Law Enforcement

Taking Race Out of Criminal Charges

Prosecutors in Yolo County, California, are attempting “race-blind charging” by using software to redact identifying information, including race and other descriptors, from police reports.

We Can’t Transform Policing Without Addressing Trauma

COMMENTARY | Studies show that many police officers suffer trauma on the job. Officer wellness programs can help them better serve their communities.

Local Leaders Beg for 'Substantial State Assistance, Immediately' to Combat Illegal Marijuana Farms

An Oregon county declared a state of emergency and is requesting $750,000, 45 new employees and the National Guard, which officials say is necessary because the illegal businesses are running rampant, depleting resources and spiking crime.

Bipartisan Support for Red Flag Laws Wanes as GOP Blocks Bills

Midterm-focused Republicans want to galvanize their pro-gun base.

Cracking Cold Cases: Police Turn to Podcasts to Track Down Killers

Law enforcement officials say that department-sponsored podcasts—free, easy to download and available on demand—are perfect for disseminating information. (America’s true-crime obsession doesn’t hurt.)

The Safest and Least Safe Cities in the U.S.

Columbia, Maryland tops a list for safest cities, while St. Louis is at the bottom, according to a recent report.

A State Moves to Establish a Process for Revoking Police Officer Licenses

California is one of just four states without such a system in place. A bill that would change that is awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature.

Justice Department Issues New Rules to Monitor Oversight of Police

The changes are meant to help minimize the costs of consent decrees to local jurisdictions and to avoid any conflict of interest among the monitors who oversee the reforms.

Congressional Funding Sought to Implement Policy on Body-Worn Cameras

The announcement follows tensions with some local police departments over the authority to release footage recorded during joint operations.

$15,000 Signing Bonuses and $130,000 Salaries for Police Recruits

Pandemic restrictions and other factors, more than the defund the police movement after George Floyd's death, has forced police departments nationwide to refocus on how they reach potential candidates.

Counties and States Embrace Fentanyl Test Strips in Battle Against Opioids

Arlington County, Virginia announced that it would begin distributing the strips to addiction-prone people leaving the county jail, the latest in a growing number of government agencies to turn to the tests as a way to prevent overdoses.

Another State Will Train Police to Draw Blood From Drunk Driving Suspects

Georgia will establish a phlebotomy program to instruct law enforcement officers on how to collect blood samples, the latest in a growing number of states to embrace the practice.

Get Police Vaccinated

COMMENTARY | And prison guards, and jail workers, and anyone else charged with protecting the public’s safety.

Correctional Officers are Driving the Pandemic in Prisons

New research shows correctional officers are vectors of infection, pushing up Covid-19 rates both inside prisons and in their communities.

Repeat Drunk Drivers in This State Can Now Face Life in Prison

Drunk drivers with previous impaired-driving convictions who kill or injure others will be subjected to increased sentencing guidelines, including the possibility of life in prison, under a new law in New Hampshire.

Some 'Most Impressive' Law School Applicants Are Convicted of Serious Crimes

Formerly incarcerated individuals are dissuaded from becoming lawyers because of the 'moral character determination,' but a number of states are slowly changing their policies.

States Turn to Recruiting and Retention Bonuses for Police

Florida’s governor was the latest to propose such a perk, as law enforcement agencies across the country struggle to find and keep officers.

Federal Loophole Thwarts State Curbs on Police Seizures of Property

Civil asset forfeiture funnels billions of dollars to police and prosecutors.

What One City Hopes to Learn by Pausing Use of Facial Recognition Technology

A ban in Baltimore would restrict the city from purchasing facial recognition technology and temporarily restrict use by city agencies, residents and businesses (but not the police).

50% of Americans Think Gun Violence is a ‘Very Big Problem’

But attitudes about gun violence differ widely by race, ethnicity, party affiliation and community, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.