Policing

Publications

, The Orlando Sentinel
Marsy’s Law should not protect police from being held accountable
SteVon Felton

As elected officials and police departments alike struggle to make sense of the confusing language in Marsy’s Law, South Dakota’s interpretation — which allows police officers to…

, Cato Unbound
Reaching the Same Destination on Foot
Lars Trautman

Sarah Seo’s lead essay provides a compelling account of the automobile’s outsized role in the development of Fourth Amendment search and seizure jurisprudence, as well as the erosion of the…

R Street Short No. 70: Policing Requires An ‘Epic’ Shift
Corinne Day

In light of the institutional failures of consent decrees
in police departments across the country, the New Orleans Police Department’s
Ethical Policing is Courageous (EPIC) program provides an…

R Street Short No. 70: Policing Requires An ‘Epic’ Shift
SteVon Felton

Effective and lasting reform requires a closer connection between officers and policymakers. If this disconnect is to be resolved, each stakeholder, including officers, must recognize that they are…

, Slate
Future Tense Newsletter: This Government Facial Recognition System May Be Using Your Photo
Media Coverage

From Slate:

Nila Bala explains why criminal suspects deserve privacy, even as law enforcement is increasingly turning to online genetic databases.

‘Sunshine’ will allay fears as cops try futuristic policies
Steven Greenhut

SACRAMENTO – In Washington, D.C. in 2054, a Department of PreCrime determines who is going to commit a crime before it happens. The government uses three mutants, known as “precogs,” who have…

, Genome Web
The Suspects, Too
Media Coverage

From Genome Web:

There’s an overlooked privacy issue with using genetic genealogy approaches in law enforcement: privacy rights of the suspect, writes Nila Bala from the R Street Institute, a…

Police data collection in Chicago creates accountability and improves officer safety
SteVon Felton

In a last ditch effort to undermine criminal justice reform efforts, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions solidified his opposition to consent decrees by limiting their use by the federal…

, Crain's New York
City law promises to make police courteous
Jesse Kelley & Nicolas John

In the Big Apple, the simple practice of swapping business cards is taking on a new meaning. As a direct result of the 2017 Right to Know Act, which took effect last month, New York Police…

Criticism and Transparency are Good for Police Departments
SteVon Felton

California has entered into a new era of police transparency after passing Senate Bill 1421 and Assembly Bill 748, which make public previously protected personnel files related to officer misconduct…