Reporter and writer for national magazines covering criminal justice, with a focus on urban violence. See my work at https://www.markobbie.com.
Admirably clear and concise summary of where each candidate stands on a host of policy questions. I hope The Marshall Project adds to this with more issues, starting with: what they've said about using evidence-based strategies to reduce community gun violence.
Victims' use of the courts to force police and crime labs to test more rape kits took a hit this week. But this story smartly tracks the development of a victim-led movement to get these tests performed more diligently.
"There’s no need to rely on a false narrative to tell the truth that black lives matter."
This is the greatest blind spot afflicting the people on the left who focus on gun violence prevention policy. Almost all the resources and attention go to the types of crimes that frighten white people, while the most urgent and common threats go ignored because they threaten people of color.
A memoir on the challenges and costs of trying to be believed and helped.
"Artificial intelligence and machine learning are rapidly improving. But it’s still a dangerous game to apply such tools to predict something as complex and context-dependent as violent behavior."
For years I've been reporting on the strategies to reduce urban violence that have the strongest scientific evidence that they work. When I learned that Harvard's Thomas Abt, one of the thinkers whose work I already followed closely, was writing a book with clear advice to cities on how to use these
For years I've been reporting on the strategies to reduce urban violence that have the strongest scientific evidence that they work. When I learned that Harvard's Thomas Abt, one of the thinkers whose work I already followed closely, was writing a book with clear advice to cities on how to use these strategies, I knew I wanted to tell the story of how Abt came to this work, whether he can help these ideas break through to mainstream acceptance, and what these strategies look like in practice. I'm grateful to The Atlantic for giving me the opportunity to tell that story as part of its "Presence of Justice" series.
“We’ve never had a true news regulator in this country, yet the public is being conditioned now to accept one, without thinking of the consequences.”
Dahlia Lithwick's take on the reactions to The New Yorker's reporting on Al Franken's behavior: "We need to stop relying on journalism to serve as a rough proxy for the justice system. It is bad for journalism and bad for justice. "
The left's critique of criminal justice reforms to date, that they have only nibbled around the edges of the core problem and need a good swift kick into high gear, is entirely too sunny a prognosis, a new essay suggests.