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The longtime criminal justice reformer believes the city can improve public safety through smarter spending on social services.

Amidst allegations that government attorneys withheld key information while applying for wiretap permissions from federal judges, federal prosecutors in Denver dropped gang conspiracy charges against six alleged Mara Salvatrucha members.

A federal judge last week abruptly postponed ruling on whether it was proper for prosecutors seeking wiretap permission to conceal their use of top members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang as informants. Meanwhile, the recent shooting of a Guatemalan day laborer by an LAPD officer has reignited a controversy over police reform that is at the root of the current courtroom drama.

Expanding the public safety exception to Miranda may not make much difference on the ground. But Holder's push suggests the Obama administration has bought Bush's framing on terrorism.

"Bio-prospecting" is unreflective--and unregulated.

No racial profiling took place with Henry Louis Gates Jr.; it's not the "teachable moment" for which many are so understandably eager.

Protesters decry acquittal of three New York City police officers on trial for firing 50 bullets at an unarmed man.

Beyond the sensationalism and the sound bites, the Duke rape case reveals the perils of unchecked prosecutorial power.

Surveillance 101: Big Brother goes to college.

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Civility that comes at the expense of further marginalizing the subjugated is not only worthless, but also criminally dishonest.

November 4, 2013

Preventing New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly from speaking on campus exacerbated the problem it aimed to solve.

November 4, 2013

Learning at Brown is a process in which disagreement plays an integral part. 

November 4, 2013

Under civil asset forfeiture laws, police can seize and sell your property and keep the profits, even if you haven't been charged with a crime. 

October 29, 2013

Even blatantly racist cops are still only operatives in a larger racist system.

October 18, 2013

You can do everything “right” in America, but if you’re black, racism will always pose a threat to your life.

September 16, 2013

The two bills of the act will create an inspector general position to monitor the NYPD and expand categories of New Yorkers protected against profiling.

August 22, 2013

The signature policy of the NYPD has been declared unconstitutional, but the racism that provided the justification for it is still alive and well. 

August 13, 2013

A federal judge's ruling calls the NYPD's controversial practice unconstitutional and racially discriminatory.

August 13, 2013

South Florida law enforcement have prepared for this verdict for months.

July 12, 2013