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Police Leadership and Organizational Culture on Police Effectiveness

In a recent article, I discuss some of the antecedents and consequences of “de-policing,” a term used to refer to reductions in proactive policing strategies. Increases in de-policing also coincide with increases in public pressure and aggression (e.g., protests, ‘viral’ police use-of-force videos). Recently, there have been various movements meant to “reform” police departments, such as efforts to de-fund the police …

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Mississippi Murderer to be Executed

A Mississippi man who murdered his estranged wife in 2009, after several years of sexually abusing her daughter, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday (11/17).  Emily Wagster Pettus of the Associated Press reports that David Neal Cox was jailed in 2009 after his stepdaughter reported that he had been sexually assaulting her for years.  Even though Cox had been convicted …

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Bonta and Gascón Collude to Overturn All Los Angeles Death Sentences

CJLF issued a press release with the above title this morning. Here is the text: California Attorney General Rob Bonta and Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón are working together to overturn the death sentences of every condemned murderer convicted in Los Angeles County, according to the Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation. On November 5, Bonta’s office issued Notices of …

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The Unwoking Begins

Voters in New York City elected Eric Adams, a former police captain who promised to restore law and order in the big apple, as Mayor earlier this month.  Rebecca Rosenberg and Bryan Lleans of Fox News report that Adams plans to restore the city’s Anti-Crime Unit, a plaincloths team targeting gangs and illegal guns.  The unit was disbanded in 2020 …

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Consequences of De-policing

De-policing is a term that refers to a reduction in proactive policing strategies, and it tends to coincide with officer fears of becoming ‘the next viral incident’ and fears of criminal prosecution. Many postulate that this effect has worsened in recent months due to increasing tensions between the community and the police. The de-policing effect seemed to start around 2014 …

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Justice Gorsuch as the “Swing Vote” on Executions?

Yesterday after listening to the oral argument in Ramirez v. Collier, the Supreme Court’s clergy-in-the-execution-chamber case, I noted that the most important question is not whether the State or the murderer wins on the details of this case but whether we are going to have a permanent new layer of litigation further delaying already badly delayed justice in these cases. …