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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness website, more than half of all jail and prison inmates have a recent history or symptoms of a mental health problem. An estimated 31 percent of women and 14.5 percent of men in jails have a serious mental illness.
Cecil the 13-year-old Zimbabwe lion is dead but not forgotten. Nor should he be anytime soon by anyone concerned with issues of animal cruelty, white privilege, neocolonialism, global inequality, or international justice and extradition protocols and practices.
With both sides potentially being in position to make an issue out of the prior representation, the logical solution is for Bledsoe to recuse herself. It's just not worth it for her to stay on, and it's not necessary.
The fact that something happens frequently should not make it "routine" in the sense of the law. Yet this is exactly the legal standard that has devolved from the shiny promise of the Constitution.
Continuing with the recent public debate over mandatory minimum sentencing, a recent decision seems poised to upset the policies of dozens of states across the union which are largely responsible for an over-burdened and over-crowded prison system that is virtually bursting at the seams.
On the whole, it appears that Waller County Officials are doing everything they can, given the national scrutiny, to appear transparent.
Arrested, cuffed and booked, I was close enough to share the same breath as the lower depths of modern day America. Child molesters. Rapists. Murderers. Nazis. Gangbangers. Drug dealers. Thieves. Recidivists. Taxpayers. Voters. Citizens. People who were just like you and me.
From the moment those lights start flashing and that siren goes off, we're all in the same boat: we must pull over. However, it's what happens after you've been pulled over that's critical.
Why has Cecil galvanized us so, when clearly there are equally horrific events taking place all over everywhere?
Welcome to the growing club of credit card theft victims. You are not alone. Relax. Breathe. There are some things you can do to minimize the loss.
I'll preface by saying that I can only answer as a former officer; I could pretend to be able to retrospectively muse about what I'd have said when I was on patrol, but that's all it would be.
Given such selective and tactical provision of "bookend" visuals in such a controversial, and then shockingly tragic case, the state shouldn't have been surprised that people would try and imagine the rest -- in this case, literally so.
speeding and alcohol play a large role in fatal road crashes in New Zealand, and that overseas drivers are no exception. Police in New Zealand are very committed to preventing the harm and trauma associated with alcohol on our roads.
Labeling drug court participants as addicts and forcing drug treatment on those who are not addicted because they were caught with drugs continues to misuse treatment resources. Legislators cannot use drug treatment courts as a way to address this growing public health issue.
Yesterday, roughly five miles from where I grew up, a woman was killed in her own home. Margaret "Peggy" Kostelnik, a 60-year-old resident of Concord, Ohio, was found by her husband, William.
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When the judicial system that is supposed to protect us continues to fail us and our families, and when we have evidence to clear us of these crimes that goes ignored, it's extremely hard to keep our sanity.
With the news that true crime writer Ann Rule has just passed away, I couldn't help reflecting on my own late conversion to the author and wishing that I had somehow discovered her earlier.
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Louisiana has the dubious honor of being the prison capitol of the world. More Louisianans spend their lives behind bars than any other state in the U.S. per capita. These draconian sentences for non-violent drug offenses only hurt Louisiana.