You Choose: Which Criminal Justice Stories (and People) Mattered in 2017?

The Crime Report launches its seventh annual readers’ poll of the year’s most significant criminal justice stories and newsmakers. Our staff and contributors have nominated their choices. Please choose from our list, or suggest others. We’ll publish the results next week.

What were the most significant criminal justice stories and trends in the U.S. during 2017?

Which person (or persons) had the most significant impact?

For The Crime Report’s seventh annual year-end review, TCR staff, columnists and contributors have nominated news stories or developments that, in our collective judgment, have had a critical impact on the U.S. criminal justice this year—and will likely continue to resonate during 2018.

We’ve also identified a handful of “newsmakers” whose work or actions during 2017 were especially impactful.

Now we’d like to hear from you.

Since our readers are among the nation’s thought leaders in the criminal justice world—journalists, academics, practitioners, advocates—the results of our annual surveys always attract special attention. .

We think it is a constructive way of putting a complicated and often troubling year into perspective (pretty much what we try to do for each day’s news in TCR)—and we hope you agree.

Below are 15 stories/developments we’ve identified as candidates for our “Top Ten” criminal justice stories of 2017. We’ve added a brief rationale for each.

Please check up to ten.

Feel free to tell us why you made your choices. We’ll be happy to publish a selection of the best comments (anonymously if you prefer).

Similarly, please choose two newsmakers from the second list who you believe had a major impact on the U.S. criminal justice system in 2017, and/or will bear watching in 2018.

Picking a newsmaker does not, of course, mean you endorse his/her views or actions.

TCR’s Newsmaker of the Year is a recognition of that person’s impact—for good or ill—on criminal justice in 2017.

We wanted to keep the list manageable. Inevitably, some issues, newsmakers or developments that may be on your priority list are missing here. So we’ve left space for a “write-in” ballot, where you can add a story or person you think we’ve overlooked. If enough readers join you, your choice might make the final cut!

Please send in your replies by midnight Eastern Standard Time tomorrow (Friday, December 15). The final results will be published next week.

Just to refresh your memory, here are the top ten stories and top newsmakers who made TCR’s year-end list for 2016.

We look forward to hearing from you!