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John Gotti

The Rise and Fall of the ‘Teflon Don’

The late Mafia boss John Gotti’s crime empire was facilitated by a group of murderous underlings whose eventual exposure led to a shakeup in New York’s organized crime hierarchy—and the Mob’s slow fade from power, journalist Anthony DeStefano, the author of a new book, tells TCR.

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Opioids and Pain: A Professor’s Story

America’s opioid epidemic was a matter of academic interest to bioethicist Travis Rieder until he suffered a serious accident in 2015. That’s when, as he put it, his efforts to overcome a “profound dependence on oxycodone” led him to write a book arguing for a more nuanced approach to pain sufferers and the doctors who work with them.

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police

Is the Warrior Cop a Myth?

The debate about policing today has focused on what many believe is the growing militarization of U.S. law enforcement. But in a conversation with TCR, the author of a new book on policing says that simplifies a much more complex problem.

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Bill Cosby

Cosby Prosecutors: America Saw ‘Who He Actually Is’

The two young Pennsylvania prosecutors who won a conviction of comedian Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges sit down with TCR to reprise the case, and draw lessons about future prosecutions of sex crimes.

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From Gang ‘Shot Caller’ to Pastor: A Life-Altering Journey

Darwin “Casey” Diaz was once one of California’s most violent criminals. Today, the former gang leader counsels at-risk  young people. In a conversation with TCR about his new book, Diaz explains how he changed his life.

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Dannemora escape

Dannemora Escape: In Defense of the Prison Guards

The June, 2015 escape by two inmates from a high-security prison in upstate New York triggered a country-wide manhunt, a national media feeding frenzy, two movies, and a TV mini-series. In a new book, a former guard reveals what everyone missed.

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film

When a Parent Goes to Prison

One in 14 American children are growing up with at least one parent incarcerated. A new documentary by Denali Tiller explores what that means through the eyes of the kids themselves.

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el chapo

Catching a Kingpin: The Hunt for ‘El Chapo’ and the Deadly Lessons of the Opioid Crisis

When drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman was convicted last month, many people scored it as a major victory in America’s drug war. But in a conversation with TCR about his new book, Jack Riley, the DEA agent who helped bring Guzman to justice, said the country still hasn’t learned the real lessons of the struggle with opioid cartels and their enablers.