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Frank Vogl

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The World's Leaders Are Failing To Curb Corruption. Here's Why.

Frank Vogl | September 21, 2014 | Crime
Rogue current and former dictators and global bribe-paying giant corporations are enjoying levels of impunity, which only encourage international corruption and money laundering. The G20 needs to use this event to forcefully declare "NO IMPUNITY."
Soraya Chemaly

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How Many of the Hundreds of Thousands of Untested Rape Kits in the US Are in Your City?

Soraya Chemaly | September 19, 2014 | Crime
Seventeen states have introduced measures addressing backlogs. What about the others? Has your state or city take any action? Does your police department even know how many untested kits exist?
Gary Barker, Ph.D.

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In Brazil, the World Cup Is Over But the Sexual Violence Continues

Gary Barker, Ph.D. | September 19, 2014 | World
A few short weeks after the World Cup ended in Rio de Janeiro, four military police officers were arrested for the rape of three young women in a Rio de Janeiro favela. This episode and others have pointed to continual patterns of sexual violence in Brazil.
Adam Banner

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The NFL's Handling of Domestic Violence Allegations Gives New Meaning to "Fantasy Football"

Adam Banner | September 19, 2014 | Crime
Obviously, the inconsistency in the League's response to certain violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy is becoming a serious issue.
Joel Cohen

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NFL's Bad Actors and Head Injuries

Joel Cohen | September 19, 2014 | Crime
If the "bad actors" are acting badly because of severe, or too many, hits to the head, shouldn't everyone, especially the NFL, want to know it?
Eliot Borenstein

Is Being a Bad Parent a Crime?

Eliot Borenstein | September 18, 2014 | Parents
Holding parents criminally responsible would constitute bad legislation, even worse public policy, and a distressing sign that we as a country have completely failed to understand the relationships among individuals, families, and public institutions.
Stephen Gutwillig

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A Crucial Election Season for Legalizing Marijuana and Ending the Drug War

Stephen Gutwillig | September 18, 2014 | Politics
In seven weeks, voters across the country will have a chance to accelerate the unprecedented momentum to legalize marijuana and end the wider drug war. In fact, there are more drug policy reform questions on the ballot this November than ever in American history.
Quora

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Tips From Former Police Officers on How to Avoid Getting That Traffic Ticket

Quora | September 19, 2014 | Crime
If you were reasonable, and the infraction was not reckless or dangerous to others, you'd usually get a break from me. Once. I had a long memory.
Richard Brodsky

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Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Roger Goodell and Quasimodo: Sanctuary, Sanctuary

Richard Brodsky | September 18, 2014 | Sports
Professional sports have been given a zone of immunity from the normal social, political and economic constraints that apply to the rest of us. Players and owners live in a sanctuary of a kind that the Hunchback of Notre Dame would understand. Enter these premises and the law doesn't apply. No more.
Ian Buruma

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Art And Violence

Ian Buruma | September 18, 2014 | Books
There is a commonly held Romantic notion that great suffering is the source of great art. If this were true, the world would probably be blessed with far more great art.
Chris Edwards

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CNN's 'U.S. vs. Whitey' Will Shake Your Faith in Federal Government

Chris Edwards | September 18, 2014 | Media
There was always talk that the fibbies looked the other way when it came to Bulger because he was an informant. But was he really? Based on what I saw in this documentary, the answer was no... or at least more no than yes.
David Freudberg

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ISIS and the Ku Klux Klan

David Freudberg | September 17, 2014 | Politics
So today, as we wrestle with how to understand the ISIS gang -- who sanctimoniously cite a religious basis for their barbaric acts -- it is worth remembering the lunatic claims of religious legitimacy made by America's own home-grown terror network.
Christopher Zoukis

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Drugs Minus Two FAQ: Everything You Need to Know About Amendment 782

Christopher Zoukis | September 16, 2014 | Crime
The retroactive amendment represents a watershed moment in federal drug sentencing that will likely bring relief to tens of thousands of federal prisoners. To clear up some misconceptions on the matter, we're presenting answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
Clay Calvert

Religious Crimes and Free Speech: From Pussy Riot to Fellatio with Jesus Statuary, the Controversies Keep on Coming

Clay Calvert | September 16, 2014 | Crime
Whenever religion becomes involved, sophomoric stunts by 14-year-old boys become no laughing matter to the offended.
Addison Rose Vincent

State of Emergency for Transgender Women of Color

Addison Rose Vincent | September 16, 2014 | Gay Voices
Self-defense is murder when you're a transgender woman of color. According to an Aug. 22 Facebook post by trans-rights activist Channyn Lynne Parker, Eisha Love defended her life in the midst of an alleged hate crime in late August and now faces a 10-year sentence for attempted murder.
Renaldo Pearson

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The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 4 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | September 15, 2014 | Politics
As we witness the drug and criminal justice policies of the "greatest democracy in the world" lag behind those of an ever expanding list of other countries around the world, more and more are coming down on the right side of history.
Mike Weisser

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New Missouri Law Will Allow Teachers to Carry Guns, Defying Statistics and Common Sense

Mike Weisser | September 15, 2014 | Politics
Having seen the impact of easier handgun access on gun homicide rates, the legislature in its wisdom now believes that it will move the gospel of "good guys with guns protecting us from bad guys with guns" into the schools.
Andy Ostroy

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What Ray Rice Needs

Andy Ostroy | September 19, 2014 | Crime
Rage has no brain. Rage doesn't stop to think about consequences. Rage acts first and thinks later. It cannot be "treated" punitively.
Nathan Newman

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How Big Data Enables Economic Harm to Low-Income Consumers

Nathan Newman | September 15, 2014 | Technology
While this data unquestionably increases the efficiency of the economy in numerous ways, what is in question is whether consumers are ultimately benefitting significantly from those productivity gains or whether that surplus is being largely captured by these "big data platforms."
Lev Raphael

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Do College Towns Really Need Tanks to Keep Them Safe?

Lev Raphael | September 13, 2014 | Crime
The people of Davis, California don't think so, as The New York Times reports this week. Their police department is returning the Pentagon's gift of a "mine-resistant, ambush-protected" motorized tank (MRAP).
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