Jury duty starts with a summons. The government officially demands you show up at a courthouse on a specific day and time. Not asks, not invites, demands.
The recent Louisiana and Minnesota shootings, combined with the Dallas police ambush, painfully bring to the forefront, Black Americans' deep feelings of mistrust and anger at our justice system.
As a self-proclaimed "woke" white dude, it's sometimes difficult to know how to participate in conversations about race that matter deeply to me. The last thing I want to do is suck up oxygen from the voices that need to be heard.
In this time when our self-inflicted troubles seem so obvious but the possibility of change -- that is to say, political transformation, through awareness, compassion and common sense -- feels more illusory than ever, something extraordinary, that is to say real, is on the brink of happening in Chicago.
Former President Bill Clinton made headlines last week when, in response to protests, he defended Hillary Clinton's description of urban youths as "super-predators" during his administration.
These bills would address this racial unfairness by allowing individuals with a modestly greater criminal history to qualify for safety valve relief.
We must act upon his warnings if our children, nation's future and founding principles -- subverted and still sullied by the legacies of slavery, Native American genocide, exclusion of women and non-propertied men of all colors from our electoral processes -- are to be saved.
There is a growing consensus that reforming mandatory minimum sentencing laws will make the public safer and save tax payers money. States that repealed or reformed their mandatory sentencing laws have seen their crime rates and their prison populations decrease.
America's Cradle to Prison Pipeline is a toxic cocktail of poverty, illiteracy, racial disparities, violence and massive incarceration which sentences millions of children of color to social and economic death. Once young people have entered, to many they become just a statistic.
Last month, Huffington Post reporter Matt Ferner published an article proclaiming that Americans are sick of the 'tough on crime' era." However, the economic prospect of prisoners has been a part of the American justice system for decades, and it is still alive and well.
The story of the Democratic primaries is Hillary Clinton's leftward shift. (It remains unclear whether the story's a fiction.) Strangely, a key posit...
From Ferguson, Missouri, to Charleston, South Carolina, communities are suffering the lethal consequences of our collective silence about racial injustice. The church should be a source of truth in a nation that has lost its way. As the dominant religion in the United States, Christianity is directly implicated when we Christians fail to speak more honestly about the legacy of racial inequality.
No one wants to be charged with a crime. But, if you are, or, if one of your friends or loved ones is, here are five things to consider when deciding whether you've got a good defense attorney or not.
There are a million people right now writing, talking, and bloviating about Netflix's Making A Murderer -- heck, I should know, my first blog was about the show -- and one reason is that the name of the series, in and of itself, is a stroke of genius.
Not all "paid" lawyers are good attorneys, and not all "court-appointed" lawyers and public defenders are bad. However, it is a sad but true fact, as Making A Murderer ably illustrates, that the quality of justice in this country directly correlates to the amount of resources a defendant has.
Read about how gripping Making a Murderer is. Checked how much running time episodes had left. Tweeted about how gripping Making a Murderer is. Googled the definition of "deposition." Tutted, shook my head, said "sh*t."