Can we help a person to actually change and become a healthy member of society, and if so how? Where rehabilitation is possible, this should be our goal, but understanding what is specifically wrong neurobiologically is key to successful rehabilitation.
Anti-trans violence is not going away anytime soon. My last blog post on anti-trans violence touched on issues that deserve far greater consideration than I'm capable of providing in one post, so this time I'm responding to some comments I've received over the past week.
Black Voices News,
Martin Luther King,
Florida Death Penalty,
Florida Death Row,
Timely Justice Act,
The bill -- passed by the Florida legislature and now awaiting the signature of Governor Rick Scott -- would expedite the death penalty process in the Sunshine state.
Michelle Knight Kidnapping,
Amanda Berry Kidnapping,
Missing Women Cleveland,
Like many of you, I have been horrified by the atrocities allegedly perpetrated by another Ariel -- Ariel Castro.
The scourge of sexual violence in the military should be intolerable to all Americans and it's time to bring it to an end once and for all. We must commit ourselves not just to a zero tolerance policy, but we need to get to a point of zero occurrence.
There is an order or organization in destructive human behavior which can be illuminated with research and clinical observation -- and can have many implications for intervention. Neuroscience is providing a major piece of the puzzle towards this understanding -- but only a piece.
For me, ibogaine was my saving grace. After I returned from Holland 11 years ago, I was opiate-free, happier than I'd been in years, and had no desire to go back to using heroin or other drugs.
For 30 years, CCA's profits have grown because more people are behind bars. For CCA, the fact that America incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world isn't a human tragedy -- it's something they celebrate, because it makes them rich.
Community Partners Against Terrorism,
National Security Privacy,
Security is a real need, of course, but know-nothing security flouts that need, often enough both ignoring and aggravating the real dangers we face while, at the same time, inflicting massive inconvenience on people innocently caught in its web.
It is important to teach children how to avoid being seized, how to resist a potential captor and how to escape. Kids are vulnerable and trusting, and it is our job as parents to remind them of basic safety rules.
Criminal Justice Reform,
Juvenile Life In Prison,
Juvenile Life No Parole,
Juvenile Life Without Parole,
Murder Victims Family Members,
Separation Of Powers,
It's May now, and the Illinois legislature has already taken up measures to try to fix the concealed carry law. The fix on juvenile life sentences? Still waiting.
My trial took less than a week. I was sentenced to death. I spent nearly 18 years on death row, a traumatic and heartbreaking time for me and my family. I never stopped fighting for my freedom.
On Thursday, the Drug Policy Alliance will release An Exit Strategy for the Failed War on Drugs. This comprehensive report contains 75 broad and incremental recommendations for legislative reforms.
It's only a short step from "don't cry like a girl" and "don't be a bitch" to "women are inferior." These assumptions and connections, part of what many are calling "toxic masculinity," enable violence against gay (or "effeminate" men) and violence against women alike.
Some may argue that prosecutors need every tool at their disposal to find traffickers and hold them accountable. But allowing condoms to continue to be used as evidence in trafficking cases would be detrimental to the health of the very people we are trying to help.
As millions of cable viewers hang on the question of whether Jodi Arias will be sentenced to death, a different question comes to mind: is it really a death-penalty case?
Right To Life,
Jodi Arias Travis Alexander,
Jodi Arias Trial,
Should Jodi Arias and other convicted murderers be allowed to choose the death penalty? At first glance, the death penalty appears to be the harsher sentence but if Arias prefers death, does life in prison become the harsher sentence?
Mike Gray's book, Drug Crazy, effectively utilizes "street stories" featuring cops, addicts, drug treatment workers and more to illustrate the real-life impact of drug policies -- which are his primary focus. According to him, the "drug war" has been a failure on many fronts.
Rowan Scarborough's article published Sunday in the Washington Times is a perfect illustration of a culture of misogyny and victim blaming, which has perpetuated the ongoing epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the United States Military.
Whether the parents knew or not, I wonder, did Tamerlane Tsarnaev Google his name? Did he discover his namesake? Did he see that a monster could carve out a page in history that stood the test of time for over 600 years?