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Aspen Institute

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Mayor Mitch Landrieu Talk Violence in America

Aspen Institute | July 3, 2015 | Crime
Is violence a function of our culture? During a recent 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival session, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) and Senior Editor and National Correspondent for The Atlantic Ta-Nehisi Coates explored this complex and provocative question.
Lawrence Wittner

Guns and the Godly

Lawrence Wittner | July 2, 2015 | Religion
There should be something disturbing to people committed to love and peace about the fact that, among all economically-developed countries, the United States has by far the highest rate of gun-related murders in the world.
Lindsay Holcomb

The Tragedy of Kalief Browder and the Merits of Pretrial Release

Lindsay Holcomb | July 2, 2015 | College
The physical and psychological violence inflicted upon Browder from arrest to release by the same institutions which purport to keep us safe is a stain on the consciousness of every New Yorker as it was carried out in our name as the mangled byproduct of our collective democratic will.
Dr. Misee Harris

War Brewing Over Facebook Scammer

Dr. Misee Harris | July 2, 2015 | Crime
Fraudulent individuals and scam artists can abuse the great feeling of online communities. One shocking example is the self proclaimed R&B artist, entrepreneur, and businessman, who goes by the name of DeLorean.
Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur

The Double Standard In Race Based Violence

Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur | July 1, 2015 | Crime
It may appear that America's very painful journey in dealing with race relations has taken yet another difficult detour. Over the last 22 days, words and phrases characterizing Black and White youth and their behaviors have flooded social media and online news agencies.
Kevin Sali

What to Watch for in the FIFA Case, Part 5: Vague Laws and Prosecutorial Discretion

Kevin Sali | June 30, 2015 | Crime
It's increasingly clear that prosecutors have essentially unbounded discretion in deciding whom to charge in a case like this, and extraordinarily broad legal weapons to use against their chosen targets -- a troubling combination for anyone concerned with the rule of law.
Brandon L. Garrett

Last Words for the Death Penalty

Brandon L. Garrett | June 30, 2015 | Crime
Whatever Glossip's formal holding, the body language of the Justices suggests that the death penalty is in a precarious position.
Jessica S. Henry

Is the Death Penalty Unconstitutional?

Jessica S. Henry | July 1, 2015 | Crime
Monday, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, joined by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, suggested that the death penalty is unconstitutional. They did so in dissent. But what a powerful dissent it was.
Adam Banner

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms Stance on Death Penalty

Adam Banner | June 30, 2015 | Crime
Let's be honest. Whether or not the death penalty, as a whole, is constitutional was never at issue in this case. The question regarding necessary standards and uniformity in the method for executing inmates, however, was in full display.
Sharlene Spingler

In Search of the Illusive Rosebud

Sharlene Spingler | June 30, 2015 | Crime
The last time that I saw Frank Hickey, we were both around seven years of age, drawing with crayons on the wall of his bedroom. It was allowed. Had I done that in my brownstone, two houses away, I would have been killed.
Paul Bland

Ending Anti-Semitic Bullying in Schools: Sometimes, It Takes a Court

Paul Bland | June 30, 2015 | Education
Pine Bush Central School District didn't have an anti-Semitic bullying "problem," it had a nightmare. Jewish children in three of the district's schools were subjected to systemic, repeated acts of anti-Semitic harassment for years.
Soraya Chemaly

A Primer On Online Misogyny: 'Revenge' Porn Is Only One Dimension

Soraya Chemaly | June 30, 2015 | Women
While it is safer and comforting to think that men looking at women in these ways is not a question of power "looking," "taking," and sometimes "sharing" women and images of women, these images are, and always have been, political acts with social consequences.
Mark Osler

The Case Against Killing Dylann Roof

Mark Osler | June 29, 2015 | Politics
If we use the punishment of Roof to bolster the institution of capital punishment, we can't pretend that it will be limited to mass murderers like him. An emboldened use of the death penalty would likely hurt black defendants (especially those with white victims) the most.
Sen. Daylin Leach

Ending Bail As We Know It

Sen. Daylin Leach | June 29, 2015 | Politics
The concept of bail is a long-standing part of our criminal justice system. Bail is specifically mentioned in the U.S. Constitution and actually originated in ancient Rome. But it has changed over the years and it no longer works.
Beth Winegarner

Online Harassment Is Nothing New. So Why Haven't Laws Caught Up?

Beth Winegarner | June 29, 2015 | Technology
I'm a female who's been online since 1991, which means my adult life is peppered with online harassment stories the way a country dog is peppered with ticks. I wanted to be left alone, and it was clear that my own say-so wasn't going to be enough, so I explored my options.
Frank Vogl

Tunisian Murder - Causes: Radicalization, Unemployment and Corruption

Frank Vogl | June 30, 2015 | Crime
Very high youth unemployment in Tunisia, due in part to substantial corruption, as well as increasing activities by radical Islamic groups all contributed, I believe, to influence the mad gunman, 24-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui, to kill 38 people, mainly tourists.
Josh Horwitz

The Charleston Victims Weren't 'Asking for It'

Josh Horwitz | June 29, 2015 | Politics
In response to sexual violence, we too often hear the hateful and self-serving phrase "they were asking for it." Now, in the wake of mass shootings, gun apologists have taken to publicly and loudly importing this shameful, victim-blaming tactic.
Matthew Cooke

Survivors Guide to Earth: Police Shootings

Matthew Cooke | June 29, 2015 | Crime
A shocking report by Amnesty International found not a single state in the U.S. has laws that meet international human rights standards for "use of force" by police officers.
Mirah Riben

Update on the Guatemala Kidnapping and American Adoption of Karen Abigail Monahan

Mirah Riben | June 30, 2015 | Crime
In December 2014 I reported on the Guatemala kidnapping of Anyeli Liseth Hernández and her US adoption by Timothy and Jennifer Monahan of Liberty Missouri who named the child Karen Abigail.
Norman Solomon

Would CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Be in Prison If He Were White?

Norman Solomon | June 25, 2015 | Politics
Last week CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling went to prison. If he were white, he probably wouldn't be there. Sterling was one of the CIA's few African-American case officers, and he became the first to file a racial discrimination lawsuit.
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