A Washington State inmate casts a skeptical eye on efforts to eliminate the racial bias that often fuels police treatment of African Americans. Based on his experience of the charged race relations within prison walls, he argues that fear will continue to drive prejudice, despite activists’ efforts to change institutional behavior.
Milwaukee County’s sheriff made national headlines after announcing he was in line for a senior position at the Department of Homeland Security. But his management of the county jail, which led to contempt of court charges in 2006, also deserves national attention.
The election of Donald Trump has prompted the group to shift priorities. “People are channeling their energy into organizing locally, recognizing that in Trump’s America, our communities are under direct attack,” said one leader.
Rally opposes draft of a new Chicago Police Department use-of-force policy released yesterday that would give officers more latitude in deciding when to fire their weapons. The new draft backs off a suggestion that officers not use force unless “all other reasonable alternatives have been exhausted.”
The phrase gained prominence after the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida in 2013, but a scholar suggests the police-involved death of Michael Brown near St. Louis propelled Black Lives Matter into a national movement.
One year after the release of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, it is difficult to overstate the importance of transparency for institutions that have been largely opaque, such as major city law enforcement agencies across the country.
Judging by news reports, Americans were experiencing more fear and insecurity in the closing months of 2015 than at any time since the 9/11 attacks. Last week’s massacre in San Bernardino and the earlier shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs reignited long-festering debates on gun control and domestic terrorism. Nevertheless, in our fifth annual survey of the most significant criminal justice news stories and developments, TCR readers looked beyond those tragedies to focus on the injustices experienced […]
What were the most significant criminal justice stories and trends in the U.S. during 2015? Which person had the most significant impact? As the country heads into the 2016 presidential election campaign, criminal justice has carved out a prominent place in the national agenda for the first time in many election cycles. The news headlines have been dominated by the debate over American policing, and by terrorism at home and abroad. At the same time, lingering issues about prison overcrowding, […]