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Criminal Justice Reforms Must Include Youth Behind Bars

Liz Ryan | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Liz Ryan

The president and congress should not leave out youth behind bars in efforts to reform criminal justice this year and their actions must focus on reforms at both the federal and state level. Kalief Browder and Andre Sheffield's deaths are a sobering reminder to the president and the congress of the urgency and the need to ensure youth behind bars are not left behind.

My Civic Duty: The Chaos

Lisa Page Rosenberg | Posted 05.09.2015 | Crime
Lisa Page Rosenberg

Jury duty is completely inconvenient. Trials can get tedious. There is a lot of waiting around in empty hallways. Yet, the next time I receive a jury notice in the mail, I won't try to get out of it.

Getting it Right: Raising the Age and Justice System Reforms for Adolescents

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 02.10.2014 | New York
Brooklyn Defender Services

New York remains one of just two states nationally that prosecute sixteen and seventeen year-olds in adult criminal court, despite extensive research indicating that these practices are not effective at reducing criminality.

Judge Cannon's Rap

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

Outside of legal circles, it is a little known fact that judges, like criminal defendants, have "rap sheets" -- cases involving past misconduct. A judge's "priors" include everything from reversals by higher courts to biases documented in court-reported transcripts.

Judging Children as Children: Partnering With Families for Our Children's Future

Michael A. Corriero | Posted 08.14.2012 | Crime
Michael A. Corriero

New York's policy of trying children as adults leaves in its wake thousands of missed opportunities to productively partner with families, to ensure that our youth realize their full potential and avoid future involvement with the criminal justice system.

Dan Froomkin

Holder Picks Wrong Crowd For Defense Of Military Commissions | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder, whose decision to try 9/11 terror suspects in criminal court appears likely to be overruled by the White House political...

Doubt and the Death Penalty

Cyrus Vance | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cyrus Vance

Victims of crime deserve justice. Those who commit crimes must be held accountable for their actions. But just as we prosecute, we also must safeguard the rights of the innocent.