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Coping With the ‘Crisis of Violence’

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.

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Law Stretched Sideways: The Politics of Police Misconduct

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.

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A Prison Abolitionist’s Plea: We Need a Better Solution for ‘Egregious Harm’

Marlon Peterson emerged from 10 years in prison with a degree and a conviction that incarceration  is an ultimately futile tool of the U.S. justice system. In an interview for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation’s “At the Crossroads” series, he tells writer Greg Berman that punishment alone cannot address the traumas at the root of violent criminal behavior.

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Analyzing Police Misconduct: The Data Behind Racial Profiling

Many police agencies collect data, but few chiefs actually use the data to inform policing strategies in their communities, says Alejandro Del Carmen, a criminologist who is a veteran police trainer. In a discussion with TCR’s Isidoro Rodriguez about his new book, Del Carmen says the failure to take data seriously has created a climate where excessive force and endemic racism continue to prevail in American policing.


From Gang Member to PhD: Defying the Odds

At the age of 14, Christian L. Bolden was a gang member in San Antonio, Tx. Several decades later, he had crossed apparently insurmountable barriers to become a university professor studying gang sociology. In a conversation with TCR about his new book, he discusses how the hurdles have gotten even higher for young men today who are trying to navigate a system bent on punishing, rather than rehabilitating, them.


‘The Madness of Incarceration’: The Corrosive Effect of U.S. Jails and Prisons

Anyone who has experienced the dehumanizing environment of most U.S. prisons would not be surprised by the high levels of recidivism in our corrections system, says psychiatrist Dr. Christine Montross. In a conversation with TCR about her new book, Dr. Montross argues nothing will change until we treat incarcerated people with “humanity.”