Crime and Punishment
When it comes to crime and punishment, the US finds itself at a variety of inflection points. The injustice of mass incarceration is gaining attention from both political poles. The drug policies that have largely driven it are waning, and pot is legal in some states. The death penalty is beleaguered and may even disappear altogether. Crime is spiking in major cities, and mass shootings persist, while gun policy remains the third rail of American political discourse. Meanwhile, technological advances are opening new frontiers for law enforcement and crime solving. Where will these changes lead, and what do they tell us about changing American values, attitudes, and priorities?