Jeff Sessions’s evidence-free crime strategy

The emerging Department of Justice crime-control strategy is a criminologist’s nightmare
The Hill (US)
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Over the last thirty years researchers, law enforcement leaders and communities have pushed for smarter, better violence prevention — spurred in large part by the incredible violence and community destruction of the crack era, and the utter failure of existing approaches to do anything about it. It’s paid dividends. We now know a lot about what works and what doesn’t. Innovative strategies have law enforcement, community leaders and service providers sit down face-to-face with gang members and drug dealers, emphasize that the community hates the violence, offer to help anybody who wants it and explain the legal risks that come with violence. The result can be dramatic reductions in both violence and enforcement.