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Les Leopold

Missed Debate Question: Where Do You Stand on the Killing of Rickey Ray Rector?

Les Leopold | February 12, 2016 | Politics
The PBS debate moderators missed a golden opportunity to ask Hillary and Bernie a crucial question: What did they think about the execution of Rickey Ray Rector in 1992?
Lorenzo Johnson

Sex, Lies, and Wrongful Conviction: Kathleen Kane's Other Scandal

Lorenzo Johnson | February 11, 2016 | Crime
When prosecutors and judges feel comfortable sending each other racist and sexually explicit emails for fun, something is wrong. This same cozy and corrupt system allowed my innocence to be swept under the rug for years. It's time for accountability and justice for me and so many others who have suffered from wrongful convictions.
Joe Thorogood

Ambiguity and Opioids: The Thin Line Between Licit and Illicit Use

Joe Thorogood | February 11, 2016 | Crime
A new study has just revealed that from 1998-2012, sixty four percent of the mainstream media were more likely to treat opioid abuse as a matter for law enforcement. Illegal drug dealing was the most cited cause of abuse, followed by the ease of obtaining prescription opioids for...
The Influence

Why Is Marijuana Banned? The Real Reasons Are Worse Than You Think

The Influence | February 12, 2016 | Politics
Most of us assume it's because someone, somewhere sat down with the scientific evidence, and figured out that cannabis is more harmful than other drugs we use all the time -- like alcohol and cigarettes. Not at all.
Kim Dvorchak

Defending the Childhood of Brendan Dassey

Kim Dvorchak | February 11, 2016 | Crime
Children are different from adults and require more protection, especially against the power of the state and the court. If the justice system had protected Brendan's rights in an age-appropriate manner, his case would have been handled very differently.
Michael J. Dumas

Things Are Gonna Get Easier: Refusing Schooling as a Site of Black Suffering

Michael J. Dumas | February 11, 2016 | Black Voices
Black suffering in schools is one manifestation of the anti-Blackness of our society, in which Black people are viewed with disgust and disdain, as non-humans worthy of violence and death. In schools, this anti-Blackness reveals itself first, in the deep-seated, but most often unconscious belief that Black children are uneducable. A problem. A waste of time and unworthy of resources.

The Role Race Plays in the War On Drugs | February 10, 2016 | Black Voices
If Black lives mattered, our government would not have tolerated a decades-long defeat in the war against drugs. If Black lives mattered, today's overdose crisis would be ameliorated by decades of public health policies focused on reducing stigma and promoting treatment over punishment.
Mari Fagel

Making a Murderer: What was Legal and what was NOT

Mari Fagel | February 10, 2016 | Crime
The ten-episode Netflix documentary Making a Murderer has captivated viewers since its premiere, and left many stunned as to how the justice system failed Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey.
Christopher Zoukis

Kids Can Change: Stop Sending Juveniles to Adult Prisons and Jails

Christopher Zoukis | February 9, 2016 | Crime
In a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision is a deceptively simple line that should affect, and in many cases, transform the way Americans think about juveniles who kill. At the heart of the 2012 groundbreaking case, Miller v. Alabama, said the Court, is the idea, proven by neuroscience and behavioral research, that "children who commit even heinous crimes are capable of change."
Anthony Colombo

Did the FBI Kill My Father?

Anthony Colombo | February 9, 2016 | Crime
Forty-five years ago, my father, Joe Colombo, the alleged boss of the "Colombo" crime family, and founder of the Italian-American Civil Rights League, was gunned down among a crowd of thousands in one of the most highly publicized shootings in New York City's history.
Michele Beaulieux

Will Cosby and Lieb Be the Exceptions or the Turning Point?

Michele Beaulieux | February 9, 2016 | Crime
The reason some people are above the law is because of advice like Nussbaum's. She doubts people will stand up to power and tells survivors that seeking justice is futile. Nussbaum is wrong. Some people will stand up -- sometimes at great personal cost -- and survivors can find justice.
Mariana van Zeller

The Candidates Have it Wrong About Heroin in New Hampshire and Elsewhere

Mariana van Zeller | February 9, 2016 | Politics
These days, across New England, firefighters respond to more overdoses than fires. So many addicts have been found unconscious in bathroom stalls that fast food chains like Dunkin' Donuts have changed their locks to make it easier for first responders.
Johnny L. Ricks

End the Suffering in Flint: A Message to America and Its Government

Johnny L. Ricks | February 8, 2016 | Politics
The citizens of Flint deserve much more than a steady convoy of trucks carrying privately donated bottled water. They deserve a full-fledged humanitarian military deployment, and a steady convoy of trucks carrying the equipment needed to repair their broken infrastructure and homes.
Raleigh Sadler

Finding Hope in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Raleigh Sadler | February 8, 2016 | Religion
Human trafficking, or the exploitation of vulnerabilities for commercial gain, can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. This type of injustice is nothing new.
Sharda Sekaran

Michael Moore's New Film Features Portugal's Groundbreaking Policy of Not Arresting People for Drug Use

Sharda Sekaran | February 8, 2016 | Politics
Many Americans may not be aware of Portugal and its foray into becoming a global leader in drug policy innovation. Nearly fifteen years ago, in response to a growing opiate misuse public health crisis, the government of Portugal shifted their entire approach to drug use away from arrest and punishment and towards public health.
Andrew Stengel

Lions and Tigers and Kangaroos -- in New York City -- Oh My!

Andrew Stengel | February 8, 2016 | Crime
The list of banned wild animals in New York City also includes pets that could be kept in an aquarium: venomous spiders like tarantulas and many kinds of venomous snakes.
Skyler Gray

If the O.J. Simpson Trial Happened in 2016

Skyler Gray | February 8, 2016 | Crime
Growing up in a family of criminal defense lawyers in Los Angeles, I naturally became fascinated with the O.J. Simpson murder trial at a young age. I was six years old during Simpson's 1995 trial, but I surely remember hearing people talk about the case, watching the Bronco car chase...
Jessica Mindich

'We Are Doing Something About It' -- How 3 Detroit High School Seniors Are Fighting Illegal Gun Violence

Jessica Mindich | February 9, 2016 | Crime
Someone dies from gun violence every 16 minutes in America. YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT is a series of frank interviews with passionate men and women who are leaders, activists, experts and mentors on the subject of illegal gun violence in America. All of them...
Marian Wright Edelman

Leading the March Towards Criminal Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | February 5, 2016 | Politics
Bryan Stevenson is unwavering in that vision and in lifting his voice of great moral clarity at the forefront of the struggle. Every new hard-earned and overdue victory should remind us all that we must keep moving towards greater justice for all.
Ariel Zwang

Sex Trafficking Increases Around The Super Bowl. Truth Or Myth?

Ariel Zwang | February 5, 2016 | Impact
Texas Governor Greg Abbott previously went on record to call the Super Bowl "the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States." This simply isn't true. The Super Bowl sex trafficking hype is just that.
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