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Topic: Policing

Chicago police officers attend a graduation and promotion ceremony in the Grand Ballroom on Navy Pier on June 15th, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois.

Abusive Behavior May Be Contagious Among Police

New research on the Chicago Police Department finds that working with fellow cops who have been accused of excess force increases the odds that an officer will face similar charges later on.

Immigration advocates with the Florida Immigrant Coalition go house to house handing out fliers on July 13th, 2019, in Little Havana in Miami, Florida.

Why Were Trump's ICE Raids So Ineffective?

After Trump announced his intention to deport "millions," undocumented immigrants and activists began preparing their communities with "Know Your Rights" campaigns.

Chicago police officers attend a graduation and promotion ceremony in June of 2017.

In Study, People in Police Uniforms More Likely to Shoot Unarmed Targets

Putting on a uniform impacts some people's mindset and behavior in problematic ways.

Members of the New York City Police Department attend their police academy graduation ceremony on March 30th, 2017.

Fear of Being Branded Racist Increases Police Support for Excessive Force

New research finds the stereotype of a racist cop decreases officers' sense of moral authority, which may make them more likely to resort to coercive tactics.

Gwen Carr, mother of the late Eric Garner, speaks to the press outside the U.S. attorney's office following a meeting with federal prosecutors on July 16th, 2019, in Brooklyn. The U.S. Department of Justice announced it will not bring federal charges against NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner.

The NYPD Officer Accused of Choking Eric Garner Will Not Be Charged With Civil Rights Violations

The decision came one day before the fifth anniversary of Garner's death and the deadline for the federal government to file charges against the officer.

A makeshift memorial is made on February 11th, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, after a vigil at the University of North Carolina following the murders of three Muslim students. Craig Stephen Hicks, who perpetrated the killings, was sentenced on three counts of first degree murder in June of 2019.

Islamophobia Pervades U.S. Police Officers' Facebook Accounts

New investigations reveal the extremist positions of many law enforcement officials.

A bunk bed and desks inside a cell are seen at the Caroline Detention Facility in Bowling Green, Virginia, on August 13th, 2018. A former regional jail, the facility has been contracted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house undocumented adult immigrant detainees for violations of immigration laws.

Why Are Homicide Rates Spiking in California's County Jails?

Since 2011 inmate-on-inmate homicides have risen 46 percent in county jails statewide compared with the seven years before.


A Chicago Jail Might Be the Largest Mental Health Care Provider in the U.S.

After Illinois cut funding for mental-health services, Cook County Jail now handles a large portion of the state's patients. A new book tells their story.

In this aerial view, combines harvest summer wheat at a cooperative farm on August 14th, 2015, near Grossderschau, Germany.

How Anti-Immigration Policies Are Leading Prisons to Lease Convicts as Field Laborers

Under lucrative arrangements, states are increasingly leasing prisoners to harvest food for American consumers at a rate not seen since Jim Crow.

Guns and Cameras

Filming Police Interactions Hasn't Increased Accountability

As officer interactions with black and Hispanic Americans are increasingly captured on film, courts still aren't ruling against police.

Police monitor security cameras at the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative on April 23rd, 2013, in New York City.

New Tech Is Fundamentally Changing the Power Balance Between Police and the Public

The NYC subway saboteur gazed into the surveillance state. What looked back?

Keys and chains hang from the belt of a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officer at San Quentin State Prison.

A Brief History of California's Epic Journey Toward Prison Reform

Since 2006 the state has struggled to deal with a cascading series of problems with its prisons and is now undergoing its biggest transformation since 1851.

The DeKalb County Jail.

Instagram Images Exposed Ongoing Problems at One Georgia Jail

Inmates held in the DeKalb County Jail have been railing against conditions there. A social media post has brought attention to their pleas.

Campaign manager for the Denver Psilocybin Initiative Kevin Matthews wears a mushroom necklace at an election watch party for a bill to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms.

The Sad Tale of Frank Olson, the U.S. Government's Hallucinogen Fall Man

Denver residents voted to decriminalize magic mushrooms, in the process ending a 65-year smear campaign against an unwitting MKUltra study subject.


Who's Legally Responsible for Prison and Jail Suicides?

Lawsuits used to be a path to prison reform, but they're now an uphill battle for prisoners and their families.

A 3-D facial-recognition program is demonstrated during the Biometrics 2004 exhibition and conference.

San Francisco Is Voting Today to Ban the City's Use of Facial Recognition Technology

The vote comes amid concerns that the technology violates civil liberties and is subject to racial biases.

The California Institution for Men prison fence in Chino, California.

Will Artificial Intelligence Help Improve Prisons?

China and Hong Kong have started using tech to create "smart" prisons. Should the U.S. consider following their lead?

A police officer wears a body camera during an anti-Donald Trump protest in Cleveland

Millennials Are More Likely to Face Arrest Than Gen X'ers

New research suggests that "broken windows" policing has resulted in more young people getting arrested for trivial offenses—especially young people of color.

Voting booths are set up at the Yuengling center on the campus of University of South Florida as workers prepare to open the doors to early voters on October 22nd, 2018, in Tampa, Florida.

What's the Future of Voting Rights for Former Felons in Florida?

In November, voters passed an amendment restoring the right to vote for those convicted of a felony, but new legislation could diminish its potential impact.

Jamal Knox, a.k.a. Mayhem Mal, was convicted of terroristic threats and witness intimidation over lyrics he rapped in a hip-hop song. In April, the Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal.

The State v. Hip-Hop

Jamal Knox was sent to prison for his lyrics. The courts have a history of criminalizing rap music.


What Should Replace Cash Bail?

A California bill replaces cash bail with risk-assessment algorithms, which critics argue will perpetuate the pre-trial detention of minority and low-income defendants.

A police officer wears a body camera during an anti-Donald Trump protest in Cleveland

'Proactive Policing' Could Be Creating Criminals

New research finds that minority youth who are confronted by officers are more likely to subsequently engage in delinquent behavior than those who don't face such encounters.

A saliva collection kit for DNA testing.

The Questionable Ethics of Expanding Forensic DNA Testing

The use of genetic information collected by private companies in criminal investigations raises a number of issues about transparency and privacy.

Community activist Will Calloway speaks to the press on January 18th, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois, following the sentencing hearing for former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke for the 2014 murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Alex Kotlowitz Sees Hope in Chicago 'Despite the Bloodshed'

The author discusses his new book, the tragic violence in Chicago, and his love for the city's "messy vitalities."