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The Truth About Catching Killers 

Most murder investigations look nothing like the fast-paced, drama-soaked procedurals seen on streaming TV or podcasts. In a chat with TCR about his new book, former Scotland Yard detective Steve Keogh explains how the job gets done.

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America’s Rocky Road to Justice-Informed Policing

The George Floyd killing forced white Americans to confront awkward truths about racial disparities in the justice system, and the police role in enforcing those disparities. In the latest installment of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation’s “At the Crossroads” series of interviews, criminologist and former prosecutor Kami Chavis argues the entire police “ecosystem” needs reform―starting at the local level.

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Can We Build an ‘Infrastructure’ for Violence Prevention?

The small number of individuals involved in shootings within any given community are connected by a web of social relationships in which violence follows the same predictable pathways as any pathogen, suggests Chicago criminologist Andrew Papachristos. In the latest installment of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation “Crossroads” interviews, he explains how that research finding can inform efforts to reduce gun violence.

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How the Supreme Court Laid the Foundations for ‘Racialized Policing’

In his new book, noted constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky blames a series of Court decisions for the hurdles Americans face in making police accountable for misconduct. In a conversation with TCR, he argues that the ball is now in the hands of our political institutions.

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View from the Trauma Center: Why Gun Violence Persists

The young Black men most victimized by gun violence can tell us how to stop it, but “too often we ignore their voices,” criminologist Joseph Richardson tells Greg Berman in the latest installment of the Harry Frank Guggenheim “At The Crossroads” series.  

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What Happened to Kendrick Johnson?

The mysterious death of a 17-year-old Georgia high school student has sparked multiple investigations, but no answers. Documentary filmmaker Jason Pollock, whose film about the case opens in theaters this month, tells TCR the lack of movement is another example of society’s failure to take the lives of young Black men seriously.

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America’s Justice System Needs a ‘Course Correction’: Jeremy Travis

A “once-in-a-half-century movement” to reform criminal justice is underway, says noted scholar and reformer Jeremy Travis. In a conversation with Greg Berman in the latest installment of the At The Crossroads series of interviews for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, he explains what it will take to make that movement succeed.