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forensics

Why We Need a National Forensic Science Agency

American courtrooms are hampered by continued reliance on poorly validated and often “junk” forensic science. A new UK law creating a national regulator to set forensic standards might point the way for change, writes a British detective.

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Adjusting to the Post-Pandemic Courtroom

As the U.S. recovers from the pandemic, courtrooms around the country are beginning to reopen. That’s a major step back to normalcy, but it also means a steep learning curve for all the players—especially for young lawyers whose only experience of a courtroom this year was “virtual.”

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trafficking

The ‘Racialization’ of Sex Trafficking in America

While many Americans view anti-trafficking reform as an altruistic endeavor to combat modern slavery, most interventions aren’t effective, and some are secondarily exploitative―which arguably further stigmatizes and marginalizes already vulnerable victims and survivors, writes a trafficking expert.

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Navy SEALS: Crime, Justice and Accountability

The case of Tony DeDolph, a Navy SEAL who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the death of Green Beret officer Logan Melgar, illustrates the hurdles to reforming the culture of the U.S. military’s Special Operations Forces community.

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Police Violence: When Silence Kills

A recent Pittsburgh Police Department newsletter suggested prayer and community engagement as strategies to “Stop the Violence.” But it failed to mention cops’ own role in perpetrating the violence that has resulted in the death or injury of local residents, writes local poet Joy Katz.

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Can the ‘Wisdom of a Second Look’ Curb America’s Appetite for Harsh Sentences?

The evidence shows that excessive sentences do not deter crime, even as they have produced a correctional system bursting at the seams, declared over 60 elected prosecutors and law enforcement leaders, in a joint statement marking Second Chances Month. They called for mechanisms to provide second chances to the individuals behind bars who pose no danger to the community.

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