Monthly Archives: March 2012

The “Shoot the People You Find Frightening” Laws

Before some Democratic members of Congress this week the parents of young Trayvon Martin asked that his death be “not in vain.”  I thought about what might make this so. Justice demands an indictment on homicide charges from the grand jury. … Continue reading

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Ask and you shall receive

I have a little experiment I urge all CEOs to try, especially those in policing and criminal justice. For one full work week, start as many conversations as possible with questions. Not just, hihowahya, but thoughtful inquiries that are meaningful … Continue reading

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Criminal Justice Needs to Create “Developmental Competence”

Attributed to Socrates (469-399 BC): “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They … Continue reading

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No Irish Need Apply

First, the only folks with a genuine beef about immigration are the Native peoples of this hemisphere. Second, this one goes out to anyone of Irish heritage who gets fired up about the negative impact on our social economic stability of … Continue reading

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Mickey Roache: The Power of Procedural Justice & Legitimacy

I swear that I actually witnessed the following. On a summer night in 1989 Mickey Roache came upon a donnybrook in front of Fuentes Market on Parker St. in Mission Hill involving four or five Boston Housing Police officers and … Continue reading

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A Procedural Justice Checklist for Police Supervisors

In a curriculum I am working on for the Mass. Municipal Justice Training Council on procedural justice and police legitimacy, I had the idea to apply Dr. Atul Gawande’s very practical method of checklists.  Gawande adapted an idea  from the  airline … Continue reading

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Notify the Think Squad

Recently, two groups of officers representing several police departments in Eastern Mass. have gotten together to take advantage of an opportunity seldom afforded them: to pause and reflect on what they have learned about crime and disorder.  We too seldom (almost … Continue reading

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