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Johnny L. Ricks

End the Suffering in Flint: A Message to America and Its Government

Johnny L. Ricks | February 8, 2016 | Politics
The citizens of Flint deserve much more than a steady convoy of trucks carrying privately donated bottled water. They deserve a full-fledged humanitarian military deployment, and a steady convoy of trucks carrying the equipment needed to repair their broken infrastructure and homes.
Raleigh Sadler

Finding Hope in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Raleigh Sadler | February 8, 2016 | Religion
Human trafficking, or the exploitation of vulnerabilities for commercial gain, can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. This type of injustice is nothing new.
Sharda Sekaran

Michael Moore's New Film Features Portugal's Groundbreaking Policy of Not Arresting People for Drug Use

Sharda Sekaran | February 8, 2016 | Politics
Many Americans may not be aware of Portugal and its foray into becoming a global leader in drug policy innovation. Nearly fifteen years ago, in response to a growing opiate misuse public health crisis, the government of Portugal shifted their entire approach to drug use away from arrest and punishment and towards public health.
Andrew Stengel

Lions and Tigers and Kangaroos -- in New York City -- Oh My!

Andrew Stengel | February 8, 2016 | Crime
The list of banned wild animals in New York City also includes pets that could be kept in an aquarium: venomous spiders like tarantulas and many kinds of venomous snakes.
Skyler Gray

If the O.J. Simpson Trial Happened in 2016

Skyler Gray | February 8, 2016 | Crime
Growing up in a family of criminal defense lawyers in Los Angeles, I naturally became fascinated with the O.J. Simpson murder trial at a young age. I was six years old during Simpson's 1995 trial, but I surely remember hearing people talk about the case, watching the Bronco car chase...
Marian Wright Edelman

Leading the March Towards Criminal Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | February 5, 2016 | Politics
Bryan Stevenson is unwavering in that vision and in lifting his voice of great moral clarity at the forefront of the struggle. Every new hard-earned and overdue victory should remind us all that we must keep moving towards greater justice for all.
Ariel Zwang

Sex Trafficking Increases Around The Super Bowl. Truth Or Myth?

Ariel Zwang | February 5, 2016 | Impact
Texas Governor Greg Abbott previously went on record to call the Super Bowl "the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States." This simply isn't true. The Super Bowl sex trafficking hype is just that.
Kevin Sali

Bill Cosby's Chances on Appeal Could Depend on the Judge's Reason for Denying His Motion

Kevin Sali | February 5, 2016 | Crime
Bill Cosby has lost his first battle on the issue of whether an alleged 2005 agreement with a prosecutor bars his current Pennsylvania prosecution. The judge ruled at the end of the hearing, denying Cosby's motion to dismiss.
Jill Amery

An Open Letter to Sexual Assault Victims

Jill Amery | February 5, 2016 | Crime
It's all over the news, and as the Jian Ghomeshi trial begins, my hands are frigid. Yours may be, too. There are so many of us who have been sexual assault victims.
The Conversation US

New Initiative From Governor Jerry Brown Could Reform Sentencing In California, Cut Prison Terms

The Conversation US | February 5, 2016 | Crime
The initiative seeks to reintroduce parole hearings and early releases. If it passes, nonviolent felons will come up for parole once they complete the basic term for their original offense.
Michael Skolnik

The Day This Flint Mother Told Me How America Poisoned Her Baby Girl

Michael Skolnik | February 4, 2016 | Politics
None of this ever had to happen. But in 2014, an inadequate Republican governor, who is still in power today, tried to cut costs and Flint's entire water supply was poisoned. This is criminal. We have poisoned our children. American babies. American children. Our own people.
Kassandra Frederique

Annual Arrests for Marijuana in NYC Drop From Nearly 51,000 in 2011 to Under 17,000 in 2015

Kassandra Frederique | February 4, 2016 | New York
We are now back to where we started in 1996, except this time we know what happens when we embrace failed drug war tactics -- it's time for a new approach.
Adam Levin

Identity Theft Is Dead. Long Live Identity Theft!

Adam Levin | February 4, 2016 | Crime
The cardinal rule of the identity theft quagmire is simply that, sooner or later, every last one of us will get got. No exceptions. Now say it with me: "It's just a matter of time."
Christopher Zoukis

Books: A Gateway to Greater Literacy for Prison Inmates

Christopher Zoukis | February 3, 2016 | Education
Books are a way of getting away and seeing things from a new perspective no matter where you are, even more so if you don't have the opportunity to do so otherwise.
Andrew Stengel

Even in New York City, Exposing One's Penis to a Police Officer May Be a Lewd Act

Andrew Stengel | February 3, 2016 | Crime
Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously wrote that he could not define pornography, "But I know it when I see it." A Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge recently decided that she could define a lewd act when he saw it, and he knew it from a defendant's exposed penis.
Nadya Tolokonnikova

Criminal Godfathers and Dirty Birds

Nadya Tolokonnikova | February 3, 2016 | World
There are criminal godfathers sitting on the top of prosecution pyramids who have committed crimes more virulent than 90% of those serving their time in prisons now.
Dr. Kirk Anthony James

An Ode to Moya: Love in the Era of Mass Incarceration

Dr. Kirk Anthony James | February 3, 2016 | Black Voices
This ode is devoted to all the women -- girlfriends, wives, mothers and daughters -- who have had to journey to prisons, jails and correctional facilities all across America, all in hopes, of keeping LOVE alive.
Kevin Sali

The Answer to This Question May Determine Bill Cosby's Fate

Kevin Sali | February 3, 2016 | Crime
Based on the evidence presented at the hearing, I still think there's a real possibility that Cosby could succeed with this motion, at least in part. The result may turn on some key differences between the two sides' portrayals of what happened back in 2005.
Christopher Zoukis

As Prisons Stay Crowded, California's Governor Pushes Ballot Initiative to Cut Inmate Population

Christopher Zoukis | February 4, 2016 | Crime
By Christopher Zoukis Midway through his first term as governor of California, in 1976 Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr. signed into law a strict mandatory sentencing measure. The "determinate" sentencing bill set fixed lengths of time that had to be served before an inmate could be considered for parole. Now,...
Paul Iorio

The Day I Confronted O.J. Simpson.

Paul Iorio | February 5, 2016 | Crime
O.J. Simpson signs autographs for fans outside the Santa Monica Courthouse, August 1997. (Photo by Paul Iorio.) In August 1997, I confronted O.J. Simpson in a Santa Monica courthouse, went right up to him and asked, "O.J., have you had...
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