Nicholas Barnes (Brown): Criminal Politics: An Integrated Approach to the Study of Organized Crime, Politics, and Violence. Joy Radice (Tennessee): The Reintegrative State. Forensic science put Jimmy Genrich in prison for 24 years — what if it wasn’t science? The great crime decline: Adam Gopnik on drawing the right lessons from the fall in urban violence. You can’t kill your way to freedom: Jamil Smith on how apathy about our criminal justice ills enables President Trump’s bloodlust. Surest way to face marijuana charges in New York: Be black or Hispanic. Complexity and criminal justice: The injustices that could be easily stopped and the ones that are more complicated.

William S. Isaac (Michigan State): Hope, Hype, and Fear: The Promise and Potential Pitfalls of the Big Data Era in Criminal Justice. Anna Roberts (Seattle): Arrests as Guilt. Bennett Capers (Brooklyn): Techno-Policing. When bail feels less like freedom, more like extortion: As bail has grown into a $2 billion industry, bond agents have become the payday lenders of the criminal justice world, offering quick relief to desperate customers at high prices. The renegade sheriffs: Ashley Powers on a law-enforcement movement that claims to answer only to the Constitution. The introduction to Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing by Issa Kohler-Hausmann.

Alice Ristroph (Brooklyn): The Thin Blue Line from Crime to Punishment. Alex Lundberg (West Virginia): When Do the Innocent Plead Guilty? Michael Tonry (Minnesota): Punishment and Human Dignity: Sentencing Principles for Twenty-First Century America. The rise of the victims’-rights movement: Jill Lepore on how a conservative agenda and a feminist cause came together to transform criminal justice. The moral failures plaguing the U.S. prison system: Ashley Hackett interviews Bruce Western, author of Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison. Death and the drug war: Facing up to our responsibility and thinking through solutions. Chris Hayes on what “law and order” means to Trump.

Aya Gruber (Colorado): Equal Protection Under the Carceral State. Andrew Manuel Crespo (Harvard): The Hidden Law of Plea Bargaining. From the Congressional Research Service, a report on recent violent crime trends in the United States. The bitter history of law and order in America: It has stifled suffrage, blamed immigrants for chaos, and suppressed civil rights — it’s also how Donald Trump views the entire world. America has stopped being a civilized nation. Why criminal justice reform advocates are struggling in Trump’s America: Emma Coleman on the religious origins of President Trump's war on crime.

Jane Esberg (Stanford) and Jonathan Mummolo (Princeton): Explaining Misperceptions of Crime. Adam M. Gershowitz (William and Mary): The Challenge of Convincing Ethical Prosecutors That Their Profession Has a Brady Problem. James M. Binnall (CSULB): Cops and Convicts: An Exploratory Field Study of Jurymandering. What U.S. marijuana, alcohol policy might look like in a perfect world. The other side of “broken windows”: An excerpt from Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg.


Guido Noto La Diega (Northumbria): Against Algorithmic Decision-Making. Pope Francis asked to resign over sex-abuse scandal. We saw nuns kill children: The ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic orphanage. Ian Parker on Glenn Greenwald, the bane of their resistance. The US and Mexico made a trade deal — but it’s not a new NAFTA. “Nabra Hassanen's death barely scores anything on the propaganda scale. Here is misogyny at its racist best”: Rafia Zakaria on the hidden tragedies in the Mollie Tibbetts killing (and more). Mollie Tibbetts’s death is about violence against women, not immigration, says a family member (and more). The student debt problem is worse than we imagined. Student loan watchdog guits, says Trump administration “turned its back” on borrowers.

Did the Myanmar military plan its ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in advance? “We are on the verge of extinction”. One year and 10,000 Rohingya deaths later, UN accuses Myanmar of “genocide”. Facebook finally takes action in Myanmar, 10 months after genocidal crackdown began.


Richard J. Pierce (GWU): How Should the U.S. Public Law System React to President Trump? Trump wants to fire federal employees at will — a federal judge said he can’t. The tax-cut con goes on: Why Social Security and Medicare are on the ballot. The strategic decision by the Republican majority in Congress to conduct virtually no oversight of the Executive branch is the most important issue at stake in the midterm elections. “Trump is nuts. This time really feels different”: Trump rejects “war council” intervention, goes it alone. Think Trump is doomed? Not so fast. Why it can happen here: We’re very close to becoming another Poland or Hungary.

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