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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Bill Could Keep Kids Out of Solitary and Reunite Families

Karen Dolan | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Karen Dolan

Weldon Angelos is a young father who wouldn't have been able to be in his two children's lives until he was 80 and his children were old and grey themselves. Angelos made mistakes and sold some marijuana.

FBI Director Says He Can't Force Police To Provide Shooting Data

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that he doesn't have the power to force law enforcement agencies across the country to report inf...

Senate Reaches Long-Sought Agreement On Criminal Justice Overhaul

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators has reached a long-sought agreement on changes to the criminal justice system that would reduc...

Why I Changed My Mind to Oppose the Death Penalty

Steve Westly | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Steve Westly

The death penalty is simply not worth the cost. The money we spend on our failed death penalty program in California could pay for 1,500 new police officers, or 3,000 new teachers, or the cost of pre-K for 20,000 children. These are the type of investments we need to make to provide security and opportunity for the next generation of Californians.

Some Inmates Pope Francis Met Are In Jail Only Because They're Poor

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- When Pope Francis visited an overcrowded prison on Sunday, he talked to inmates about the need for "rehabilitation" and for ...

Pope Francis Tells Inmates That Society Can't Ignore Their Pain

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis took a message of hope to about a hundred individuals currently incarcerated in an overcrowded facility in the City...

President Obama's Human Rights Report to China

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Jonathan Marshall

In summit discussions with President Xi Jinping of China, President Barack Obama might want to open new lines of communication over human rights by reflecting candidly on America's own failings, following a script something like this:

Pope's Prison Visit Highlights High Cost Of Mass Incarceration

Michael Mitchell | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Michael Mitchell

Pope Francis's visit to a Philadelphia prison this weekend will serve as a reminder of the heavy cost of today's high incarceration levels for families, neighborhoods and states.

Alabama's Chemical Endangerment Laws: Where the War on Drugs Meets the War on Women

Katherine Koster | Posted 09.25.2015 | Crime
Katherine Koster

The criminalization of drug use during pregnancy as "fetal endangerment" is not a new revelation. But the extent to which pregnant women are being criminalized for drug use is.

Pope Francis Will Meet A Guy Locked Up For Selling Pot

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics

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Congress Loved It When The Pope Mentioned 'Life.' The Death Penalty? Not So Much.

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics

Alluding to Jesus' message to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you," Pope Francis had bold words about all human life in his speec...

Decision Points: Pursuing Innovation in Prosecution

David LaBahn | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
David LaBahn

Though complicated and varied factors contribute to the overuse of jails in our communities and the disproportionate jailing of people of color, prosecutors' actions can and should play a leadership role in addressing these problems.

Listen In As New Hampshire Judges Send Poor People To Jail

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "What if I don't have the money?" the man asked the judge. He was in court because he hadn't completed the 32 hours of community s...

How the Pope Could Help Prison Reform

Karen Dolan | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Karen Dolan

With criminal justice reform a key piece of the Pope's message -- and one that goes far beyond that of the cost of incarceration -- he may be able to exploit this post-partisan moment and move some hearts, minds and ideologies toward real reform.

Against Solitary Confinement

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.22.2015 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Don't get me wrong: The most immoral prisoner has earned his government-sponsored home. Quite thoroughly. But by treating him in an inhumane manner that extends beyond confinement, we too become all too human. We too commit a moral wrong.

A Call to Leadership: Strategies for Building Restorative Communities

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 09.22.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Leaders are called upon to build new bridges, promote the common good, and uplift others. Restorative justice can serve as a tool for achieving these goals. Restorative justice focuses on the interrelatedness of the human experience and offers a framework for resolving conflict.

Pope Francis on Prison: 'I, Too, Could Be Here'

Cara H. Drinan | Posted 09.21.2015 | Crime
Cara H. Drinan

Pope Francis has made his pastoral care for the imprisoned a very personal cause. When he visits prisons, he embraces the inmates physically and emotionally.

Georgia Man on the Road to Recovery After Four Decades

The Stepping Up Initiative | Posted 09.18.2015 | Impact
The Stepping Up Initiative

Before my recovery, I was all of those horrible, scary things that you hear about regarding mental illness and addiction. I was that in spades, not only on the outside, but on the inside as well.

Reentry Supportive Housing Gaining Traction

Deborah De Santis | Posted 09.18.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

All levels of government should adopt requirements making it clear housing that benefits from government funding cannot be denied to those with a criminal justice history unless there is a legitimate public safety reason for doing so.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Black Family In The Age Of Mass Incarceration

The Atlantic | Whitney Snyder | Posted 09.14.2015 | Black Voices

After decades of mass incarceration that have left the United States with the largest incarcerated population in the world, politicians of all str...

Justice For Josiah

Jessica Denis | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Jessica Denis

A 3-year-old has lost his life, a mother has lost her son and a family has lost their star. The child lost his life at the hands of one person; that one person who was always supposed to protect his son. On September 5, 2015 near Memphis, TN, 3-year-old Josiah was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Survival of the Prettiest: Looks Really Can Kill

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Forget the debates. Why do people often prefer one candidate over another? It all depends on how they look. Research shows that without even realizin...

The School-to-Prison Pipeline Is Institutional Racism

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 09.09.2015 | Education
Alexander Reynolds

The school-to-prison pipeline is a no-nonsense trend in American education, where children are directed straight from the classroom and into the bureaucratic clutches of the criminal justice system.

Broken Criminal Justice System Is Highlighted at March for Mental Health Dignity

Susan Rogers | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Susan Rogers

There was a lot said, shouted, chanted and sung at the March for Mental Health Dignity on the National Mall on August 24 about the rights of individuals with mental health conditions -- of whom I am one.

Black Crime Rates: Your Statistics Are Racist

Kim Farbota | Posted 09.02.2015 | Crime
Kim Farbota

There is a common conservative narrative that the disproportionate incarceration of black people is not the result of systemic racism, but rather of shortcomings within the black community.This "fact" is used to justify a belief that a "culture of violence" is to blame for problems faced by black people in America.