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Why is Violent Crime Surging in Many Cities?

Why is violent crime surging in many U.S. cities? A rise in homicides and shootings in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore, St. Louis and Milwaukee has raised fears that the nation's overall crime rates, which began dropping 20 years ago, could be on an upward trend. In some cities, spikes in violence came after the August 2014 police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. That led some commentators, criminologists and, notably, the police chief in nearby St. […]

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In Baltimore, Curfew Met with Little Resistance

The streets of Baltimore were relatively calm Tuesday night as thousands of police officers and National Guard troops enforced a new 10 p.m. curfew, one day after riots rocked the city. The weeklong curfew was met with some resistance at first, reports The Baltimore Sun. The paper reports that a “small, defiant group of people” faced off with police in riot gear after the curfew went into effect, a few throwing rocks, bottles and smoke canisters toward police, who shot […]

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How Police Can Reduce Wrongful Convictions

Recent high-profile exonerations have highlighted systemic failures and cognitive biases that may be fixed through a system-wide approach to learning from wrongful convictions, according to a new paper released by the National Institute of Justice. Anthony Batts, commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, Darrel Stephens, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Madeline deLeone, executive director of the Innocence Project, examine several exonerations and discuss in the paper what investigations of errors in other fields, such as medicine, […]