As we emerge from the pandemic to face a surge in violent crime, evidence-based gun violence prevention programs take on a new urgency, criminologist Caterina Roman tells Greg Berman in the latest installment of the interview series sponsored by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.
Few figures have been as transformative in U.S. policing as Bill Bratton. In a wide-ranging conversation with TCR about his new book, the former chief of the Los Angeles and New York police departments offers some hard-won insights from his own career at a time when the very fundamentals of policing are being called into question―and when U.S. cities are facing a post-pandemic rise in violent crime.
On the 25th anniversary of the arrest of Ted Kazcynski, who eluded justice during a nearly two-decade string of bombings that terrified the nation, the three FBI agents who led the investigation have written a book with new details of the case. In a conversation with TCR, Donald Noel, one of the agents, draws some lessons for the pursuit of today’s high-tech criminals.
With only 4 percent Black officers and 6 percent Hispanic out of more than 4,700 troopers, the New York State Police continue to fail to diversify and the department remains overwhelmingly white, an imbalance some troopers say is rooted in a legacy of racism.
Support for capital punishment has declined in the U.S. to its lowest level in 50 years, yet a majority of states retain the practice. In a chat with TCR, Marc Bookman, a former public defender and author of a new book, explores the systemic, political and emotional factors that keep the death penalty alive.
The sharp rise in violent crime in New York City and elsewhere has triggered doubts about how far to go in justice reform. But it doesn’t have to be an “either-or” proposition, says Richard Aborn, president of the city’s Citizen Crime Commission. In the latest installment of the “Crossroads” series of interviews sponsored by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Aborn explains why.
Since testimony in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd began on March 29, the toll from police violence has averaged more than three killings a day. Black and Latino people represented more than half of the dead.
What happens when an ex-cop finds himself caught in a tangled web involving allegations of misconduct and political interference? Former federal prosecutor Caleb Mason explores the angles in a new work of fiction whose resemblance to real-life challenges of the justice system, he tells TCR, is not coincidental.