German Lopez


German Lopez is a staff writer at @voxdotcom, focused on criminal justice, drug policy, and LGBTQ issues.

America’s Big Cities Saw Drops in Crime and Murder in 2017

So much for the “American carnage” that Trump warned about. After two years of unsettling increases, America’s crime and murder rates may have declined in 2017. A new report by the Brennan Center for Justice looked at crime and murder rates in the 30 largest US cities, updating figures from another report released in September with more data for the rest of the year. Over the past two years, Brennan had found increases — sometimes sharp rises — in the violent crime and murder rates. Many … [Read more...]

Campaign Zero: Black Lives Matter Activists’ New, Comprehensive Policy Platform

Black Lives Matter activists finally have an answer to critics demanding specific policy proposals. This has been a central question posed to the movement, which aims to eliminate racial disparities in the criminal justice system, since it rose to national prominence following the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. A lot of groups — from supporters tomedia to Hillary Clinton — have challenged the movement to define its policy agenda. "You're going to have to come … [Read more...]