policing

California Can Now Ban Police for Misconduct—But Will It Matter?

California can now permanently ban police officers from the profession if they commit serious misconduct. Governor Gavin Newsom (D) approved…

October 5, 2021

What Not to Read Into the FBI’s Latest Murder Data

The FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report is severely limited. Although 85 percent of America’s 15,875 police agencies send their local…

September 29, 2021

Alberta’s Battle Over Harm Reduction Is Heating Up

The consistent hostility of Alberta’s government toward the province’s regulated supervised consumption sites (SCS) has become a fixture in the…

September 16, 2021

A Look Behind the Campaign to Recall Progressive Prosecutors in Virginia

A recall campaign targeting so-called progressive prosecutors in Virginia has made recent headlines. To understand it, it’s worth taking a…

August 11, 2021

Austin Begins Enforcing Homeless Camping Ban; Rest of Texas to Follow

On August 9, the city of Austin began enforcing a public camping ban first approved by voters in May. Police…

August 11, 2021

Abusive “Rehab” and Other Harms of Sri Lanka’s Militarized Drug War

In Sri Lanka, 2 grams of heroin can get you the death penalty. People incarcerated on drug charges are regularly…

August 9, 2021

Two Years After Oakland’s Psychedelic Decrim, What’s Been the Impact?

Over two years ago, in June 2019, the city of Oakland, California became the first in the US to decriminalize…

August 2, 2021

Eric Adams as NYC Mayor: What Could It Mean for Harm Reduction?

Eric Adams—the Brooklyn borough president, former state senator and former NYPD captain—is now the Democratic candidate for New York City…

July 8, 2021

Like Many Drug Policy Reformers, I’m Driven by Personal Tragedy

I have a million stories about my older brother, Billy, that exemplify the harms of the United States criminal justice…

July 8, 2021

Mass. DA Exemplifies How the “Progressive Prosecutor” Tag Is Overused

During a recent webinar hosted by Prosecutorial Performance Indicators, an organization that encourages better data collection in the criminal justice…

July 7, 2021