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What ‘Systemic’ Police Reform Really Means

Polls show most Americans now support solutions to the ‘broader problems’ of modern policing. A law enforcement scholar examines what a police department committed to fundamental change would look like.


Digging Our Way Out of the Hole: The Safe Alternative to Solitary

Countless prisoners are held in solitary confinement because they are believed to pose a threat to correctional management. But there are better ways to maintain order than to impose a punishment that causes deep psychological harm, writes a former inmate who spent years enduring the “madness” of administrative segregation.

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Why the Gender Gap in Policing is a Public Safety Crisis

The problem isn’t just the lack of equality. As the nation debates the proper role of policing, there is strong reason to believe that women make for safer and less violent law enforcement officers, writes a criminal justice manager at Arnold Ventures.

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The Perils of ‘Zoom Justice’

As courts go online, thanks to the pandemic, they risk exposing people to a form of “digital punishment” that undermines the values of our justice system, warns the author of a new book. 

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A Simple Step to Change Police Culture: Disarm

Does every police officer need a gun? While there are good reasons for arming officers who need to protect themselves or others from harm, major sectors of American policing can be remade so that unarmed personnel with enforcement powers, but not firearms, would do those jobs, argues a criminologist whose late husband was a former deputy NYPD commissioner.

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How Washington Exports Failed Criminal Justice Policies

Before the Black Lives Matter protests triggered similar manifestations of anger in many nations, the U.S. had already spent decades spreading its tough-on-crime, security-oriented philosophy around the word. That’s a worrying use of taxpayer dollars, writes a human rights advocate.


Sentencing Reform and Common Sense

When two young men escaped from a Washington State courtroom two years ago, in full view of a video camera, one received a six-month sentence and the other got six years. The disparate punishments are one more reason to apply common sense to U.S. sentencing practices, writes a best-selling author.