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Robert Walker

Diving Down the Rabbit Hole

Robert Walker | November 30, 2015 | Politics
Last week's attack on the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs will not be the last episode of anti-clinic violence in America. It was far from the first.
The Lineup

The Eerie Coincidences of the Erdington Murders

The Lineup | November 30, 2015 | Crime
Credits: Photo of Barbara Forrest via Birmingham Mail; Illustration of Mary Ashford via Wikimedia Commons An English suburb is haunted by the chilling similarities between two grisly murders that occurred 157 years apart. By Stephanie Almazan Erdington is a...
Willie J Parker

Colorado Springs Shootings: You May Choose Silence, But I Don't Recommend It

Willie J Parker | November 29, 2015 | Women
We who understand the need for abortion availability can no longer sympathetically stand with Planned Parenthood or any other facility that finds itself in the crosshairs of abortion extremism. We must act on behalf of women and reproductive rights.
Candy Chand

Out-Bad Chronicles: Fantasy From Hell

Candy Chand | November 27, 2015 | Crime
George Christie is on a mission for relevancy. And he's taken that mission across the airwaves, via the History channel's 6 part series -- Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels.
Daniel N. Arshack

Like Waleed Abu Al-Khair, We Must Never Waver in Our Commitment to Human Rights

Daniel N. Arshack | November 27, 2015 | Politics
Although the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has repeatedly pledged to comply with various Human Rights conventions, it nonetheless repeatedly has trampled the basic human rights of Waleed and others who are now languishing in Saudi prisons with crippling sentences of 15, 20 and 30 years.
Candy Chand

Waco Biker Injustice

Candy Chand | November 26, 2015 | Crime
On May 17, 2015, numerous motorcycle groups met in Waco, Texas for a Confederation of Club's joint meeting. Scheduled at a Twin Peaks restaurant, they set out to discuss laws, mutual rules, and common ground. It would be hard to anticipate that lunch with fellow bikers (which included a mix of 1 percenter outlaw, U.S. Veteran and Christian groups) would turn into bloody mayhem.
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Mental Illness--No Motive Required

Dr. Peggy Drexler | November 26, 2015 | Crime
The case of Abigail Hanna--the pretty, blonde 21-year-old who allegedly kidnapped a toddler she once cared for--has the media fascinated. How can someone like her become, as the Daily Beast calls her, "the babysitter from hell"?
Chandra Bozelko

Let's Not Chicken Out on Pending Clemency Applications

Chandra Bozelko | November 29, 2015 | Crime
President Barack Obama is seven-for-seven in pardoning turkeys but his clemency initiative is still backed up. That needs to change. As it stands now, executive clemency is not a viable way to cure the injustice caused by outdated sentencing laws or reduce prison populations. While...
Kevin Sali

From Oregon, a Beautiful Story of Understanding, Hope, and Redemption Within the Criminal Justice System

Kevin Sali | November 25, 2015 | Crime
The criminal justice system is a tough one to work in. At least in major cases, those of us who work in this field are usually there because something awful has happened to someone. In a murder or assault case, someone's dead or seriously injured; in a white-collar case, people may have lost their life savings. The effects on the victims and those close to them can be real and tragic.
David Halperin

Strip Mall For-Profit College Owners Locked Up; Wall Street Owners Walk Away

David Halperin | November 28, 2015 | Crime
If law enforcement continues these half-measures, the real power will continue to reside at the U.S. Department of Education, which provides almost all of the funding for these predatory for-profit colleges.
Tio Hardiman

The Execution of Laquan McDonald

Tio Hardiman | November 25, 2015 | Chicago
Superintendent McCarthy and Mayor Emanuel viewed this tape before the judge ordered it to be released to the public. One would think that they would have fired this officer immediately, however no one acted at all. This officer was placed on desk duty. What does this tell you about police leadership in Chicago?
1,000 Dreams Fund

I Want to Feel Safe: It's Time to End Violence Against Women on Campus

1,000 Dreams Fund | November 25, 2015 | College
When will college campuses provide the security where women won't be scared to walk alone to their classes? Where women won't have to feel violated? When women won't have to protect themselves from unwanted attention? When will no actually mean no?
The Conversation US

Why Do American Cops Kill So Many Compared to European Cops?

The Conversation US | November 25, 2015 | Politics
Such massive disparities defy a simple explanation, but America's gun culture is clearly an important factor. Unlike European nations, most states make it easy for adults to purchase handguns for self-defense and to keep them handy at nearly all times.
Glenn Martin

It's Time to Close Rikers

Glenn Martin | November 24, 2015 | New York
I know this culture of brutality and violence firsthand. In 1987, I was detained on Rikers Island. A group of young men in the holding cell tried to steal my jacket. Guards watched but did nothing as I defended myself against five other people. I kept my jacket, but was stabbed four times.
Trav Pittman

Four Years to Live: On Violence Against Trans Women of Color

Trav Pittman | November 24, 2015 | Gay Voices
Let's talk about education, let's talk about good, real data and how to get it, let's talk about calling trans and gender nonconforming people --  dead or alive -- by their proper names. If there's one thing my mom refusing to open her bills has taught me, it's that ignoring something doesn't make it go away.
Christopher Zoukis

Early Release Drops Prison Population Down, But Is Not a Long-Term Solution

Christopher Zoukis | November 24, 2015 | Crime
While the recent release of drug offenders is a promising start, those releases were for prisoners who were already close to leaving. In the coming two or three years, we'll see several thousand more such early releases related to that initiative, with a total of tens of thousands of federal prisoners effected by the sentencing reduction.
Lorenzo Johnson

Meet the Prosecutor Fighting to Overturn Wrongful Convictions

Lorenzo Johnson | November 24, 2015 | Crime
Almost two years ago, Kenneth Thompson was running to become Brooklyn's District Attorney. Not only did Mr. Thompson promise to be hard on crime, he also promised to reexamine the cases of those who claimed to be innocent. Mr. Thompson eventually won, and, true to his word, his office has reviewed a large number of cases.
Brad Reid

An Illustration of Procedural Due Process: Defending a Driving While Intoxicated Case

Brad Reid | November 24, 2015 | Crime
With the holidays approaching, again we must implore individuals not to drink and drive. Clearly many tragic deaths, injuries, and property damage occur from the criminal and morally reprehensible behavior of intoxicated driving. Many commentators justifiably advocate for more serious criminal and civil penalties for an individual who is convicted...
Josh Horwitz

America's Twisted Gun Culture Claims One of Washington College's Best and Brightest

Josh Horwitz | November 24, 2015 | Politics
The NRA will continue to attempt to recruit young men like Jacob into the gun culture. It therefore falls upon the rest of us to teach young Americans that guns will never be a solution to what ails them, either personally or politically.
Mike Weisser

Parents Who Send Their Children to Play at Someone Else's Home Have a Right to Know Whether That Home Is Safe

Mike Weisser | November 24, 2015 | Politics
No matter what the NRA says about the benefits of gun ownership outweighing the risks, the fact is that a home with a gun inside it is a home where a gun accident could take place.
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