Josh Gravens

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State Senator Wants to Kill a Dallas School District. Might Be Good Practice.

Dallas County Schools is a ... well, Dallas County Schools should be thought of as a … the thing is, Dallas County Schools falls under what’s called …

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ made J.D. Vance the voice of the Rust Belt. But does he want that job?

NEW YORK — Here is J.D. Vance, a long way from Middletown, Ohio, arriving at the gilded Fifth Avenue temple of the University Club, a massive pile of excess born of robber-baron lucre and standing in the shadow of its glass-and-steel successor, Trump Tower.<p>Vance has no tie. The club requires that …

'I thought I was smarter than almost everybody': my double life as a KGB agent

Raised in East Germany, Jack Barsky abandoned his mother, brother, wife and son to spy for the KGB. In America, he started a second family. And then it all came crashing down...<p>On a chilly morning in December 1988, computer analyst Jack Barsky embarked on his usual morning commute to his office on …

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Trump Wants Cops to Confiscate More Stuff

After joking about ruining a state senator's career, Trump encouraged cops and prosecutors to seize assets.<p><i>This article was published in partnership with the Marshall Project.</i><p>The comment was startling, even for President Donald Trump. In a meeting with county sheriffs this week, the president …

Trump’s “law and order” executive orders, explained

The orders are vague, but Trump’s history suggests he’s aiming to jump-start a push for “tough on crime” policies.<p>President Donald Trump wants to do something about crime in America. He just doesn’t know what, exactly, he wants to do yet.<p>On Thursday, the day Jeff Sessions was sworn in as Trump’s …

Legislation to abolish state cash-bail system is introduced

A state representative from Chicago on Friday proposed a radical reform to Illinois’ criminal-justice system, introducing a bill that would do away …

Big data may be reinforcing racial bias in the criminal justice system

<i>Laurel Eckhouse is a researcher with the Human Rights Data Analysis Group’s Policing Project, and a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of California at Berkeley.</i><p>Big data has expanded to the criminal justice system. In Los Angeles, police use computerized “predictive policing” …

Police Chiefs Say Trump’s Law Enforcement Priorities Are Out of Step

Not surprisingly, President Trump’s approach to crime, which began to take shape in a series of moves last week, generated swift criticism from liberals and civil rights groups.<p>But it also stirred dissent from another quarter: prominent police chiefs and prosecutors who fear that the new …