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.
A Pennsylvania DA says authorities should avoid the temptation to apply the maximum charges possible to ensure a conviction. He’s backed up by a reporter who found disparities in overcharging in six of the state’s counties, using a database created by Measures for Justice.
Federal Judge Jed S. Rakoff says the use—and abuse—of plea bargaining gives prosecutors more power than judges to affect justice outcomes. In a forthcoming Northwestern University Law Journal essay, he proposes one way to “temper” their powers.
Prosecutors can play the critical role in reforming the justice system—if they’re willing to go beyond their traditional roles as tough law enforcers. In a TCR Special Report, two former prosecutors explain in separate commentaries how that can happen.
For justice reformers, the news isn’t all depressing. California’s former Attorney General will take her community policing approach to the Senate, and “tough on crime” DAs around the country have lost their races to reform-minded contenders.
This month’s failure of proposed federal legislation to overhaul sentencing suggests that Congress is not the place to look for ways to reduce our prison population. Why not focus on those who put individuals behind bars in the first place?
University of Missouri communication professor Melissa Click was charged with assault for her actions during the university’s campus protests last fall, reports ABC 17 News in Columbia, Mo. Interim Chancellor Hank Foley said Click will keep her job for the time being. A university task force will study the Nov. 9 incident. Foley said, “Dr. Click is frankly aggrieved by this. I doubt she would do anything like this again.” Click was seen in several videos confronting journalists and blocking […]