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A 'fair and speedy trial' is a pipe dream for many poor Americans

While most Americans believe arrested people go to court soon after their arrest, Constitutional guarantees of a “fair and speedy trial” are infrequently honored in our under-resourced criminal justice system.... Read more»

COVID-19 leading cause of law enforcement deaths in 2021

COVID-19 was the leading cause of law enforcement deaths in 2021, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, with some 301 deaths directly attributable to the pandemic as of December 31, 2021, and a final number that was likely to be higher.... Read more»

Gun violence effects reach far beyond victims

The harm inflicted by American gun violence potentially extends well beyond those who are the immediate victims of a shooting, producing long-lasting harm in individuals as well as on communities where the incidents have taken place.... Read more»

Biden gets low marks for 'missed opportunities' on justice reform

Justice reform advocates say they are “dissatisfied” with the Biden administration’s progress, arguing that even some of the easier pledges the president made on the campaign trail have gone unfulfilled.... Read more»

2021: A year pierced by gunfire on school grounds

While the pandemic effectively stopped school shootings in 2020 because of remote learning, the violence picked right back up in 2021 when students returned to the classroom. ... Read more»

Social media, fentanyl a 'deadly' combination, DEA warns

The DEA confiscated millions of counterfeit fentanyl pills and over 28,000 pounds of methamphetamine as of 2020 - but keeping track of the transportation and distribution has become more complicated, because drug traffickers are using social media to sell the pills.... Read more»

Restrictions on family contacts darken holiday season for inmates

“Needlessly cruel” limitations on contacts between incarcerees and relatives imposed since the outbreak of COVID-19 not only increase the chances of repeat offenses but have a negative impact on the emotional and physical health of family members.... Read more»

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The emerging national tragedy of police suicides

Beginning Jan. 1, the FBI will collect data on suicides by law enforcement officers, with the goal of releasing the first in a series of annual reports next summer. It may finally bring a problem that has deeply affected American policing out of the “shadows,” writes the executive director of the Police Executive Research Program.... Read more»