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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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Sessions

Sessions’ Tough-On-Crime Tactics Bound To Fail

Sessions’ memo on dealing with violent offenders seems to be a part of the new administration’s tough-on-crime approach, but longer sentencing for violent offenders under federal law has already been tried and failed, says Jeffrey Fagan, professor of law at Columbia University and senior research scholar at Yale Law School.

March 12, 2017
Executive Orders, Trump, Immigrant

Criminologists Rip Misleading Trump Immigrant Crime Office

Crime reporters and criminologists say President Donald Trump’s new federal office devoted to crimes committed by immigrants is unnecessary and that creating such an entity is misleading since foreign-born residents actually commit fewer crimes than most native citizens.

March 3, 2017
A reporter talks to police dressed in tactical gear as they block a downtown street during a march by various groups, including "Black Lives Matter" and "Shut Down Trump and the RNC". REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The Trump Administration Is Giving Cops Unprecedented Power

Two weeks after signing two orders on immigration, President Trump signed three orders on crime and law enforcement, including one that targeted transnational drug cartels. Although immigration and drug enforcement have their own federal agencies, many cops seemed eager to jump into the fray, setting the stage to begin a roll back of the modest gains made in holding police accountable.

February 17, 2017

Gunman Injures Several In Houston; Suspect Shot By Police

At least six people were injured by a shooter who fired at vehicles inHouston on Monday before police officers shot the suspect and took him into custody, authorities in the Texas city said.

September 26, 2016

Tyree King: Police Shoot 13-Year-Old Who Had BB Gun

Columbus, Ohio, police fatally shot a 13-year-old boy after he pulled out a weapon they later learned was a BB gun as officers tried to apprehend him after reports of an armed robbery, police said on Thursday.

September 15, 2016
DNA KIT

DNA Dragnet: In Some Cities, Police Go From Stop-And-Frisk To Stop-And-Spit

Over the last decade, collecting DNA from people who are not charged with — or even suspected of — any particular crime has become an increasingly routine practice for police in smaller cities not only in Florida, but in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and North Carolina as well.

September 13, 2016
orlando gunman

Mosque of Orlando Gunman Set On Fire In Arson Attack

The Florida mosque where Omar Mateen, who committed the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, prayed was damaged on Monday in an arson attack, investigators said.

September 12, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump supporters carry a banner at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Republicans And Democrats Reside In Different Galaxies

It’s often noted that liberals and conservatives tend to see the world differently. But if the Republican National Convention is any indication, liberals and conservatives inhabit not just different worlds but different galaxies—far, far away from each other.

July 22, 2016

Videos Of Police Shootings Don’t Always Tell The Full Story, Experts Warn

“Knowing what happens on video after it happens is totally different than knowing what the cop was thinking and what he will say he was thinking,” says one criminal justice expert.

November 25, 2015

Three Important Fact Checks On The Democratic Debate

Unlike the Republican debates, with their share of liars, clowns, and blowhards, the Democratic debate delivered less inherent outrageousness, but that does not mean there is any less fodder for fact checking the candidates’ statements.

October 14, 2015
Tiny debris can be massive piece to solving fatal hit-and-run crash cases

Tiny Debris Can Be Massive Piece To Solving Fatal Hit-And-Run Crash Cases

What may seem like debris strewn across the highway is investigative gold to traffic-homicide detectives trying to find the car and its driver.

September 9, 2015

State Of Emergency Ends In Ferguson, Missouri, As Violence Recedes

Ferguson saw a fresh wave of demonstrations beginning last weekend, marking the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown.

August 14, 2015

Bill Cosby Ordered To Give Deposition In Los Angeles Sex Abuse Lawsuit

More than 45 women have accused comedian Bill Cosby, 77, of sexual misconduct dating back to the late 1960s.

August 6, 2015

‘Temporary’ Not Guilty Plea Entered For Charleston Suspect

Dylann Roof was arraigned on 33 federal hate crime and firearms charges, plus state murder and attempted murder counts.

July 31, 2015
Guns, Second Amendment Rights, Laws, Shootings, Online Shopping, Weapons Ban

How Many Must Die In Mass Shootings For Lawmakers To Act?

Why was someone who had been “involuntarily committed” and reportedly had a history of domestic violence able to get a handgun?

July 24, 2015

Gunman Kills 2, Wounds 7 In Louisiana Theater Before Killing Himself: Police

The Louisiana shootings took place almost three years to the day after 12 people were killed at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado.

July 24, 2015
Martin O'Malley

7 Things You Should Know About Martin O’Malley

A guitar-playing, devout Irish Catholic who is in favor of abortion and gay marriage, abolishing the death penalty, and passed the DREAM Act. Meet Martin O’Malley.

May 29, 2015
Prison system

For Some Parents, Search For Better Schools Could Lead to Jail

Education theft, otherwise known as enrollment fraud, is growing in the United States as parents try to get their children into better school districts.

May 18, 2015

Promising New Partnership Seeks To Reduce Incarceration

The United States locks up a larger proportion of its citizens than any other nation in the world. Mass incarceration has exacted a terrible cost — on state budgets, on black neighborhoods, on economic and social justice.

May 16, 2015
Robert Durst, a wealthy New York real estate heir, has been arrested and charged with the murder of his friend Susan Berman. The crime was allegedly commited by Durst inside this Beverly Hills home in 2000. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Documentary Role In Durst Case Is Unclear

No one knows how much evidence from ‘The Jinx’ will end up in the courtroom.

March 17, 2015
Police mobilize in the parking lot of the Ferguson Police Station after two police officers were shot while standing guard in front of the Ferguson Police Station on Thursday, March 12, 2015 in Ferguson, Mo. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

Vigil Draws Dozens To Scene Near Where Officers Were Shot In Ferguson

Get the latest on the tense situation in Ferguson.

March 13, 2015
17th Century re-enactment performed by The Sealed Knot at Stockwood Park (cenz via Flickr)

Utah Proposal To Revive Firing Squads Raises Concerns; A Question And Answer

Everything you need to know about Utah’s controversial new proposal.

March 12, 2015
David Petraeus

David Petraeus To Plead Guilty To Giving Classified Material To Mistress

David Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty for sharing classified material with Paula Broadwell.

March 3, 2015

Grand Jury Deadline For Sheldon Silver Tests Case’s Strength

Sheldon Silver’s future will become much clearer on Monday.

February 19, 2015

Pennsylvania Governor Orders Moratorium On Executions

Tom Wolf has blocked the use of capital punishment in the Keystone State.

February 13, 2015