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Criminal Justice Daily Articles

Criminal Justice Daily Articles

September 7

The black lives that don’t make the headlines still matter

It’s time for a de-escalation of political violence

September 6

What We Got Wrong in the War on Drugs

September 5

Defund and Replace the Police: A Model Act for a Behavioral Health Crisis Response

September 4

Marxism and the emerging alliance 

September 3

Convergence theory and the permanence of racism 

September 1

Cornel West: Is America ‘even capable of treating the masses of Black people with decency and dignity’?

August 20

Don’t Blame Protests for COVID—Defund Police for Communities’ Health

April 19

New ACLU report finds that police shootings have not decreased despite pandemic

Over 50 current, former law enforcement professionals sign letter urging Congress to decriminalize marijuana

August 16

Calls to defund the police are dangerous 

August 15

We should still defund the police 

Defunding the police called avenue for eliminating disparities 

Mayors push back against defund the police, urge increased social spending 

August 14

Amid caronavirus, some lawmakers spot chance to eliminate the death penalty

Legalizing pot is a catastrophic mistake 

Legalization is the only way to improve the criminal justice system

August 9

Defunding the police is a media fantasy 

The federal government is on a stomach turning execution spree 

August 7

Incremental Change is a Moral Failure

Jamison v. McClendon (recent qualified immunity decision)

How cities with violent crime can tackle it without the police

Security officers at schools enable systemic racism 

We must challenge militarism in efforts to defund the police

August 6

Systemic and institutional racism explained 

When it comes to the death penalty, do black lives matter? 

Defund the police requires understanding the role police play in our society

August 5

The Supreme Court invented Qualified Immunity. A judge’s blistering opinion shows it must go. 

As the caronavirus rages in prisons, ethical issues of crime and punishment become compelling 

No, crime isn’t going down 

August 4

Be wary of defunding the police without building bridges 

August 3

Defunding the police would benefit policing 

Abolish or defund the police — explained

August 2

A vast racial gap in death penalty cases, new study finds

The new study is, Whom the State Kills 

August 1

How good white people delay racial progress

July 31

We train police to be warriors and send them out to be social workers 

Disaggregating the policing function (April). Policing imposes serious and extensive harm, from shootings and nonlethal uses of force, to stops, searches, arrests, and incarceration. All of this comes with pervasive racial disparities. Scholars and advocates tend to see these harms as collateral to policing, and seek to address them with “harm.regulating” tools such as civil rights suits, prosecution of police officers, elimination of qualified immunity, more Department of Justice investigations, civilian review boards, and the like. Harm-regulation techniques are unlikely to be successful, however, as we see all too well in practice. Harm is not collateral to policing, it is innate to it. We call police crimefighters, we train them in using force and enforcing the law, and we deploy them to do this. So, it should come as no surprise that what we get is force, and law enforcement. And that this approach does little to address the sorts of social problems—from homelessness to substance abuse to mental illness—that police confront every day. This Article take an entirely different approach to the harms of policing, looking to the very core of the policing function itself. It disaggregates what police officers are called upon to do daily into their constituent functions, asking in each instance: are force and law the appropriate responses, and if not, what are? Crimefighting actually is a very small part of what police do every day, and their actual work requires an entirely different range of skills, among them: mediation skills to address conflict, social work skills to get people the long-term solutions they need, interviewing and investigative skills to really solve crimes, and victim assistance. Yet, police are barely trained in any of this, so, it is no surprise harm is the result. This Article suggests a range of solutions designed not to reduce harm collaterally, but to reduce altogether the footprint of force and law. Police need to be trained in radically different ways. We either need to change fundamentally the nature of the policing agency workforce, or move police to the background, bringing in other agencies of government to address the actually problems police face on a day-to-day basis. It proposes a totally novel idea for generalist first responders. And it argues that we must reduce criminalization. In short, to reduce the harms of policing, we need to reimagine public safety from the ground up,

Black homicide epidemic demands prevention 

End the federal death penalty now 

July 30

Biden plan to confront criminal justice system injustice 

July 29

COVID-19 and the case for prison abolition 

July 27

Biden’s housing plan would take on systemic racism 

The debate over systemic racism: Why it divides us and provides hope

July 24

How racism becomes systemic

July 21

Take the next steps toward racial justice

What does it mean to be antiracist?

July 20

Expungement measure seen as way to tackle systemic racism 

The racism you didn’t know you had

July 18

How meaningful is symbolic change?

July 17

Predictive policing alogorithims are racist. They need to be dismantled

US legal system accused of abetting racism 

We cannot have the police viewing the people as the enemy

July 15

The health disparities of systemic racism 

Global democracy supporters must confront systemic racism 

July 14

Why Democrats are wary of big ideas to address systemic racism

July 12

Unlocking the bars on Life: Understanding criminal justice reform 

Police just one part of criminal justice system 

July 11

Police brutality shocks the consciences, but is it an international crime?

Cops have too much protection 

What is the solution to systemic racism?

July 10

Exposing the leftist myths about race, racism, and criminal justice 

July 9

Don’t stop with the police: Check racism in the prosecutor’s office

The original pandemic of the United States is racism 

How systemic racism exists in US housing policies 

July 7

What the police believe 

The undeniable reality of systemic racism in America

July 6

Criminal Justice 


The undeniable reality of systemic racism in America 

July 2

Give Trump credit for the First Step Act — but not for much else on criminal justice issues 

June 30

Is the criminal justice system doing enough to tackle systemic racism? 

June 26

What Defund the Police Really Means 

Five myths about policing

June 25

Smart-on-Crime, not Tough-On-Crime 

Statistics don’t capture the full extent of systemic bias in policing 

Law enforcement struggles with reckoning moment

June 24

4 ideas to replace traditional police officers 

How police unions became so powerful

June 23

Global protests reveal racism is a global problem

Why police often single out transpeople for violence

Fixing the police will not fix the criminal justice system 

June 22

Racial justice requires economic justice 

June 21

Congress must reopen the courts to people whose rights are violated by police. Yet plaintiffs face difficult odds, in large part because the Supreme Court has interpreted the law to include a “qualified immunity” from suit, which effectively shields many police officers. Having made the doctrine over the past four decades, the justices could, in theory, unmake it, as a left-right coalition on the court composed of Justices Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor has urged. However, the court declined a chance to do so last week when it rejected a group of qualified-immunity appeals. If the national movement for police reform is to succeed, Congress must act where the justices have not.

Police need more resources not fewer resources to compel reform

Police reform: If you want it bad, you’ll get it bad

Systemic racism is complicated, but denial is not the answer

June 20

Fighting mutations of the racism virus. There probably aren’t cards in here but it is a good explanation of how racism takes on various forms.

Oppression doesn’t end, it adapts.

Systemic racism is complicated, but denial is not the answer

June 19

Inside the Fight to Defund the NYPD

Systemic racism is complicated but denial is not the answer

Systemic racism leads to mistrust of doctors 

The other pandemic: Systemic racism, xenophobia and hate on a global scale

Police killings can be captured in data. The terror police create cannot.

Apply Broken-Windows Theory to the Police

The overlooked role of guns in the police reform debate

Systemic racism is a public health crisis

Four ways to be an ally in the fight against racism

How American racism shapes foreign policy at home and abroad

June 18

Baltimore tried reforming the police. They fought  every change.

The psychology of racism

The End of Policing still left be convinced we need policing 

Diversity and inclusion are not enough

Systemic racism makes COVID-19 much more deadly for African Americans 

Dissecting racism in health care 

Chicago organizations ban together to take action on racism in health care 

June 17

What research tells us about the psychology of racism American racism is alive and well. In this essay, we amass a large bod o classic an contemporary research across multiple areas of psychology (e.g. cognitive developmental social , as well as the broader social sciences (e.g., sociology, communication studies, public policy) , and humanitie (e.g., critical race studies, history, philosophy), to outline seven factor that contribute to American racism: 1) Categories, which organize people into distinct groups by promoting essentialist and normative reasoning, 2) Factions, which trigger ingroup loyalty and intergroup competition and threat, 3) Segregation, which hardens racist perceptions, preferences, and beliefs through the denial of intergroup contact 4 Hierarchy , which emboldens eople to think, feel, and behave in racist ways, 5) Power, which legislates racism on both micro and macro levels , 6) Media, which legitimizes overrepresented and idealized representations of White Americans while marginalizing and minimizing people of color , and 7) Passivism, such that overlooking or denying the existence of racism obscures this reality, encouraging others to do the same and allowing racism to fester and persist. We argue that these and other factors support American racism , and conclude with suggestions for future research, particulary in the domain of identifying ways to promote anti- racism.

The systemic racism black American experience explained in 9 charts 

If Black Americans were to seek asylum, they could qualify

The fight for transparency in police misconduct

June 16

The Path Forward: How to Defund the NYPD, Invest in Communities & Make New York Safer

June 15

Hundreds of police officers belong to racist Facebook groups 

What is systemic racism? This is what it is and how you can help dismantle it

June 14

Racism and systemic criminal justice inequities in America

This is a moment where we can make the impossible possible

Defund  the police? Other countries have narrowed their roles and boosted other services

Protests focus on overpolicing, but under policing is also an issue

The criminal justice system is not just

From coast to coast, protests against police brutality and racism are going strong

The real Ferguson effect: Police accountability at last

June 13

Black lives and mass protests: Wby we need a new approach

Black Lives Matter could change facial recogn ition forever — if Big Tech doesn’t stand in the way

Letter: Rooting out racism in justice system

Law Professor On Misdemeanor Offenses And Racism In The Criminal System

June 12

The militarized policing they don’t want you to see

Criminalization that should never have been: Cannabis

Instead of “defund” the police, imagine a broader role for them in public health reform

Research underscores how our punitive criminal justice system is a coronavirus risk

If you don’t believe systemic racism is real, explain these statistics

June 11

How the U.S. could reform police in response to protests against brutality and racism

Defunding the police a “bourgeos liberal” solution to a much deeper problem

The statistical paradox of police killings

Will Minneapolis become the Selma of the North?

I abolished and rebuilt the police. The United States can do the same

We must change the financial incentives that have given us more aggressive policing

June 10

There’s overwhelming evidence that the criminal-justice system is racist. Here’s the proof.  This article catalogs all of the studies that show racism in different parts of the criminal justice system.

George Floyd’s killing has opened the wounds of centuries of American racism

June 9

COVID-19 lays barre how racism drives academic disparities between people

June 8

Experts doubt this is a moment of reckoning for policing in the US

June 7

Black activists push for criminal justice overhaul

Police departments have 400 year history of racism

Defund the Policy: Here’s what it really means

June 8

US shoots, kills, and imprisons more people than other countries

June 6

How racist policing took over American cities, as explained by a historian

Why the policing problem isn’t about a few bad apples

June 5

Foreign Policy By Example Crisis at Home Makes the United States Vulnerable Abroad

Cities need better policing — not depolicing and riots

8 can’t wait, explained    This article identifies 8 pragmatic police reforms

June 4

The Supreme Court should fix its mistake

June 2

The myth of systemic police racism

June 1

Defund the Police Now

MPD 150 Report; Abolishing the Minneapolis Police

Covid-19 and catastrophe capitalism

May 31

Time to toss, a few bad apples, excuse

Trump killed Obama’s police reforms, now he’s getting what he asked for

May 30

What caronavirus fatalities look like state by state

May 20

This doctrine has nullified accountability for police. The Supreme Court can rethink it.


Incarceration And Its Disseminations: COVID-19 Pandemic Lessons From Chicago’s Cook County Jail

A large scale analysis of racial disparities in police stops across the U We assessed racial disparities in policing in the United States by compiling and analysing a dataset detailing nearly 100 million traffic stops conducted across the country. We found that black drivers were less likely to be stopped after sunset, when a ‘veil of darkness’ masks one’s race, suggesting bias in stop decisions. Furthermore, by examining the rate at which stopped drivers were searched and the likelihood that searches turned up contraband, we found evidence that the bar for searching black and Hispanic drivers was lower than that for searching white drivers. Finally, we found that legalization of recreational marijuana reduced the number of searches of white, black and Hispanic drivers—but the bar for searching black and Hispanic drivers was still lower than that for white drivers post-legalization. Our results indicate that police stops and search decisions suffer from persistent racial bias and point to the value of policy interventions to mitigate these disparities.

April 24

Tracking the spread of caranovrisus in prisons

April 22

Why US prisons and jails became caronavirus epicenters

April 21

American prison factories are becoming incubators for caronavirus


Rethinking approaches to over incarceration of black young adults in Maryland


Wrongful convictions have stolen at least 20,000 years from innocent defendants

Militarized policing doesn’t reduce crime and disproportionately hits minority communities

NY, CA Bills look to hold police more accountable