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Phillip Martin

Killing Tsarnaev Part One: Experts Warn of the Cost of Martyrdom

Phillip Martin | April 27, 2015 | Crime
Everyone seems to have an opinion about which is the worse punishment. But there is another consideration that may have been overlooked in this discussion: The question of security posed by the very prospect of killing Tsarnaev.
Charles Howard

What My 10-Year-Old Daughter Taught Me About the Death of Freddie Gray

Charles Howard | April 25, 2015 | Black Voices
I'm always wary of the argument that all problems can and should be solved at home. I think that takes some of the responsibility off of other institutions that can bring about social change yet drastically need reform. But the role of parents and families is an important one -- particularly in the prevention of racial discrimination.
Martha T.S. Laham

What You Need to Know About Scams and Why Scammers Have You on Their Radar

Martha T.S. Laham | April 24, 2015 | Fifty
The number of different types of scams is limited only by the scammers' imagination to concoct them. Here are some common scams to watch out for.
David Rothenberg

An Open Letter to Seth Rogen

David Rothenberg | April 24, 2015 | Crime
At 81 years of age and the Founder of The Fortune Society, I was the old man in the room. The legal status of marijuana was of minor interest to me. Keeping these young people out of jail and prison was my major goal.
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Institutionalized Racism: National Security Threat and Mental Health Crisis

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | April 24, 2015 | Black Voices
Over the past nine months, the FBI has arrested five African Americans suspected of sympathizing with ISIS. These arrests necessitate an examination of why some African Americans might be drawn to violent extremist groups.
Christopher Brauchli

Drugs, Guns, or Life in Prison

Christopher Brauchli | April 24, 2015 | Politics
Herewith a study of the activities of two state legislatures that have dealt with identical problems in quite different ways. The two legislatures are in the states of Utah and Nebraska, and the reader may decide which of the two is the more enlightened.
Jody Weis

Citizens to Police: Let's Work Together

Jody Weis | April 23, 2015 | Crime
Despite recent headlines around citizen-police conflicts, new research shows that most U.S. citizens are satisfied with local police services. According to a new survey of 2,000 U.S. citizens by Accenture, 85 percent report they are satisfied with police services and 91 percent say they feel safe in their neighborhood.
Irene Khan

Can Smart Development and the Rule of Law Help Curb Crime?

Irene Khan | April 23, 2015 | Impact
Efforts to strengthen the rule of law pay off in ways that few other forms of development aid can. But success does not happen overnight. Legal reform, institution-building and greater levels of access to justice are initiatives that take time, financing and political will.
Joel Cohen

When You're the Witness With the Secret Video

Joel Cohen | April 23, 2015 | Crime
If you find yourself in the challenging position of having made such a recording, whatever you do, don't go it alone. Ideally, find that lawyer or advocate you can trust. If that is not realistic, find a person who recognizes that you will deliver the video, but who has your best interests at heart.
Tony Newman

How the War on Drugs Contributes to the '1.5 Million Missing Black Men'

Tony Newman | April 22, 2015 | Politics
On Monday, the New York Times published a deeply upsetting piece titled, "1.5 Million Missing Black Men." The numbers are shocking and offensive.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

We Must Protect Our Children From Abuse

Sen. Dianne Feinstein | April 22, 2015 | Politics
Incidents of child abuse are reported every 10 seconds, and each day five children die from child abuse. Around 3 million reports of child abuse are made each year, involving 6 million children. It's an epidemic that we must do more to confront.
Lorenzo Johnson

The Truth Is in the Numbers: Stop Wrongful Convictions

Lorenzo Johnson | April 23, 2015 | Crime
I'm one of many prisoners who are completely innocent, but continue to suffer at the hands of prosecutors who represent anything but justice. We are not guilty, so we don't want sympathy. We demand justice from the legal system that has failed us.
Anthony D. Romero

The Sun Must Go Down on the Patriot Act

Anthony D. Romero | April 26, 2015 | Politics
The current sunset debate is our first opportunity as a society to grapple with the mass-surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden, and we can't afford to let this opportunity pass us by.
T. Better Baldwin

White Reservation: The Justification of Breath and Those Who Take It Away

T. Better Baldwin | April 22, 2015 | Black Voices
My day ended with news of a Michael Brown memorial tree being chopped down in less than a day of it being planted. Amidst the maelstrom and versions of justice, it's hard to breathe when even the process of photosynthesis is being interrupted.
Gerald Landsberg

But They Don't Count, or Do They?

Gerald Landsberg | April 21, 2015 | New York
That the Justice Department database does not include information on police killings makes it much harder for advocates to fight for change effectively. Those who are not counted should be counted so an accurate number of police killings is available.
Arianna Huffington

Introducing the HuffPost What's Working Honor Roll: The Best Solutions Stories Out There, Every Day

Arianna Huffington | April 21, 2015 | Media
When we launched our What's Working editorial initiative, we knew we wanted to tell solutions-oriented stories using all the tools at our disposal on a global scale. So in addition to our original reporting and the robust conversations we're starting on the blog, we've now launched the What's Working Honor Roll, a daily morning roundup of the best solutions journalism around the world.
Jason Salzman

Longmont Killer Already Faces Life Sentence

Jason Salzman | April 21, 2015 | Denver
At the heart of Thursday's Denver Post editorial supporting a personhood bill introduced by State Sen. Bill Cadman is the argument that Colorado needs a new law to penalize people like Dynel Lane, who faces over 100 years in prison for cutting Michelle Wilkins's fetus from her womb.
Daniel Heimpel

Angel Enters Foster Care Through Probation's Door

Daniel Heimpel | April 20, 2015 | Impact
In the foster care system, it has long been recognized that to cut all aid at age 18 was to invite poor outcomes with disproportionately high numbers of foster youth experiencing homelessness, incarceration and diminished educational opportunity.
Mike Weisser

The NRA Has a New Reason for Gun Owners to Buy More Guns

Mike Weisser | April 20, 2015 | Politics
The problem with using crime as a rationale for owning guns is that violent crime in the United States keeps going down. For that matter, so does the percentage of older, white men, who just happen to be the demographic that buys and owns most of the guns.
Adam Galinsky

Aaron Hernandez's Red Flag

Adam Galinsky | April 17, 2015 | Crime
How did jurors reach this conclusion? They heard hours of testimony from dozens of people. But one witnesses' testimony stood out. And, surprisingly, it wasn't from a witness who was even with Aaron Hernandez the night of the murder.
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