One of the most desperate moments of my life happened when I was in prison. I was standing in the prison yard in San Diego and I thought, "How did I...
Norway's prison system is based on the concept of restorative justice, which repairs the harm caused by crime instead of punishing individuals. Prisoners are treated like human beings and live in a humane environment.
I've been arrested before at other protests, in both Oakland and San Francisco. In my experience, the arresting officers have been kind and polite. But as the phalanx of officers moved in, I noticed one in particular, her hair pulled back in a severe bun, framing a face creased with anger.
Scalia's profound skepticism about the powers of government along with his fervent advocacy of what he perceived as the original intentions of the constitution's founders created a perfect storm to occasionally count his vote in a way that favored criminal defendants.
No, it wasn't just your imagination -- it was a very different message. Is that a good thing?
While Moore's previous films utilized satire and gallows humor to show how bad things in America really are, Where to Invade Next smartly assumes you already know America's pain points and doesn't dwell on them long.
The Illinois Department of Corrections houses more than 45,000 inmates in 25 correctional facilities throughout the state. In Illinois, felonies, ...
Maryland's legislature today voted to override a gubernatorial veto and restored voting rights to an estimated 40,000 citizens with past criminal convictions. This is a major step forward in the effort to reform the nation's harsh and antiquated disenfranchisement laws.
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 ...
As many as five million undocumented immigrants are waiting in limbo as the Supreme Court reviews challenges to President Obama's 2014 executive actions, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). But there's one group that's more than happy with the status quo.
In the legal lexicon, words take on meanings that are both specific and even counterintuitive. The legislators who drafted the California Penal Code knew this well and specifically defined a "violent" felony under California law.
Drug treatment courts are a feel good innovation for advocates of criminal justice reform that is misleading the public into believing that judges are wiser than doctors concerning the treatment of those with substance use disorder.
We've been heading in the wrong direction and depriving our young people of the chance to reach their full potential, and too often we are punishing children for symptoms of health problems. We should reconsider how we work with adolescents who are crying out for help even as they make youthful mistakes.
As the Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, I have time and again seen the power of positive mentorship. With encouragement and opportunity, many of the roughly 424,000 children in America's foster system go on to lead successful lives.
We have serious doubts that we'll see Trump at any future debates -- after all, if he can blow them off with impunity, why would he subject himself to them in the first place?
As we commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness month, we should be especially concerned with healing victims of the kind of trauma caused by being trafficked for sex, even if those victims have acted out violently.