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Brandon L. Garrett

Serving Life for a Lie?

Brandon L. Garrett | October 8, 2015 | Crime
What happens when death is taken off the table? Last week, Missouri's Governor bravely and correctly decided not to execute Kimber Edwards, an autistic man sentenced to death by an all-white jury in 2002 for hiring a hit man to kill his ex-wife.
Alex M. Johnson

Building Positive Relationships to Break the School-To-Prison Pipeline

Alex M. Johnson | October 8, 2015 | Education
Fostering a positive learning environment requires investing time and resources. One important investment is a meaningful process for students, parents, educators, school staff, and others in the school community to shape and make decisions about school discipline based on the specific needs of their community.
Laura Dunn

John Walsh: 'Now is the time for victims' rights'

Laura Dunn | October 8, 2015 | Crime
John Walsh is passionate about victims' rights, and in his new role as the Justice Network's spokesperson, he will be hosting a series of hourly announcements dedicated to catching fugitives, protecting children and providing safety tips for viewers. Working in partnership with Crime Stoppers USA, The National...
Nick Norton

The Pariahs of America: Reforming Sex Offender Laws

Nick Norton | October 8, 2015 | Crime
The unmistakable tragedy of children and adults alike being the victims of sexual violence, brought the sex offender registry into being. Unfortunately, this long relied upon tool is an out of control source of abuse of the thousands registered.
Sezin Koehler

Rape is Not About Sex: A Notice to Damon Wayans and Everyone Who Still Doesn't Get It

Sezin Koehler | October 8, 2015 | Impact
Damon Wayans has joined the ranks of Cosby apologists with recent comments on The Breakfast Club radio show about Cosby's accusers being "un-rapeable" that highlight how clueless he is about the actual socio-cultural influences that lead to the crime of rape.
Jack Levin, Ph.D.

School Rampage Shootings: How to Reduce the Carnage

Jack Levin, Ph.D. | October 8, 2015 | Crime
In the aftermath of the massacre on the campus of Umpqua Community College, Americans are again debating the effectiveness of crime-fighting measures such as improved background checks and gun control laws.
Chelsea Manning

Military Haircuts

Chelsea Manning | October 7, 2015 | Gay Voices
Going through such a seismic, existential shift in my life  --  transitioning in a military prison -- presents real, meaningful, and daily challenges.
Camonghne Felix

The Dangerous Appeal of the Young Girl

Camonghne Felix | October 7, 2015 | Media
Nowhere in the world does a girl at 16 occupy the same social space as a woman at 26 -- and this has nothing to do with the way she is perceived or what is expected of her body. Before an individual can truly claim adulthood, some things that we have no control over must occur.
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

America is not Safe

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | October 7, 2015 | Crime
I have waited to write anything as I have watched the developments in the story of the horrific shooting in Oregon because I had to think. I had to think, to wonder, what is going on in America, and what I came up with is that America is not safe anymore.
Constance L. Rice

Facing the Challenge of Violence in South LA

Constance L. Rice | October 7, 2015 | Los Angeles
Recent coverage of crime spikes and "cyber banging" as new phenomena have missed some important aspects of what the LA basin is actually experiencing. Now that is not to say that recent articles are entirely wrong, but just missing the right context and some key facts.
Susan M. Shaw

God, Guns, and Feminist Theology

Susan M. Shaw | October 7, 2015 | Religion
Perhaps instead of convincing ourselves we need guns to protect ourselves, we need to ask questions about the structures and ideologies that make us fearful or the pressures of masculinity that make so many men feel they need a gun to feel like a real man.
Anthony Papa

6,000 People to Be Released From Federal Prison Following New Drug Sentencing Guidelines

Anthony Papa | October 6, 2015 | Politics
It was announced today that starting November 1, 6,000 federal prisoners are to be released from federal prison, an unprecedented move that is the result of changes made by the U.S. Sentencing Commission last year that lowered federal sentencing guidelines for people convicted under draconian drug war-era laws.
Michael Keegan

President 'Stuff Happens'?

Michael Keegan | October 6, 2015 | Politics
Jeb Bush's recent use of "stuff happens" perfectly encapsulates the attitude about gun violence that is now prevalent in the Republican Party. The fact that this "stuff" happens more in America than anywhere else in the developed world doesn't seem to change their mind that mass shootings are an inevitable act of nature.
Mia Toschi

Building Peace: Service-Learning Project Honors Martin Richard

Mia Toschi | October 6, 2015 | Education
Altogether -- 2015 has been one of the deadliest on record: 41 school shootings affecting tens of thousands of children, according to Erik Endress, CEO of Share911. We can't ignore the grim facts or enter into lengthy debates about gun policy. However, we can do something right now.
Bill Couzens

It's Personal

Bill Couzens | October 6, 2015 | Crime
School shootings must end. I appeal to you to reach out to civic and political leaders and make them act. Yes, there are solutions, and they lay with us. Children must not die in school and we must end these senseless deaths. Engage today. Get involved.
Angela Glover Blackwell

A National Call to Stop Excessive Force

Angela Glover Blackwell | October 6, 2015 | Black Voices
As incidents of police violence against people of color continue at an alarming pace, more and more people are refusing to tolerate these atrocities and have, instead, ignited conversations about transforming policing and overcoming systemic racial injustice.
Ian Reifowitz

Corporate Criminals Cheat Because They Don't Fear Jail Time. That Must Change. Now.

Ian Reifowitz | October 6, 2015 | Politics
When is someone at General Motors going to go to prison for the lives lost thanks to their cheating? Or Toyota? And although we may not be able to count the bodies today, we know that Volkswagen's cheating harms the environment, and that the dirtier air for which they are responsible will cut lives short.
Hope Loudon

Judge Gorcyca Stays on Tsimhoni Case, Denies Allegations of Bias

Hope Loudon | October 6, 2015 | Crime
The Tsimhoni Case soared into international headlines after Judge Gorcyca in Oakland County, Michigan ordered the three Tsimhoni children, Liam 14, Roee 10, and Natalie 9, to juvenile detention for defying her order demanding that they speak with their father who they claim is abusive.
Katherine Du

Juvenile Review Board: A Chance for Underage Greenwich Offenders to Avoid a Criminal Record

Katherine Du | October 5, 2015 | Crime
Prior to the introduction of the Greenwich Juvenile Review Board (JRB) in late 2008, every arrest in Greenwich, Connecticut was processed and sent directly to court.
Tony Newman

100 A-List Celebs Join Movement to Reduce Prison Population and Reform Mandatory Minimums

Tony Newman | October 5, 2015 | Politics
Amy Schumer, Steph Curry, Ed Norton, Jesse Williams, Chris Pine, Russell Simmons, and Piper Kerman are among the nearly 100 celebrities calling for reform to our criminal justice system.
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