Alexandra Widas  //  9/24/17  //  Topic Update


The Justice Department is changing  a program designed to improve relations between police and communities (The Hill).

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is dismantling the Justice Department’s community policing initiative right when it is most needed, argues Kanya Bennett at ACLU.

Attorney General Session's strategies to prevent crime is a “criminologist’s nightmare,” writes David M. Kennedy.

Cutting the DOJ’s Collaborative Reform program, which works with police departments to reform use of deadly force, hurts cops and communities, argues Chiraag Bains at The Marshall Project.  

The St. Louis protests are what happens when DOJ fails to do its job in reviewing police departments, argues the Editorial Board of the Washington Post (WaPo). 


Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

The White House conducts a "listening session" with criminal justice reform advocates focused on prisoner re-entry. The Justice Department is heightening efforts to increase the use of capital punishment.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

Attorney General Sessions rescinded 25 Justice Department guidance documents on how to interpret an array of federal laws.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

The Attorney General announced stepped-efforts to address the opioid crisis.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School