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The ‘Post-Policing Era’ in America: How Will We Cope?

The argument about who is “pro-police” and who isn’t is a feature of this year’s presidential election. That avoids the genuinely serious issues facing the nation—and the need to make choices about the kind of policing we want.

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Tackling Violent Crime: What Works, What Doesn’t?

A “Report Card” on evidence-based strategies for addressing violent crime—especially gun violence—can help move us beyond typical “knee-jerk” attitudes and focus on proven solutions.

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Want the Public to Trust Police? Try Transparency

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.

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Reinventing America’s Police Forces

Camden, NJ police chief Scott Thomson tells his cops that they will not be judged by the number of arrests they make—but by how well they build community trust.

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Doubts Raised About ‘Early Warning Systems’ to Catch Police Misconduct

“Early warning systems” used by many police departments around the country to flag “at-risk” officers who demonstrate a pattern of inappropriate behavior need a serious overhaul, according to a report released this week by the nonprofit organization CNA Analysis & Solutions. The systems are used by over 39 percent of municipal and county law enforcement agencies that serve populations of 50,000 or more, according to the most recent survey conducted in 1999. But there is a continuing concern over whether […]

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Will Police Accountability Change Behavior?

Three months after passing some of the nation's most progressive bills on police accountability and sentencing reform, the state of Connecticut is still mired in debate over how much further to go in reforming its criminal justice system. The challenges emerged graphically yesterday at a panel discussion involving the state's top justice advisor, and representatives of law enforcement and the state legislature. “If people in the community don't trust the police, everything gets worse,” said Michael Lawlor, Connecticut's Under Secretary […]