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The Wandering Officer

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“'Wandering officers' are law-enforcement officers fired by one department, sometimes for serious misconduct, who then find work at another agency. Policing experts hold disparate views about the extent and character of the wandering-officer phenomenon. Some insist that wandering officers are everywhere—possibly increasingly so—and that they’re dangerous. Others, however, maintain that critics cherry-pick rare and egregious anecdotes that distort broader realities. In the absence of systematic data, we simply do not know how common wandering officers are or how much of a threat they pose, nor can we know whether and how to address the issue through policy reform."
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The Plight of the Police Whistleblower

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"Even as municipal and state officials around the country react to the killing of George Floyd  with measures aimed at curbing police misconduct, members of the criminal justice community warn that little will change unless officers feel safe enough to expose wrongdoing in their ranks."

Podcast: The New Normal: Enough

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"This episode explores the intergenerational impact and trauma of anti-Black racism and violence through the scholarly perspectives and personal experiences of Andrade, Canada Research Chair in Integrative Behavioural Ecology and the University of Toronto Scarborough’s vice-dean of faculty affairs and equity, and her guests: U of T Scarborough Assistant Professor Mark Campbell, of the department of arts, culture and media, an expert in hip hop and the music of Black communities, and Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Julius Haag of U of T Mississauga’s department of sociology, an expert in policing, youth justice, racialization and criminalization."

5-Key Model for Reentry

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"The 5-Key Model for Reentry is a data-driven reentry services approach that provides behavioral health-focused supports for individuals leaving incarceration and coming back home. Unlike many models that help people during this transition time (often called the reentry period), the 5-Key Model can be adapted for use with all individuals leaving incarceration, including those experiencing mental health or substance use disorders and high-risk individuals convicted of serious crimes."

To Serve and Protect Each Other: How Police-Prosecutor Codependence Enables Police Misconduct

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"Most Americans are rightly enraged when police shoot unarmed civilians, use excessive force, or engage in unethical practices like planting evidence. However, there is little popular understanding and scholarly attention as to why prosecutors fail to charge or otherwise hold officers accountable. This Article offers a novel contribution to the study of police misconduct by examining how prosecutors nationwide enable police misconduct on an institutional level."

Changes in Firearm Mortality Following the Implementation of State Laws Regulating Firearm Access and Use

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"Many US states have tried to regulate firearm storage and use to reduce the 39,000 firearms-related deaths that occur each year. Looking at three classes of laws that regulate children’s access to firearms, the carrying of a concealed firearm, and the use of a firearm in self-defense, we found that state laws restricting firearm storage and use are associated with a subsequent 11% decrease in the firearms-related death rate. In a hypothetical situation in which there are 39,000 firearms deaths nationally under the permissive combination of these three laws, we expect 4,475 (80% CI, 1,761 to 6,949) more deaths nationally than under the restrictive combination of these laws."