In The News: Department of Criminal Justice

The Courier
September 22, 2020

A state board wants to create a unified policy for how Ohio police handle mass protests.

Record-Courier
September 12, 2020

Following a summer of protests across the state, The Ohio Collaborative, a statewide panel that works to improve relations between the police and the community, is working on developing a new standard on dealing with such demonstrations nonviolently and allowing demonstrators to perform their First Amendment rights.

WLWT5
September 9, 2020

In response to mass protests across the state this summer following the death of George Floyd, an advisory board is looking into setting a standard for how police departments respond in Ohio.

The Hill
September 4, 2020

At a time of wrenching division, police officers and those returning from prison share unexpected commonalities that can bring us together. On the surface, these two groups would seem dissimilar, but a groundbreaking Las Vegas program that bridges this divide has caught the attention of both the White House and the governor of Nevada. Perhaps more importantly, it has taken a bite out of crime by reducing re-offending while boosting employment.

msn
September 4, 2020

At a time of wrenching division, police officers and those returning from prison share unexpected commonalities that can bring us together. On the surface, these two groups would seem dissimilar, but a groundbreaking Las Vegas program that bridges this divide has caught the attention of both the White House and the governor of Nevada. Perhaps more importantly, it has taken a bite out of crime by reducing re-offending while boosting employment.

Portland Mercury
August 28, 2020

On August 5, street medic Davis Beeman was using his truck to block other vehicles from driving into a crowd of protesters—a practice known as “corking”—when Portland police declared the gathering a riot. As officers used tear gas and munitions to push the crowd of protesters away from Portland Police Bureau’s (PPB) East Precinct, Beeman sprinted back to his truck and tried to drive away.

New York Post
August 4, 2020

Many advocates of “defunding the police” contend that too many police encounters with civilians concern trivial matters. Defunding proponents worry that poor decisions by officers can escalate tensions and lead to unnecessary uses of force. They argue that the police mandate should be more narrowly focused on responding to “serious” crimes, especially violent felonies. All other matters should not be considered police business. This premise has gained a receptive hearing in our political climate. Most people instinctively support the idea of leaving management of serious felonies to the police, who are certainly less likely to get into trouble if their job is simply to arrest violent felons.

Idaho Press
August 1, 2020

The Boise Police Department currently doesn’t have a set policy governing how it responds to civil disturbances and protests.

City Journal
July 30, 2020

Many advocates of “defunding the police” contend that too many police encounters with civilians concern trivial matters. Defunding proponents worry that poor decisions by officers can escalate tensions and lead to unnecessary uses of force. They argue that the police mandate should be more narrowly focused on responding to “serious” crimes, especially violent felonies. All other matters should not be considered police business. This premise has gained a receptive hearing in our political climate. Most people instinctively support the idea of leaving management of serious felonies to the police, who are certainly less likely to get into trouble if their job is simply to arrest violent felons.

The Courier-Journal
July 24, 2020

Louisville's newly formed Place-Based Investigations unit was thrust into the spotlight this month after a lawsuit filed in the Breonna Taylor shooting labeled it a "rogue police unit" formed to target people and homes on Elliott Avenue.

Juvenile Justice
July 23, 2020

I have been researching and teaching about crime and justice for more than 40 years. My work has focused on the importance of race and social class in understanding the issues that people face in these systems. Within this broad area of concern is the relationship between the police and communities of color, especially Black communities. The use and abuse of force has been a constant throughout the history of this relationship. This was on full display when a video was released of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

Las Vegas Review Journal
July 22, 2020

The Metropolitan Police Department’s new 911 texting service will benefit domestic abuse victims, who often can’t risk making voice calls, advocates say.