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Seven Justice Books That May Change Minds in 2018

Before you jump to conclusions about the future of criminal justice reform in 2018, you might want to examine the arguments of some of the nation’s leading scholars. Here are seven books certain to influence this year’s policy debates–and some additional ones suggested by TCR readers.

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The End of Policing? 

The drive to diversify police forces and the renewed interest in community policing are transforming law enforcement across the country. But a provocative new book by a Brooklyn College sociology professor argues that these efforts don’t address the underlying problems. He explains why in a conversation with TCR.

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Does the Constitution Protect Stun Guns?

Massachusetts is one of four states that ban civilians from possessing Tasers and stun guns. A U.S. District judge is expected to rule soon on whether the ban violates the Second Amendment.

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Building Trust in Police: What Really Works?

The authors of a study of police-civilian interactions in two cities in New York State say their findings challenge assumptions in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing that simply treating citizens with fairness and respect is sufficient to restore trust and confidence in law enforcement.

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Will Trump Use Science to Fight Crime?

Leading criminologists told a conference at George Mason University yesterday they believe President Trump will embrace evidence-based practices in his administration’s war on crime. Officials “on the front line have to know what works, and how to pay for it,” said Laurie Robinson, a former Obama justice official.

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A Police Chief Reflects: ‘Handcuffs Are Not the Solution’

In his forthcoming book, former Dallas Chief David Brown ponders the lessons learned over a 33-year career in law enforcement, capped by the July 2016 shooting tragedy that left five Dallas officers dead. In a chat with TCR, he discusses the need to change the “culture of policing” in order to bridge the divide between communities and law enforcement around the country.

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Busted

Before Ferguson, it seemed a puzzle. Since the early 1990s, crime in the United States had fallen sharply. Yet public opinions of the police had not improved. Minorities in particular continued to take a critical view of police trustworthiness and fairness, despite the fact that minority communities benefited most from the crime decline. What, asked the small number of police officers and academics who puzzled over such things, was going on? Post-Ferguson, minority skepticism seems a lot less puzzling. Increased […]

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Police Reform In U.S.: Some Progress, A Long Way To Go

Policing in the U.S. is showing some signs of improvement, thanks to the attention paid to it by the public and by government officials—and despite the well-publicized misdeeds of a few law enforcement officers in the past year. That’s the conclusion of members of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, who addressed a conference at George Mason University in northern Virginia yesterday. “Much of this is about culture change,” said task force co-chair Laurie Robinson. “That doesn’t […]

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[Updated] Why Police (and Communities) Need 'Broken Windows'

The merger of “broken windows” policing with the widespread use of Stop, Question, Frisk (SQF) by the New York Police Department (NYPD) over the last 20 years has produced serious consequences—and for many critics, these tactics have become “dirty words.” Two years ago, in Floyd v. City of New York, a federal court concluded that the combined strategy had violated the constitutional rights of thousands of mostly minority New York City residents; resulting in significant physical, emotional and psychological harm […]