Monday, December 23, 2013

The Crime Report selects 'Person of the Year'

Ed Davis, who led the Boston Police Department during the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings and steered one of the biggest manhunts ever mounted on U.S. soil, has been selected by The Crime Report readers as the criminal justice “Person of the Year.”

Attorney General Eric Holder earned the next largest number of votes from our readers, who noted his leadership of justice reforms ranging from alternatives to incarceration and the reduction of stiff penalties for low-level federal drug offenses—and his forthright opposition to “Stand Your Ground” state legislation.

TCR columnist Matthew Mangino praised Holder’s “strong stance against stand-your-ground laws,” noting that his leadership on the issue has added more force to criticism by civil liberties and gun control advocates of state legislative actions that “senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods.”

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