U.S. Attorneys’ Firing Could Affect Enforcement Priorities

in Baton Rouge, local law enforcement officials pleaded with Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to leave in place Walt Green, the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, citing his efforts fighting violent crime. Green was fired anyway. Sessions allowed two U.S. Attorneys to stay in office for a few more months to be eligible for retirement benefits.

Crime, Justice, the Media (and Donald Trump)

Urban violence, police shootings, the opioid epidemic, and a tense political campaign dominated criminal justice coverage during 2016. How did the coverage measure up? And what was overlooked? As journalists gathered in NYC for this year’s John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America, TCR published our annual press review.

Let’s Listen to Cops—If We Want Real Policing Reform

There’s a troubling gap between what senior police managers and outside reformers want law enforcement to become, and what most ordinary cops see as threatening to their livelihoods and safety. Here are some ways to bridge the gap—and restore trust and transparency.

Cops, Trump and the Threat to Police Reform

Fundamental change in American policing can’t co-exist with the mindset that the President-elect and allies like Jeff Sessions, the attorney general-designate, are bringing to the justice portfolio, Unless local agencies take the lead, that could spell more trouble in the streets.

Will Civil Rights Protections Survive the Trump Era?

Representatives of NAACP and MALDEF tell a New Orleans conference they’ll fight any efforts by the next administration to turn back the clock on civil rights and justice reform —but they also hope they won’t have to.