Category: Criminal Justice

murder, policing, and justice

This well-reported story about TJ Smith, the Baltimore Police Department’s former spokesman who lost his half-brother to violence in the city (and just resigned!), is well worth reading and reflecting on: As for Smith, his failed struggle to lead Dionay...

/ October 11, 2018

spiritually overseeing the watchmen

This report on ministries to prison guards by Eve Tushnet is well worth your time: And yet today, startlingly few Christian ministries exist to serve those who work in jails and prisons. Chaplains and other Christian volunteers come to visit...

/ June 21, 2018

my review of Jamil Jivani’s “Why Young Men?”

I reviewed Jamil Jivani’s new book, Why Young Men?, for Comment magazine. It’s a fascinating (and sometimes frustrating) book that explores the very important question of why young men are radicalized and embrace violence. It is a bit tricky to nail down...

/ June 11, 2018

the power map of baltimore

Dr. Lawrence Brown and his public health students have produced a fascinating map of Baltimore that illustrates historic and contemporary inequities. They’ve also produced a set of ideas that can help remediate these inequities: In a hypersegregated city, segrenomics results in the redlining...

/ June 5, 2018

“Traumatized officers sent out to deal with traumatized citizens”

Baynard Woods tells the story of a Baltimore police officer struggling with mental illness very well here: In a city like Baltimore, where a large number of citizens are suffering from severe and repeated trauma, often at levels higher than...

/ May 29, 2018

a betrayal: how do we help young people escape violence?

This deeply-reported story about a young man who tried to cooperate with law enforcement and escape MS-13 is both moving and unsettling: Henry did his part to aid the federal crackdown on MS-13. In addition to the gang members he...

/ May 24, 2018

it’s all about governance and trust

Shadi Hamid, Vanda Felbab-Brown, and Harold Trinkunas share an excerpt from their new book on governance and trust, a subject that I’ve been banging on about for quite a while now: The Taliban claims to adhere to a strict interpretation of...

/ May 17, 2018

racism in, racism out

This article about Palantir is something else: “The world changed when it became clear everyone could be targeted using Palantir,” says a former JPMorgan cyber expert who worked with Cavicchia at one point on the insider threat team. “Nefarious ideas...

/ May 15, 2018

can Black Lives Matter achieve its goals?

This is a fascinating essay from Cedric Johnson examining the history of the Black Panthers and comparing its political activism to the Black Lives Matter movement: The racial justice frame simply does not adequately explain the current crisis of police...

/ March 7, 2018

how deep does the rot run?

This article from the Baltimore Sun summarizes some of the most shocking instances of corruption and violence from the trial of some Gun Trace Task Force members, including: » Ward said Jenkins also believed males over the age of 18 carrying...

/ March 1, 2018