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opioids

Opioids and the Justice-Involved: A ‘Mishandled’ Crisis

As the nation’s opioid crisis worsens, few incarcerated individuals receive evidence-based treatment for addiction—resulting in continued substance abuse post-incarceration. A smarter use of technology can help treatment facilities and criminal justice institutions work together to provide the help they need, writes a tech developer.

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Violence Against Women: The ‘Shadow Pandemic’

The already-high global levels of violence against women have increased since the pandemic. Efforts in the U.S. and Britain to address it are a positive sign, but there’s still a long way to go, writes a former UK Detective Superintendent.

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police

Is It Time to Bring Back ‘Broken Windows’ Policing?

For big-city transit systems, it’s a no-brainer, argue two transit police veterans. Focusing on the small crimes that contribute to disorder can help to quell the larger crime problems faced by communities as they emerge from COVID-19 lockdowns―and not just on buses and subways.

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gavel

The Uncomfortable Truth About Wrongful Convictions

A New York Times journalist’s account of how she helped free a wrongfully convicted individual shines a spotlight on why so many innocent people still languish in a system that is incapable of discovering and rectifying errors, writes TCR’s legal affairs columnist.

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vaping

Vaping, Police and Race

Even the most well-intended legislative proposals can cause unintended harm. Exhibit A: the vaping bans under consideration in Washington D.C., Maryland and other jurisdictions will make Black and Brown communities targets of overzealous enforcement, write R Street researchers.

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justice

Why Did It Take 47 Years to Prove Anthony Mazza was Innocent?

The 73-year-old Mazza was America’s longest-serving exoneree when he was freed from prison last June, after serving nearly five decades for a murder he didn’t commit. His story underlines how difficult it is for the majority of innocent defendants to find justice, write the co-founder of the National Registry of Exonerations and a researcher. 

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crack

Time to End Crack-Cocaine Disparity Once and For All: Police Group

Applying different penalties for crack and cocaine use is one of many ways in which the criminal justice system has given Black people a reason to avoid trusting police, the head of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership writes, in support of the EQUAL bill now before Congress. The bill will wipe the disparity from the books.

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media

‘Cheap Clicks’: How the Media ‘Stigmatizes’ Suspects

Recent decisions by some media outlets to shield the names of those arrested for misdemeanors raises questions about the media’s longtime reliance on crime news, much of it sensational, writes Jack Shafer, senior media writer for Politico.