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Dr. Misee Harris

Dallas Dentist Murdered

Dr. Misee Harris | September 4, 2015 | Crime
Dr. Kendra Hatcher, a University of Kentucky College of Dentistry graduate, was murdered by an unidentified gunman in Dallas, TX on Wednesday.
Jasmina Tesanovic

My Stolen Life

Jasmina Tesanovic | September 4, 2015 | Crime
I realize how vulnerable we are nowadays, since we're supported by data and electronic gates and barriers. My USB key contained non encrypted backup of my computer's hard disk. I am exposed totally, these thieves, if they bother to look, can know everything about me. 
Roger I. Abrams

Judge Berman Sets Tom Brady Free!

Roger I. Abrams | September 3, 2015 | Sports
The NFL never informed players that they risked suspension for tampering with equipment or not fully cooperating with a League-directed investigation. It never informed players that suspension could result from being "generally aware" of equipment tampering by other employees.
Susan Rogers

Broken Criminal Justice System Is Highlighted at March for Mental Health Dignity

Susan Rogers | September 3, 2015 | Politics
There was a lot said, shouted, chanted and sung at the March for Mental Health Dignity on the National Mall on August 24 about the rights of individuals with mental health conditions -- of whom I am one.
Kevin Sali

Should Jamarion Lawhorn Be Tried as an Adult?

Kevin Sali | September 3, 2015 | Crime
Trial is underway in Grand Rapids for Jamarion Lawhorn, the 13-year-old charged with fatally stabbing 9-year-old Conner Verkerke. Jamarion is being charged as an adult. Should he be?
Chandra Bozelko

Correction Officers' Unions Essential to Criminal Justice Reform

Chandra Bozelko | September 3, 2015 | Crime
For too long, people have assumed that correction officers' unions, by their very nature, must oppose justice reform. This assumption is based on the belief that decarceration is a zero-sum game and unions benefit from mass incarceration. But this isn't true; strong correctional unions are essential to justice reform.
Kim Farbota

Black Crime Rates: Your Statistics Are Racist

Kim Farbota | September 2, 2015 | Crime
There is a common conservative narrative that the disproportionate incarceration of black people is not the result of systemic racism, but rather of shortcomings within the black community.This "fact" is used to justify a belief that a "culture of violence" is to blame for problems faced by black people in America.
Lauren Galley

The Monster That Got Away

Lauren Galley | September 2, 2015 | Impact
I have hesitated to tell my story, mostly because he's still out there and I don't know where he is or if he is still peering into my social media. I've tried to block him out of my mind but realize sharing my story has the potential to bring awareness to an important issue of cyber education and safety for youth.
Vanessa Baden

Jamycheal Mitchell: Mentally Ill, Criminalized, and Killed by the System

Vanessa Baden | September 2, 2015 | Politics
America is "treating" mental illness through incarceration -- and the price we are paying as a country is enormous.
Debbie Hines

Baltimore Freddie Gray Case Needs Justice and Peace

Debbie Hines | September 2, 2015 | Black Voices
Much of Baltimore will be waiting for the outcome while holding their collective breath---not wanting a repeat of the April riots. And yet, legal decisions cannot rest on what might happen in the City of Baltimore.
Bill Quigley

Debtors Prisons Alive and Well in Louisiana

Bill Quigley | September 2, 2015 | Politics
Even though the U.S. Supreme Court has said it is unconstitutional, Louisiana still puts hundreds of people in prison every year just because they are too poor to pay court-ordered fines, court costs and costs of probation.
Solina Lewis

Remembering Adam Ward

Solina Lewis | September 2, 2015 | Media
While the world's eyes were on Roanoke last week, this week most national and international media have made their exodus from this small community I now call home, and though their focus is on the next horrible breaking news story, it's as if time was frozen here. 8/26/15.
Tom Mullen

Cop Killings Are Way Down During Obama Presidency

Tom Mullen | September 1, 2015 | Politics
In the seventh year of Bush's presidency, there were 77 cop killings, by our definition. So far this year, Obama's seventh in office, there have been 35. Statistically speaking, we're on pace for a total of 52 in 2015, which would be the lowest total in this century.
Jesse Jackman

A Sordid Affair: Prostitution, Adultery and the Fall of Rentboy

Jesse Jackman | September 1, 2015 | Gay Voices
Where is the legal boundary between prostitution and porn? Why is pornography (in which individuals are paid to perform sexual acts) allowed, but prostitution (in which individuals are paid to perform sexual acts) is not?
Anthony Amore

Why Art is so Difficult to Protect

Anthony Amore | September 1, 2015 | Arts
Each year tens of millions of people visit museums around the world and come within close proximity to hundreds of thousands of valuable works of art. Occasionally, miscreants and the mentally disturbed vandalize art work.
Donald Cohen

From the Blue Ridge Comes a Resounding No

Donald Cohen | September 1, 2015 | Crime
The Johnson County commissioners recognize that outsourcing isn't the answer: "Any type of privatization would be detrimental to our county, citizens, and staff of Northeast Correctional Complex." They also honored public service by dedicating a day each year in recognition of the prison's current staff.
Patrick Alley

Congolese Warlord Stands Trial on 18 Counts of War Crimes, But Many More Crimes Have Gone Unreported

Patrick Alley | September 1, 2015 | Crime
Nine years since the first international warrant for his arrest, the warlord Bosco Ntaganda will today go on trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He is charged with committing 18 counts of war crimes in Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo), including murder, rape, pillage, and the conscription of child soldiers.
Vito Glazers

Voice of American Law Enforcement Blames Media For Latest Police Murders

Vito Glazers | September 1, 2015 | Media
Retired Las Vegas Metro Police Lieutenant Randy Sutton says that the media is responsible for advocating "the war on cops by using race baiting and irresponsible journalism to paint an improper picture of the issues that law enforcement face in the line of duty everyday."
Leana Wen, M.D.

The Geography of Injustice: A Story and Statistics from Baltimore

Leana Wen, M.D. | September 1, 2015 | Politics
We may think of healthcare as what medical care you get in the hospital. But what determines health is where you spend your day. It's not your genetic code that predetermines your future; it's your zip code.
James Gierach

To Improve Police-Community Relations, End the War on Drugs

James Gierach | September 1, 2015 | Crime
President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, charged with improving police-community relations and reducing crime, has largely overlooked one of the elements most essential to accomplishing this goal: the need to reform drug policy.
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