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Stefanie Jones

Will Putting Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Behind Bars Accomplish Anything?

Stefanie Jones | May 28, 2015 | Crime
Friday, Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht will be sentenced. He faces the possibility of between 30 years to life behind bars because drugs were bought and sold on his website. But Silk Road's online marketplace actually reduced the harms of drugs in several key ways.
Arthur Rizer

The Militarized Mentality of the Police (Part 2 of 3)

Arthur Rizer | May 28, 2015 | Crime
Until thia mentality is addressed, too many civilians only suspected of a crime, or simply in the way, will continue to be bullied, beaten, or worse. America's current focus on this issue will likely limit the instances of brutality and misconduct in the near future.
Aspen Institute

From Prison to College: Here's Why Education Matters

Aspen Institute | May 28, 2015 | Crime
Before we all went to college, we went to prison. In that unlikely place, we began our educational journeys. We discussed books while walking the prison yard -- sharpening our minds, and in the process, more deeply understanding ourselves.
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

President's Task Force a Springboard for Policing Reforms

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | May 28, 2015 | Politics
While the Task Force's final report, released this week, does include some smart recommendations that could improve the criminal justice system, they missed two key opportunities to reform police practices.
Kevin Sali

An "Elite" Forensic Unit Falls From Grace

Kevin Sali | May 28, 2015 | Crime
With the spate of recent high-profile events in which officers' accounts have been shown to be demonstrably at odds with other reliable evidence, citizens may be starting to reconsider the wisdom of reflexively deferring to the police. Could the same trend develop with forensic analysts?
Pia de Jong

One Day in Court: All the Justice You Can Afford

Pia de Jong | May 28, 2015 | Crime
-- Illustration by Eliane Gerrits "You have the right to remain silent," says the judge, sitting at a high podium in front of a monumental wall. At one side of him stands a police officer with a shining revolver at his belt;...
Adam Levin

5 Ways Your Email Address Can Be Used Against You

Adam Levin | May 28, 2015 | Crime
Email addresses are like opinions--nearly everyone has one. It is the most public piece of personal information you have besides your name. But what you may not know about your email address could hurt you.
Chelsea Stone

Josh Duggar's Acts of Sexual Abuse Are Not 'Alleged'

Chelsea Stone | May 27, 2015 | Entertainment
There is proof, including the admissions of the perpetrator, his parents, and wife, that Josh Duggar sexually abused young girls. There is nothing "alleged" about this. "Semantics," maybe you say. "Rape culture," I reply.
Judy Farah

Stranger Posts Pics of a Teen Girl's Bare Breasts. Guess What? It's Not a Crime

Judy Farah | May 27, 2015 | Crime
She trusted him. Maybe it was one of her high school friends. Someone she was close with. Or maybe it was a crush. Or someone she wanted to notice her. Maybe he coaxed her into doing it, saying "Don't worry. It's just between you and me."
Tara Lai Quinlan

Shifting American Police From Warriors to Guardians

Tara Lai Quinlan | May 27, 2015 | Crime
The entrenched police warrior model in many American police departments can operate in a manner similar to a domestic military service, where hard policing tactics like confrontation and use of force are primary tools relied upon to achieve desired crime control objectives.
American Anthropological Association

Depraved Hearts?

American Anthropological Association | May 27, 2015 | Crime
Once upon a time police, they said, were a child's best friend; the friendly cop on the corner with the big belly and the funny hat patted lost kids on the head and returned them to their mammas. Of course that was true -- a gazillion picture books said so.
Deborah Hersman

DEA-led 'pill mill' raids will save lives

Deborah Hersman | May 27, 2015 | Crime
When the Drug Enforcement Administration and other law officers carried out their four-state raid on pain clinics and 'pill mills' across the South on Wednesday, they preemptively saved thousands of lives and arrested some of the country's most unassuming sources of illegal drug activity.
Beverly Iniguez-Conrique

When Prison Causes More Harm Than Good

Beverly Iniguez-Conrique | May 26, 2015 | Crime
While the U.S. prison system should exert some amount of punishment, our prisons irrationally exert it on prisoners to the point where it counterproductively causes more harm than good.
Burke E. Strunsky

Want to Know How to Recruit a Terrorist? Just Ask a Gangster . . .

Burke E. Strunsky | May 27, 2015 | Crime
In efforts to limit the radicalization of American youth by ISIS, it is wise to employ strategies that have been most effective in combating the recruitment of young people by domestic criminal street gangs.
Rev. Al Sharpton

To Win Battleground of Ohio, Republicans Must Address Police Brutality and Reform

Rev. Al Sharpton | May 26, 2015 | Politics
For the last quarter of a century, NAN and I have advocated on behalf of many victims of racial violence at the hands of police. But in all those years, I've never seen a situation that will force a national election to deal with policing as I do now. Translation: GOP candidates will actually have to deal with policing as an issue.
Mehroz Baig

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Dilemma of Temporary Outrage

Mehroz Baig | May 26, 2015 | Impact
It's a matter of common sense that the shortcuts we take to avoid paying large sums of money mean that someone somewhere is being exploited for that price tag to be what it is.
Mike Weisser

Twin Peaks Shootout Destroys NRA's 'Good Guys With Guns' Theory

Mike Weisser | May 26, 2015 | Politics
There may have been more than 100 bikers at Twin Peaks, all of whom believed they were 'good guys' who needed to carry guns in case a 'bad guy' from another gang was also armed.
Reboot Illinois

5 of the Oldest Prisoners in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | May 26, 2015 | Chicago
While many people might think of criminals as young people, some of the about 48,000 prisoners in the Illinois Department of Corrections system are much older than most of Illinois' non-incarcerated residents.
Christopher Zoukis

New Zealand Prisoners in the Information Age: NZ's Newest Prison Permits Inmates to Use Cell Phones, Computers, and Tablets

Christopher Zoukis | May 27, 2015 | Crime
In addition to such innovative, research-based housing, the prison industries program is robust. Serco has come to agreements with industrial partners Cabins To Go, PlaceMakers, and Envirowaste for inmate training.
Bill Blum

Will We Ever See Justice for Freddie Gray?

Bill Blum | May 25, 2015 | Crime
Now that another killer cop has been acquitted in Cleveland, I'll get straight to the point and answer the question posed by the title of this post about Baltimore's Freddie Gray with a single word: No.
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