Paterson police-involved shooting

In some ways this is a very typical police-involved shooting, not that police-involved shootings are are typical. But it's all here: a man with a gun, probably mentally disturbed, confronted by police. And not for the first time. The man is white. You hear cops saying, "We can help you." You also hear the de..

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When fear of being a victim hits home

I saw some tweets from a certain kind of professorial class saying: "COVID fatality rate is now about 125/100K in NYC. So why do people over-react to small rises in the murder rate, which is just 5/100K."  In high-crime neighborhoods, such as Baltimore's Eastern and Western Districts, the murder rate is 125 per 100,000 EVERY..

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Murdered in the Park

Just last month, I swear I told my class, "People won't talk about crime until a cute white girl gets murdered." Tessa Majors, unfortunately, is that woman. Would her murder be getting as much press if she had been black? I doubt it. But who knows? Turns out not a lot college students of any..

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Academic Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Spread the word: My department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration (LPS), has officially posted for three new full-time LPS positions. One of the lines is for a tenure-track assistant professor. Two of the lines are for full-time lecturer ( which is CCE, or..

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