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drone

Do Targeted Killings Really Make Us Safer?

Recent studies suggest that the assassinations of terrorist leaders have little effect on reducing terrorist violence—and may even increase the risk.  So why does Washington consider this a viable counterterrorism strategy?

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prison

Can People Change for the Better in Prison?

The answer requires recognizing, first, that the current prison system is not designed to promote positive transformation, says Lila Kazemian, an associate professor at John Jay College and author of a new book examining the conditions that can foster “desistance” from crime in prison.

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police

How Police Can Kill Fewer People: Numbers vs Narratives

A recent scholars’ debate over the impact of police shootings on African-Americans’ mental health misses the more important point, argues TCR’s legal columnist. What systemic flaws drove police actions to begin with?

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hope

How to Succeed After Prison: Ignore the Pessimists

One landlord refused him, but TCR’s columnist finds help in his struggle to overcome the label of “ex-felon” from unexpected places—including from the office of the prosecutor who originally put him behind bars. 

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courtroom

Can We Learn from Prosecutor Misconduct?

At least one federal judge has argued that violations of the Brady v. Maryland rule requiring prosecutors to disclose evidence favorable to the defense are “epidemic.”  But we should be thinking about how to prevent such miscarriages of justice, rather than just punishing them, writes TCR’s legal columnist.

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prison wire

When It Comes to Parole Supervision, Less is More

People who are returning from prison face a gauntlet of challenges. Two experts on incarceration reform ask: Why do we make things more difficult for them by making them subject to technical violations that have little to do with public safety?

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guns

Investigating—and Stopping—the Lone Terrorist

A recent FBI report examining 52 attacks between 1972 and 2015 by individuals acting alone dispels some of the myths about “lone wolf” terrorism in the U.S. But it also offers some important lessons about how to prevent the horrific tragedies they cause, writes a former Air Force intelligence analyst.

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police

Ignore the Headlines: Police Reform is Moving Ahead

Since the tragic 2014 events in Ferguson, there’s been a burst of police reform involving new state laws, new local ordinances, important initiatives by two major state attorneys general, and reforms by progressive police chiefs. But you wouldn’t know it from the stories about shootings and beatings that get play in the media, writes one of the nation’s leading experts in policing.