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Tough on Crime

Donald Trump Wants To Remind White People That Gun Violence Is A Black Problem

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nailing down specifics about Donald Trump’s policies is exhausting. He makes things up, changes his mind and neglects details. One of ...

Why Prosecutors Across The Country Are Finally Losing Elections

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics

District attorney seats have been among the safest in local elections. Recent incumbent prosecutors' election losses suggest a tough-on-crime approa...

To All the Governors Out There, Follow the President's Lead on Clemency

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 07.16.2016 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

To all the governors out there, follow the president's lead. Start robustly using your executive clemency powers to reduce your state's prison population. Release those non-violent offenders who don't need to be serving their entire natural lives in prison.

U.S. Police Officers Kill Primarily Because They Are Attacked, Not To Disrupt Crime

Alev Dudek | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Alev Dudek

Police officers in the U.S.A. are not better or worse than in Germany or Great Britain. What determines the conduct of an average police officer is the political and organizational climate in which they operate.

Locking Up Fewer People Doesn't Lead To Increased Crime, Report Says

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics

The states making strides with sentencing reforms haven't just seen their prison populations drop at a faster rate than the rest of the country, they ...

The 50-Billion-Dollar Question

Jim Liske | Posted 06.18.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

For decades, "tough on crime" policies contributed to the explosive growth of the prison population -- and the amount of money we spend on locking people up.

Capitol Punishment: The Troubling Consequences of Federal Child Pornography Laws

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Andrew Extein, MSW

The decision to empathize with a person who has caused harm is a deeply personal one. We are asking you, however, to think about what happened to Ryan Loskarn, think about the laws, and think about the way society and the media contributes to hatred and hysteria.

Drug Cop Goes Undercover in High School and Arrests Autistic Student

Anthony Papa | Posted 07.24.2013 | Crime
Anthony Papa

The war on drugs has created convenient vehicles for looking tough on crime while hiding being the shield of public safety. But that shield gets worn down when our basic rights are curtailed through its use.

Getting Tough on Devastating Corporate Crime

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.22.2013 | Business
Ralph Nader

Ironically, it's many of the same politicians who say they are "tough on crime" that are collecting millions of dollars in campaign money from the biggest crooks in America.

'Tough on Crime' No Longer the American Mantra?

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 07.02.2012 | Crime
Inimai Chettiar

Politicians have held strong to the conventional wisdom that being "tough on crime" will win elections and appease the public's appetite for safety. But the pendulum of public opinion is starting to swing in the other direction.