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Amos Irwin

The People the Pot Laws Forgot

Amos Irwin | August 28, 2015 | Politics
In states where their once-illegal actions have become legal, people are still haunted by their records. Voters have legalized recreational marijuana through ballot initiatives in four states. But these initiatives do not affect the old marijuana convictions that burden 4 million Americans.
Valerie Sobel

The Day I Was Terrorized By Virtual Kidnappers

Valerie Sobel | August 28, 2015 | Crime
Two days ago (August 24, 2015) at 12:49 pm Pacific time, I received a phone call, "This is a kidnap ransom demand call," that for a fleeting second I considered a joke. After my light response it was immediately made clear to me that I either "listen up!" or my daughter is dead.
Janson Wu

Everything Is Rent

Janson Wu | August 28, 2015 | Gay Voices
The opening number about the struggles of paying rent and avoiding eviction, ends with: "'Cause everything is rent." In the case of Rentboy.com, that line takes on new dimensions. For so many LGBT individuals, sex work is a necessity, in order to pay for rent and food, healthcare and so on.
Jim Liske

Jail Suicide Is Not Justice

Jim Liske | August 28, 2015 | Crime
The most dangerous thing in jail isn't a fight among prisoners or an officer using excessive force. It's not even cancer or heart disease. The leading cause of death in our nation's jails is suicide, and it's becoming more common.
Randall Jenson

3 LGBTQ Homicides of People of Color in Kansas City

Randall Jenson | August 28, 2015 | Gay Voices
The murders of Jasmine Collins, Tamara Dominguez and Dionte Greene put Kansas City's LGBTQ communities in a state of crisis. 3 LGBTQ homicides, also of people of color, have now occurred in the past year.
Dr. Gail Gross

It's Time to Pay More Attention to Mental Health in the U.S.

Dr. Gail Gross | August 28, 2015 | Crime
We always look to the weapon a person uses, but we need to look at the person who's using the weapon. If a person has cancer, we would understand that he needs medical attention. But when someone has mental problems, there is still a cloud of negativity attached.
Alison Bass

Rentboy Raid Latest Salvo in Government's Counterproductive War on Sex

Alison Bass | August 28, 2015 | Crime
The Rentboy raid is just the latest salvo in what civil rights attorneys and sex worker rights advocates say is an "ongoing war against sex" by the government.
John A. Tures

More Evidence That Gun Sales Aren't Doing So Well

John A. Tures | August 28, 2015 | Crime
You'll find no shortage of articles, liberal and conservative, that claim gun sales are still booming, even after the Newtown, Connecticut shooting. They rarely, if ever, cite gun sales statistics. They note membership in a gun group like the NRA. Or they'll list background check data.
Arkady Bukh

Tips for the Accredited Investor to Avoid Being Scammed

Arkady Bukh | August 28, 2015 | Crime
If you are presented with an opportunity to invest in an unregistered offering, in addition to thoroughly investigating an investment--and the expert selling it--you should be on the lookout for some potential scams.
Brian Hanley

Can Watching Shootings on Social Media Cause PTSD?

Brian Hanley | August 28, 2015 | Crime
I was sitting at my desk, scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, when I stumbled upon the Roanoke shooting video. It started playing automatically. I had no choice but to watch those two people die.
Hassan Aden

Decision Points: Police Should Engage in Local Justice System Reform to Build Trust and Strengthen Communities

Hassan Aden | August 28, 2015 | Crime
There is no singular solution to the crisis in local justice systems that many communities face. Only by focusing on the criminal justice system holistically can we help prevent unnecessary jail stays and reduce the problem of mass incarceration.
Jaye Watson

Roanoke: He Was Not One of Us

Jaye Watson | August 28, 2015 | Media
The live aspect of our business is just one of the many reasons that television news is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for the thin-skinned. And in the hours after we found out that Adam and Alison's killer was someone who had been a journalist, I had one thought -- he wasn't one of us.
Kevin Sali

What's the Future of the Death Penalty in America?

Kevin Sali | August 28, 2015 | Crime
One development that's significantly affected the course of capital punishment in America is the fact that death penalty opponents have been extremely effective in making it increasingly difficult to actually secure and impose a death sentence.
Quora

Why We Should Thank Defense Attorneys For Defending Criminals

Quora | August 28, 2015 | Crime
It does not follow that just because a defense attorney represents a person who has committed terrible crimes, that the attorney wants everybody to be allowed to do the same thing. At first blush, it is easy to understand how someone might make that mistake. Careful thought, however, will make the answer clear.
Dale Cooper

Rentboy: For What It's Worth

Dale Cooper | August 27, 2015 | Gay Voices
The message from the federal government has largely been a threat to the lives and livelihood of US citizens, who are, it must be said, under the law, criminals.
Christina Rice

New Exhibition: 'The First With the Latest! Aggie Underwood, the Los Angeles Herald and the Sordid Crimes of a City'

Christina Rice | August 27, 2015 | Los Angeles
A picture may say 1,000 words, though there is possibly another story lurking just outside the frame. This is certainly the case with the images featured in "The First with the Latest! Aggie Underwood, the Los Angeles Herald, and the Sordid Crimes of a City."
Matt Baume

Feds Raid Rentboy.com -- Are We Any Safer?

Matt Baume | August 27, 2015 | Gay Voices
The story that we tell ourselves is that sex work is banned in order to protect victims of trafficking and exploitation. And while that's a worthwhile goal, there's just one problem: Arresting people who exchange money for sex may not stop exploitation, and in fact might make things worse.
Hannah Hussey

Juvenile Justice Reform Must Address the Unique Needs of LGBTQ Girls

Hannah Hussey | August 27, 2015 | Politics
Far too many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning youth who encounter the juvenile justice system are placed in facilities that fail to address past experiences of trauma or where they are at risk for sexual violence.
Debbie Hines

A Violent Tale of Two Cities

Debbie Hines | August 27, 2015 | Black Voices
Baltimore and the District of Columbia are alike in that they want answers and a greatly reduced violent crime rate. What is clear is that a one size fits all approach will not work to stop the increased violent crime in both cities.
Eric Lotke

Reversal After Ferguson Shooting. What Next?

Eric Lotke | August 27, 2015 | Crime
Much work still lies ahead. Reducing excessive court fines and fees would not have saved the life of Michael Brown. Reducing excessive court fines and fees will not stop the racially biased policing.
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