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NYPD Commissioner Plans To Step Down Next Year

The Huffington Post | Liz Adetiba | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Monday that he will leave his post by the end of 2017. “When I find the right time, that’...

Policing and Democracy Breakdown

Hector Villagra | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Hector Villagra

It's not enough to support or favor police reform; we must demand it. We need to let politicians know - through letters, phone calls, email and faxes as well as visits to and pickets of their offices and ultimately at the polls - that there is a price to pay for failing to enact police reform, and we must be willing to make them pay it.

Standing Together Against Injustice

Steven Choi | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Steven Choi

This year, as our communities get out the vote in the 2016 presidential elections, we keep in mind all these injustices that continue to plague black and immigrant communities.

Does 'Black Lives Matter' still matter?

The Conversation US | Posted 07.21.2016 | Black Voices
The Conversation US

Christopher Sebastian Parker, University of Washington Before the shooting in Dallas that took the lives of five police officers and the one in Baton...

Guns Really Cause Police Shootings

Nigel Barber | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Nigel Barber

The pattern is clear enough. Handguns are very dangerous for the police and the public alike but what to do with this evidence is a lot trickier.

Usually I Wait

Melba Pearson | Posted 07.11.2016 | Black Voices
Melba Pearson

If you are angry at police use of force, the answer is not to shoot innocent people as was done in Dallas. It shifts the conversation from policing as a whole, to allowing officers to justify excessive use of force on people of color because "look what happened in Dallas, we are under attack."

Policing Takes A Toll On Officers, Too

The Conversation US | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

There are many facets of police work of which the general population is not aware. It is hard for non-officers to understand what officers experience on a daily basis and what the outcomes of these experiences might be.

Just How Deep Is America’s Racial Divide?

The Huffington Post | John Rieger | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics

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Kindergarten Cops, or Over-Policing's Devastating Impact on Social Mobility

Willa Seldon | Posted 06.02.2016 | Impact
Willa Seldon

By Willa Seldon and Debby Bielak In 2010, I [co-author Willa Seldon] was sitting in my former office at the Glide Foundation when one of our front-li...

Power Loves the Dark

Matthew Harwood | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Matthew Harwood

With little public debate, often in almost total secrecy, increasing numbers of police departments are wielding technology to empower themselves rather than the communities they protect and serve at a time when trust in law enforcement is dangerously low.

Except at CicLAvia, L.A.'s Streets Are No Work of Art

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.17.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

It is only Tuesday but it is shaping up to be another great week in L.A. The transformational L.A. happening, CicLAvia Southeast Cities is on the book...

Homelessness and Neoliberalism in LA: A Crisis of Values

Jonathan Russell | Posted 04.26.2016 | Religion
Jonathan Russell

In order to avoid simply remaking our "neoliberal bed," we will need to remake our values as we replenish the housing stock. If people of faith are willing to risk and speak out as prophets -- prophets with social service know-how -- they might be able to contribute to the construction of a more livable world, a world not as hard as the otherwise austere neoliberal bed.

How the City of Albany is Advancing Smart Criminal Justice Reform

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 04.01.2016 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

Yesterday marked the launch of Albany's innovative Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, making New York's capital city the first jurisdiction on the East Coast, and only the third in the nation, to launch LEAD. Albany's reform approach highlights the growing role cities are playing in the growing national movement to end mass incarceration and the failed war on drugs.

The Right Approach to Terrorism

William Astore | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics
William Astore

Military strikes and raids generate collateral damage and blowback, arguably creating more enemies than they kill.  We're helping to sustain a perpetual killing machine, a feedback loop. 

Why Police Warned Their Community About A Rap Battle Challenge

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 03.16.2016 | Crime

When a Massachusetts police department posted a “community notice” about a suspicious rap battle, Facebook users and the media pretty much immedia...

Implicit Bias Training for Police May Help, but It's Not Enough

Destiny Peery | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Destiny Peery

If we're not confronting the ways that police culture or the criminal justice system or media representations are biased against certain groups, awareness of implicit biases will do little to prevent racial bias in policing or society more broadly.

Black Lives and Blue Uniforms on Campus

Dante Barry | Posted 02.25.2016 | Black Voices
Dante Barry

The relationship between black lives and blue uniforms is one that demands our attention if we are going to make progress toward a tomorrow where liberation is achieved. Under the radar of what many are talking about now, is the relationship that law enforcement on college and university campuses have with the surrounding community.

My Theory on Violence

Tio Hardiman | Posted 02.22.2016 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

You cannot police self-hatred. It stems from poverty and a lack of opportunity. It's easy to blame the violence on gangs, but you will find that the majority of violence is interpersonal if you dig a little deeper.

Chicago Police Shooting Data May Reveal New Ways to Reduce Deaths and Racial Disparity

The Conversation US | Posted 02.17.2016 | Black Voices
The Conversation US

Better discipline and training are part of the solution, but they are unlikely to make dramatic difference by themselves. To create meaningful change, we must look beyond officer shooters in high-profile cases like that of McDonald and Michael Brown.

Camera-Ready? Open Questions on Police Body Cams

Getzy Berger | Posted 02.01.2016 | Crime
Getzy Berger

Body cameras are not a panacea that will fix all our policing woes, but they can help. Still, sound rules to govern their use are absolutely necessary.

Criminal Justice Reform in 2015: Year End Review

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 12.28.2015 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Criminal justice reform continued to build momentum this year within the inner sanctum of the Beltway and across the nation in a handful of states. It emerged as a significant issue in the presidential campaign, and looks likely to stay front and center into 2016.

The New American Normal in Policing

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.20.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In these years, the militarization of the police has taken place amid a striking upsurge of protest over police brutality, abuses, and in particular the endless killing of young black men, as well as a parallel growth in both the powers of and the protections afforded to police officers.

The Logic of the Police State

Matthew Harwood | Posted 12.20.2015 | Politics
Matthew Harwood

What this "debate" has revealed, in fact, is a mainstream policing mindset ready to manufacture fear without evidence and promote the belief that American civil rights and liberties are actually an impediment to public safety.

Police Chief Shocks City: 'N*****s Gotta Learn How To Read'

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 11.30.2015 | Black Voices

A new police chief in the city of Farrell, Pennsylvania has come under fire for sending an offensive email that included racial slurs. The newly appoi...

Can This Unconventional Crime Prevention System Work?

Ryan Duffy | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Ryan Duffy

We first heard of Sidney Torres and the French Quarter Task Force when he started to get some press early this summer. We were drawn to it for the same reasons a lot of people were probably writing about it: it sounded completely insane. A rich trash mogul in New Orleans is playing Bruce Wayne, running a private crime-fighting detail in the streets of the French Quarter? Really??