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Tara Lai Quinlan
Tara Lai Quinlan is a lawyer and criminologist researching issues of policing, criminal law, and national security. Ms. Quinlan has been affiliated with the Partnering for Prevention and Community Safety Initiative at Northeastern University School of Law since 2001.

Entries by Tara Lai Quinlan

To Fight Terrorism, Treat Muslim-Americans With Respect

(6) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 4:30 PM

In the wake of the horrific November 13th terror attacks in Paris by individuals claiming ISIS affiliations, a number of Republican candidates for President have argued that protecting against similar attacks in the United States requires treating all Muslims as potential terrorists.

Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, for example,...

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Shifting American Police From Warriors to Guardians

(2) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 9:23 AM

Last week President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing issued its final report containing key recommendations on the future of policing in America. While we applaud the Task Force's conclusion that US policing culture must shift from a warrior model and toward a guardianship approach, we believe...

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A Blueprint for Local Police Reform to Improve Legitimacy

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 7:20 PM

The tragic deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, and now the two senseless deaths of NYPD officers Liu Wenjin and Raphael Ramos, have prompted nationwide discussions about violence and police legitimacy. Anger is abundant, but what can constructively be done to make things better? As lawyers, we...

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Relying on Untested Execution Drugs Raises Important Health, Safety and Human Rights Concerns

(3) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 9:01 AM

The shortage of traditional execution drugs available in American death penalty states has sparked serious health, safety and human rights concerns with the adoption of new lethal injection protocols relying on unregulated and untested execution drugs.

Most United States executions are lethal injections, which traditionally involve administration of a combination...

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The Urgent Need to Reform Police Collection of Eyewitness Evidence

(1) Comments | Posted October 26, 2013 | 11:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Our criminal justice system relies heavily on eyewitnesses, who provide police with suspect descriptions, identify suspects in lineups and photo arrays, and testify at criminal trials....

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The Boston Tragedy Reveals the Need for Community-Based Counterterrorism Strategies

(22) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 1:28 PM

As part of the Boston community, we share the sadness of last week's Boston Marathon bombings. Thanks to excellent police work and public cooperation, Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev were identified as the perpetrators and are reportedly unaffiliated with any larger terrorist network. But going forward, how can law...

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Posthumous Profiling? Puzzling Pieces Abound in the Trayvon Martin Case

(19) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 11:21 AM

There seems to be no end to the proliferation of puzzling information in the wake of the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin. While the evidence suggests that George Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon Martin before killing him, many now wonder whether the Sanford Police posthumously profiled Trayvon as well by failing...

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Partnerships, Not Islamophobia, Must Dictate US Counterterrorism Policy

(31) Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 3:25 PM

Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) did his best to demonstrate that McCarthyism is not dead by making Islamophobia the new version of 1950's Communism. Further, his assertions that American Muslims have not helped law enforcement are just plain wrong.

University of North Carolina Prof. Charles Kurzman's new

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Muslim-Police Community Partnerships Will Thwart Homegrown Terrorism

(12) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 1:02 PM

In April 2008, Isa Ibrahim spoke with members of his mosque in Bristol, England, about his plans to die in a suicide bombing. He showed mosque members injuries on his hands, including marks from shards of glass, which he said were caused when a bottle blew up while he...

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