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Steven Brill

An Uptick in Granting Suppression Motions: Is Stop-and-Frisk to Blame?

Steven Brill | April 17, 2014 | Crime
So what do we have here: an increased number of decisions to suppress, but fewer incidents of public displeasure with those decisions. So are times changing? Has public opinion, and thus political and judicial policy swung in the other direction?
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron


'Reefer Madness' Redux?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | April 17, 2014 | Crime
We seem to go a little nuts over weed -- I don't know why. And I'm afraid we're going to be reading lots of scary stories about it as more and more states make it legal.
Jessica S. Henry


Killing to Heal?: One Year After the Boston Bombing

Jessica S. Henry | April 17, 2014 | Crime
U.S. Attorney Eric Holder announced the federal government would seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev. But the death penalty, even in this horrible case, is unlikely to serve the interests of the people of Massachusetts and the taxpayers of America.
Sen. Claire McCaskill


Targeting Sexual Assaults on Campuses -- Starting With the Facts on the Ground

Sen. Claire McCaskill | April 17, 2014 | Politics
It's just as much a rape to take advantage of a classmate who's incapacitated in a dorm room as it is to assault a stranger at gunpoint. I fear that too many students at our colleges and universities think there's a difference.
John Wareham

How Poetry Alters Prison Inmates' Minds, Hearts, Hopes And Lives

John Wareham | April 17, 2014 | Books
There it is! An astonishing confession of crime, guilt and confusion within a memorable, stream of consciousness poem. It is also an elegant example of notion that victims exist at both ends of a gun.
Ann Jones


How America's Wars Came Home With the Troops

Ann Jones | April 17, 2014 | Politics
Ivan Lopez's killings at Fort Hood, while on a scale not often matched, are one more marker on a bloody trail of death that leads from Iraq and Afghanistan into the American heartland, to bases and backyards nationwide.
Julie Ingersoll


Doug Phillips' Biblical Patriarchy Scandal Moves to the Courts

Julie Ingersoll | April 17, 2014 | Religion
The complaint accuses Phillips of various sexual improprieties, emotional damage related to that impropriety and even fraud, invoking his status as the defendant's former pastor, counselor and employer. It also brings charges against Phillips' ministry and his business.
Bert McCracken


The War on Drugs

Bert McCracken | April 16, 2014 | Politics
With over $51 billion spent per year, the United States will arrest over 1.5 million people for nonviolent crimes, and the ethnic discrepancies are atrocious.
Adam Winkler


Bloomberg Gives Boost to Gun Control

Adam Winkler | April 16, 2014 | Politics
There are obvious hurdles to any gun control advocacy group. There are a lot of single-issue, pro-gun voters in America but not a lot of single-issue, pro-gun-control voters.
Amelia Shroyer


Stop Saying 'Rape' Out of Context

Amelia Shroyer | April 16, 2014 | Women
When I hear the word "rape," especially when it is used out of context, it makes me extremely uncomfortable. It can make me feel unsafe -- either physically or emotionally -- in the company of the people who've said it. It is painful; it makes me feel ashamed, used, and violated all over again.
Lorraine Devon Wilke


The Traffic Ticket Racket and Its Erosive Effect on Community Policing

Lorraine Devon Wilke | April 16, 2014 | Crime
I fought the law and the law didn't show up in traffic court the other day, so my case was summarily dismissed. Oh, happy day... sort of. After paying the $367 fine up front, taking two days out of my life to...
J. Peter Donald

One Lesson We Must Learn From the Boston Marathon Bombing

J. Peter Donald | April 16, 2014 | Crime
Despite warnings and near-constant reminders, many governments and first-responder agencies haven't thought thoroughly about communicating with the public during a crisis. In fact, most haven't even written a crisis communications plan.
Adam Winstock

Could People Who Use Illegal Drugs Be Trusted Not to Lose Control if the Law Was Changed?

Adam Winstock | April 16, 2014 | Politics
As evidence mounts and coherent arguments call for a revision of existing drug laws, GDS2014 posed a few hypothetical questions to assess what the impact of reduced penalties for the possession of small amounts of drugs might be on drug use and related behaviors.
Thomas R. Insel

A Misfortune, Not a Crime

Thomas R. Insel | April 16, 2014 | Politics
There are now 10 times more people with serious mental illness in state prisons (207,000) and county jails (149,000) than there are in state mental hospitals (35,000). In 44 of the 50 states, the largest single "mental institution" is a prison or jail. How can this be possible?
Randy Susan Meyers


Why Women Can't Stop Domestic Violence Alone

Randy Susan Meyers | April 15, 2014 | Women
Victims cannot strategize their own rescue alone, much as we'd like to imagine that is true. We need to educate against using violence. We need a coordinated community response to protect our neighbors.
Andrew Woodman


Bringing Rehabilitation Back to Prisons

Andrew Woodman | April 16, 2014 | Politics
One of the biggest issues with ex-convicts is that they are released and are in the exact same situation they were that led them to being locked up. They're marginalized by society and now carry the stigma of being incarcerated. A college degree won't change all of that, but it's a great start.
Kevin Goodman

High School Student Allegedly Punished for Recording Bullies: Why It's Wrong

Kevin Goodman | April 16, 2014 | Crime
Last week, Priscilla Jones reported the story of a high school sophomore that recorded being bullied on his iPad and was then threatened with felony wiretapping after he took the recording to school administrators. The incident, according to Jones, occurred on February 11th at South Fayette High...
Bob Cowser


The Cost-Effective Hot Potato

Bob Cowser | April 14, 2014 | Education
I understood legacy -- I was likely teaching in prisons because my father had done it in my childhood. I remember he drove a car from the motor pool of the small southern university where he taught to a state prison two hours away to teach composition to inmates.
Philip Russo


National Crime Victims' Rights Week 2014

Philip Russo | April 14, 2014 | Crime
We need to increase awareness to the needs of victims and not just hand out plaques.
Mike Weisser


Gun Violence Is a Public Health Issue -- Doctors Should Treat It That Way

Mike Weisser | April 14, 2014 | Politics
As so much of the current gun debate is generated by fear -- fear of crime, fear of violence, fear of government -- physicians should bring their clinical experiences in managing fear to this debate and thus provide patients with sound and effective alternatives to picking up a gun.
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