books That May Change Minds in 2018

Before you jump to conclusions about the future of criminal justice reform in 2018, you might want to examine the arguments of some of the nation’s leading scholars. Here are seven books certain to influence this year’s policy debates–and some additional ones suggested by TCR readers.