African-American voters want change at the front door—or pretrial stage—of the criminal justice system, according to a new study by the Pretrial Justice Institute. The study found that 78 percent of African-American voters want to reduce the number of arrests for low-level, nonviolent offenses by issuing citations rather than arresting people.
Ex-Superintendent Garry McCarthy is running for mayor against Rahm Emanuel, who fired him in 2015. McCarthy says Emanuel has “created a political environment that is emboldening criminals while hamstringing the police.” Emanuel replied that McCarthy was whistling a different tune five years ago.
A dozen states now have laws allowing seizure of guns from someone who is deemed dangerous, often because of mental health concerns or threats of violence. Gov. Greg Abbott spoke favorably of the idea after a school shooting near Houston. Gun enthusiasts were not happy. Abbott has changed his mind.
Bill Otis, “the arch-nemesis of criminal justice reform,” is one of four people nominated by the Trump administration for vacancies on the nonpartisan U.S. Sentencing Commission. The New Republic says Otis’ nomination could upset the balance of a body tasked with using data, not politics, to set sentencing policies.
The House and Senate have been working for months on legislation to deter the flourishing online sex trade, perhaps by amending a 1990s law that gives websites and other online businesses broad legal immunity for activity of their users.
President Trump and other politicians used the Nov. 18 death of border patrol agent Rogelio Martinez as political fodder. But six weeks later, there are more questions than answers about how Martinez died.
Trump, suffering from low approval ratings, has been eager to seize the moment by engaging with the disastrous damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. But will he manage to master the delicate politics of natural disasters, which proved to be a Waterloo for the George W. Bush presidency during Hurricane Katrina?
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has begun an unprecedented campaign to put the stamp of the State Police on New York City, bewildering some law enforcement officials. They believe the governor is trying to expand his political footprint in the state.
Utah’s Deseret News says a Rip Van Winkle who fell asleep in 1995 might be stunned to see today’s leading GOP officials, whose predecessors never met an extreme sentence they didn’t like, speaking out against interminable prison terms.