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Brooklyn Defender Services

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Connecting the Dots: The Entire Criminal Justice System Is in Need of an Overhaul

Brooklyn Defender Services | August 21, 2014 | Crime
We must use our consciousness of these egregious abuses to consider an overhaul of the criminal justice system at large. We must amend our discovery laws, add an expungement option, make exceptions to mandatory minimums and change our philosophy on pre-trial detention.
Elizabeth Broadbent

A Mother's White Privilege

Elizabeth Broadbent | August 21, 2014 | Parents
For a mother, white privilege means your heart doesn't hit your throat when your kids walk out the door. It means you don't worry that the cops will shoot your sons.
Joseph P. Viteritti

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The NYPD: A Work in Progress

Joseph P. Viteritti | August 21, 2014 | New York
I had grown up in a predominately Irish neighborhood in Brooklyn, where better-behaved boys went on to become cops and others went to jail. The distance between the two was never that far. They could be friends or brothers, the sons of dock workers and office maids in Mayor Robert Wagner's New York.
Tyler Kingkade

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7 Things That Are Not Like Rape

Tyler Kingkade | August 21, 2014 | Women
Rape is not like stealing a bike. Women -- or men, for that matter -- do not have a responsibility to "lock themselves up" to avoid rape.
Arianna Huffington

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Ferguson: The Untold Story

Arianna Huffington | August 21, 2014 | Media
Think you have a pretty good idea of what's going on in Ferguson, Missouri? You may not, even if you've been watching a lot of cable news. Especially if you've been watching a lot of cable news. If the media's job is to give viewers and readers an accurate and full idea of what's really going on, we have to acknowledge that there is a long way to go. Of course, Ferguson is not an isolated case. But it is a chance for those of us in the media to expand our understanding of our role in covering the news. At HuffPost we are certainly covering the violence and the underlying racial tensions, but we are also committed to telling the "untold story" (as our splash put it on Tuesday) -- of compassion, ingenuity, kindness, trust, collaboration and community.
Deborah Jacobs

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Police Accountability After Ferguson

Deborah Jacobs | August 21, 2014 | Crime
Improving policing in departments with entrenched cultures has proven a challenging endeavor. Departmental culture plays a defining role in how police officers conduct their work, and it flows from the top, or, as they say, rots from the head.
Michael Skolnik

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Unarmed and White: Why I Won't Get Shot by the Police

Michael Skolnik | August 21, 2014 | Politics
Acknowledging our white privilege is no longer good enough. It is simply the first step to realizing that the death of Mike Brown is not an isolated incident, nor are the protests that have ensued since.
Julie Bergman Sender

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In the Wake of the Shooting Death of Ezell Ford, the Elephant Has Outgrown the Room: It's Time to Re-Imagine Law Enforcement

Julie Bergman Sender | August 21, 2014 | Los Angeles
The similarities between Ford's death and Michael Brown's death beg not just for answers as to why this continues to be a common occurrence, but also demand swift and permanent change.
Gary Pieters

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The Changing, Militarized Face of Policing Shatters Public Trust and Confidence

Gary Pieters | August 21, 2014 | Black Voices
I am still trying to deconstruct why the Ferguson community's outpouring of grief, loss and anger was met with such an impersonal, aggressive and unrelenting show of militarized police use of force uncharacteristic of peacetime policing.
Sharda Sekaran

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From Michael Brown to Trayvon Martin -- Racism Fueled by the Drug War

Sharda Sekaran | August 20, 2014 | Politics
Aggressively punitive and extreme drug policies are steeped in racism. Inherent in the response to drug law enforcement is a biased approach and stark double standards in the perceived threat of drug use by marginalized people.
Steve Drizin

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Northwestern and Michigan Are Partners in the Pursuit of Justice for the Wrongfully Convicted

Steve Drizin | August 20, 2014 | Crime
Although Michigan and Northwestern may battle one another in Big Ten sports, although our universities may fight each other for the best and the brightest students, we have become powerful partners in the pursuit of justice.
Christopher Zoukis

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If They Lock Me Up, Call My Attorney: The Culture of Retaliation in the Federal Bureau of Prisons

Christopher Zoukis | August 20, 2014 | Crime
The Federal Bureau of Prisons has a long and colorful history of retaliating against inmates for the exercise of their legal rights. Over the years, I have learned to expect the worst when dealing with these officials. This desensitization occurs, in the literal as well as the figurative sense.
Robert Slayton

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The LAPD and Modern Policing

Robert Slayton | August 20, 2014 | Crime
There has been a lot of concern recently over the militarization of police forces. It started with the LAPD.
Terrell McSweeny

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Savvy Shopping with Your Smartphone

Terrell McSweeny | August 20, 2014 | Technology
Sometimes it seems like there's an app for everything. While these are often useful innovations, it is important to remember that not all of them are providing protections if something goes wrong with your purchase.
realtor.com

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4 Things to Know Before Suing Your Landlord

realtor.com | August 20, 2014 | HuffPost Home
The amount you're suing for will determine which court you'll go to, but in most cases you'll wind up in small claims court. Rules and compensation limits for small claims court vary by state, so ask your small claims clerk about local fees and rules.
Bob Herbert

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The Fire This Time

Bob Herbert | August 20, 2014 | Politics
The idea that America had reached some level of post-racism with the election of Barack Obama was always delusionary. But it was true that great strides had been made in the half-century or so that followed the civil rights movement. Now, because of the persistence of racism and a relaxation of the fight against it, we are moving backwards.
Tiffany Aliche

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I'm Black and 'Well-Behaved,' but I'm Still Mike Brown

Tiffany Aliche | August 20, 2014 | Black Voices
I hate the fact that people pretend that if you're black and keep out of trouble and do the "right" things, you'll be protected. That's a lie! I've never been in trouble, yet I'm almost always afraid of law enforcement. I've seen too many things to feel safe.
Christopher Emdin

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5 Ways to Teach About Michael Brown and Ferguson in the New School Year

Christopher Emdin | August 20, 2014 | Education
Over the last few weeks students have been inundated with news on the events in Ferguson, Missouri. These updates are shaping the ways that youth make sense of media, the police, their lives, and their future. For this reason it is imperative that teachers find a way to bring this issue into the classroom.
Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

New Stanford Criminal Justice Study Right, But Incomplete and Misleading

Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. | August 20, 2014 | Crime
Giving up on talking about race or facts because of the Stanford study would be a sad high-jacking of criminal justice discourse in our country.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

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Holder Has a Compelling Case in the Brown Killing

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | August 20, 2014 | Black Voices
There are several factors within federal law that Holder has to look at to make the final decision whether to go forward with a prosecution.
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