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Hector Villagra

Police Misconduct Needs 'Broken Windows' Approach

Hector Villagra | July 30, 2015 | Los Angeles
On the same day a female Los Angeles Police officer was sentenced to 36 months for delivering hard kicks to the groin of a handcuffed woman who later died, a homeless woman with mental illness was facing 25 years to life for merely picking up a police baton.
David Halperin

Massachusetts Attorney General: For-Profit College Kaplan Deceived Students

David Halperin | July 30, 2015 | College
Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey today announced settlements of her investigations of two large for-profit college chains for unfair and deceptive student recruiting practices. Kaplan will pay $1.375 million to former students, and Lincoln Tech will pay out about $1 million.
Joe Peacock

Why the Death of a Lion In Zimbabwe Is Getting More Attention Than (Insert Your Personal Cause Here)

Joe Peacock | July 30, 2015 | Crime
Why has Cecil galvanized us so, when clearly there are equally horrific events taking place all over everywhere?
Arkady Bukh

16 Things you Must Do When Your Credit Card Has Been Stolen

Arkady Bukh | July 30, 2015 | Crime
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.
Loretta Lynch

Second Chances Vital to Criminal Justice Reform

Loretta Lynch | July 30, 2015 | Politics
In order to truly make our communities safer, we must make sure that people who have served their time are able to fully and productively engage in our society -- whether through education or employment or some other constructive means.
John W. Whitehead

Drivers, Beware: The Costly, Deadly Dangers of Traffic Stops in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | July 30, 2015 | Crime
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.
Michael Shaw

Reading the Pictures: State Proves Sandra Bland Not Dead in Her Mug Shot -- Helpful as Honey on a Biscuit

Michael Shaw | July 30, 2015 | Crime
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.
Eric E. Sterling

How Can Obama Fulfill His Pledges for Sweeping Criminal Justice Reform and Redeem His Policy Legacy?

Eric E. Sterling | July 30, 2015 | Politics
if Obama forcefully takes advantage of the current opportunity -- instead of simply exploiting this momentary news cycle to bask in the applause of liberal commentators -- the proposals in his July 14 speech will leave a genuine legacy of criminal justice reform.
Jeronimo Saldaña

The Murders Don't Stop -- War on Drugs Responsible for Outrageous Death Toll in Mexico

Jeronimo Saldaña | July 29, 2015 | Latino Voices
While Latinos have the power to end the failed war on drugs in the ballot box, we have an obligation to speak out now against the violence enacted on our bodies by bad laws and misguided policies.
Charles McKinney

Small Business Wins With Fair-Chance Hiring

Charles McKinney | July 29, 2015 | Business
I'm proof that a person with a conviction record can have business acumen and be extremely successful. Formerly incarcerated workers can bring a maturity, life perspective, and work ethic that is uniquely borne through overcoming obstacles.

How Do Police Officers Feel About Legalizing Drugs?

Quora | July 30, 2015 | Crime
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.
Elaine Pawlowski

Drug Courts: Criminal Approach to a Public Health Issue

Elaine Pawlowski | July 29, 2015 | Crime
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.
Christine Leonard

100 Million Reasons We Need Justice Reform -- One Blueprint for How to Do It

Christine Leonard | July 30, 2015 | Politics
One in three Americans -- as many as 100 million adults -- has a criminal record. Because a criminal history record creates barriers to housing, education and employment, it can often stand between another chance and another visit to prison.
Steven Petite

Tragedy Strikes Concord, OH: A Senseless Killing Poses Questions About Immigration Policies

Steven Petite | July 29, 2015 | Crime
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.
Hector Sharp

The Problem With Janis Powers' Comparison of Her Run-in With Kiwi Police to Sandra Bland's Death

Hector Sharp | July 29, 2015 | Crime
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.
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Yes, Marital Rape Happens, and it is Terrible

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | July 29, 2015 | Religion
Marital rape is a serious and frequently occurring form of domestic violence. Marital rape strikes at the heart of the marriage covenant, taking the promise, as in some Christian marriage ceremonies, to "cherish" the body of the spouse and turning into to a horror.
Lorenzo Johnson

Hurry Up and Wait for Justice: The Struggles of Innocent Prisoners

Lorenzo Johnson | July 28, 2015 | Crime
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.

Does Posting Trespassers Will Be Shot Signs Give You Freedom to Do So?

Quora | July 29, 2015 | Crime
So long as you haven't agreed to any limitations on the appearance of your home (such as through a Homeowners Association or deed restriction), you're free to put up any signs you want, regardless of how violent, offensive, or profane they may be to others.
Jee Park

13 Years for 2 Joints? Governor Jindal Needs to Follow Obama's Commutation Lead

Jee Park | July 28, 2015 | Crime
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.
Christina Larmer

On Ann Rule: A Personal Tribute to a True Crime Trailblazer

Christina Larmer | July 28, 2015 | Crime
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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