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While Culture Warriors Debate Language, Police Reformers Change Policy

Sifting through some positive criminal justice developments on the Reason Roundtable.


The People Who Always Like to Argue Viciously About Stuff (PWALAVAS) are busy this week debating whether the slogan "defund the police" is or is not a net positive in the push for reforming America's criminal justice system. Meanwhile, on Planet Non-PWALAVAS, policy changes and experimentation are proceeding apace.

So contend the participants in the latest Reason Roundtable podcast: Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch. The gang also talks about the latest in institutional liberalism's civil war, Spike Lee's new joint, and how rooting out werewolves might just be the necessary palliative for fraying familial nerves.

Audio production by Ian Keyser and Regan Taylor.

Music: "Search and Rescue" by Dan Lebowitz

Relevant links from the show:

"The Libertarian Roots of Police Reform: Q&A with Radley Balko," by Nick Gillespie

"Treating Mental Illness With Care, Not Punishment, Goes Beyond Defunding Police," by J.D. Tuccille

"The Former Cop Who Killed George Floyd Will Get $50K Annual Pension Even if Convicted of Murder," by Eric Boehm

"New York City Cops Will Finally Stop Targeting Street Food Vendors," by Baylen Linnekin

"How Not To Build a Transpartisan Coalition for Police Reform," by Jacob Sullum

"A Cop Shot a 10-Year-Old and Got Qualified Immunity. Tom Brady and 1,400 Other Pro Athletes Want To Fix That," by Billy Binion

"Police Reform Should Match the Needs of Different Communities," by J.D. Tuccille

"With 1 Republican Cosponsor, Rep. Justin Amash Gains Tripartisan Support To End Qualified Immunity," by Billy Binion

"The 1793 Project Unmasked," by Robby Soave