Public Safety & Justice

Civilian Oversight Appeals to Many, But Is It Always Effective?

The controversial passage of a new voter-approved law in Los Angeles illustrates the complexities of civilian review boards. Experts say there are better ways for civilians to keep cops accountable.

Houston Steers Cities Into Reducing 'Red Lights and Sirens'

Most 911 calls don't actually require a trip to the hospital. Instead, telemedicine can do the trick, and Houston's system is catching on among the country's paramedics.

Text Alert: St. Louis' Post-Ferguson Approach to Court Fines

The county's court system is still a confusing tangle of fees and court dates. The creators of a new online tool hope to change that.

Law and the New Order: A Fresh Wave of District Attorneys Is Redefining Justice

Cities and counties across the country recently elected reform-minded DAs who are taking a more strategic approach to prosecutors' typical tough-on-crime policies.

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