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The Death Penalty in America Today

Johanna Wald | Posted 05.20.2016 | Crime
Johanna Wald

Last week's news told us everything we need to know about the death penalty in America today. On Thursday, May 12, in Alabama, the scheduled executi...

Supreme Court Rules There's No Such Thing As A Right To Being Thrown In Prison Quickly

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the Constitution doesn't guarantee people convicted of crimes the right to receive a sentence as quickly...

Jury: Cinemark Theater Chain Not Liable In 2012 Colorado Movie Massacre

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 05.19.2016 | Crime

DENVER (Reuters) - The owners of a Colorado movie theater where a gunman killed 12 people during the screening of a Batman film in 2012 are not liable...

Former North Carolina Chief Justice: I Can No Longer Support The Death Penalty

I. Beverly Lake, Jr. | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
I. Beverly Lake, Jr.

After decades of experience with the law, I have seen too much, and what I have seen has impacted my perspective. Our inability to determine who possesses sufficient culpability to warrant a death sentence draws into question whether the death penalty can ever be constitutional under the Eighth Amendment.

'Daze of Justice' Explores Cambodia's Trauma of Silence

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Andrew Lam

In the early 90s while a graduate student in the creative writing program at San Francisco State University, I became a cub reporter and got a juicy a...

For Dallas Mental Health Officer, issue hits close to home

The Stepping Up Initiative | Posted 05.17.2016 | Impact
The Stepping Up Initiative

In 2004, my department asked me to take over the agency's mental health training. I didn't know much about mental health, so I went to many training p...

Why We Can't Afford to Wait for Federal Sentencing Reform

Jeremy Haile | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Jeremy Haile

With a limited legislative calendar this year, time is running out for the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act -- a bipartisan bill to reduce drug penalties that have contributed to an 800% increase in the federal prison population since 1980.

The Biggest Criminal Justice Experiment Is Taking Place In Maryland

The Huffington Post | Annum Masroor | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics

He was a 72-year-old man with a messed-up back and he knew he shouldn’t be lifting this stuff, but he was here to help a friend move, and so were so...

Springfield: Stop the Destruction of Police Misconduct Records

Hilary Gowins | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

Now, more than ever, the public is scrutinizing the Chicago Police Department, or CPD. But Chicagoans and watchdogs face a major hurdle when it comes to keeping an eye on bad actors within the force.

Will a Corporate Carve-Out Derail Criminal Justice Reform?

Sen. Dick Durbin | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Sen. Dick Durbin

Criminal justice reform is one of the few legislative issues that could move forward in this highly partisan election year. But this long-awaited reform is in serious danger because of efforts by big corporations and their allies to include a "get-out-of-jail-free" card for white collar offenders.

Obama Commutes Sentences Of 58 Federal Prisoners

Reuters | Sara Bondioli | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has commuted the prison terms of 58 people, nearly a third of whom were serving life sentences, the...

Attorney General Requests Nation's Governors Issue Valid IDs to Released Prisoners

Laura Goldman | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Laura Goldman

In the last year of his presidency, Barack Obama has become serious about criminal justice reform. The Department of Justice declared April 24-30 as ...

Obama's Supreme Court Nominee Bragged About Sending This Man To Prison. Now He's Free.

The Huffington Post | Emily L. Judd | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland introduced himself to the country in a Rose Garden address in March, he told the story of one...

The Time Is Now to Invest in Second Chances

Equal Justice Works | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Equal Justice Works

We are a society committed to the principle of equal justice under the law and our system is based on the principle that the punishment should fit the...

Supreme Court Gives Prisoner Rare Second Chance To Fight Alabama's Death Sentencing Scheme

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics

A death row prisoner might get a rare second chance to argue the constitutionality of Alabama's capital punishment scheme. After once turning down a r...

Children Deserve Better from Florida's Justice System

Cassandra Capobianco | Posted 04.29.2016 | Impact
Cassandra Capobianco

I remember being eight years old and looking at my (not-so-nice but very "grown-up") babysitter, who was 12 years old, thinking, "When I am 12, I will...

With Re-Entry Resources, Focus and Commitment, I'm Actually Living the Life I Planned For While Incarcerated

Andre Gaskin | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Andre Gaskin

After being gone for so long, you need support to transition back into society. You need information. You need a network. You need people around you who actually have access to the services that will help you. And you need those right away if you want to earn money and sustain yourself.

How Planting Trees Helped An Ex-Offender Turn His Life Around

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.29.2016 | Impact

Life is looking up for Michael Samuels: Since his 2010 release from prison, he has completed parole, moved from Washington D.C. to North Carolina to b...

How Millions of U.S. Children Are Abused and Devastated by Mass Incarceration

Karen Dolan | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics
Karen Dolan

At a time when millions of our children are already suffering from poverty, from domestic abuse, from a school-to-prison-pipeline and a broken juvenile justice system, how can it be that we also are allowing over five million children to be traumatized by the loss of parents caught in the hysteria of mass incarceration?

Why Juvenile Justice Reform Is Necessary to Restore Opportunity to Youth

Monique Rizer | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Monique Rizer

Recidivism rates for youth involved in the system have remained persistently high. However, reforming the system would prevent youthful mistakes from becoming life long barriers to opportunity and help young adults get back on track to the American Dream.

Explaining The Trump / Republican Base Part 3: "Impact" of Journalists

Franklin T. Wilson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.26.2016 | Media
Franklin T. Wilson, Ph.D.

Photo courtesy of Adobe "The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer." Edward R. Murrow For those who are unfam...

How Housing Improves Public Safety

Deborah De Santis | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

At first glance, the connection between improving public safety and ensuring a person leaving jail or prison has fair access to housing may not seem o...

How (Not) To Address A Drug Crisis

Julie Stewart | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Julie Stewart

This election year is the 30th anniversary of the creation of mandatory minimum sentences for federal drug crimes. The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 is ...

Supreme Court to Decide Whether States Can Make You Leave Your Fourth Amendment Rights at the DMV

Evan Bernick | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Can states make you abandon your Fourth Amendment rights if you want to enjoy the "privilege" of driving? That's the question at the heart of one of the most consequential cases that the Supreme Court will decide this term, in terms of practical impact upon ordinary Americans.

Dallas Inventor Uses Entrepreneurship to Change Lives and Fuel Second Chances

Robert D. Ashford | Posted 04.15.2016 | Business
Robert D. Ashford

Finding role models in our communities, ones that truly give back and embody positive values, isn't always easy. When you do find one, like Cheri, you keep them in your lives as long as you can.