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Broad New Reform Effort Could Provide Opening For Conservatives

Washington Monthly | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics

American streets are much safer today than they were thirty years ago, and until recently most conservatives had a simple explanation: more prison bed...

So What's Wrong With The States?

Martin Varsavsky | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Martin Varsavsky

Most of my friends in the USA agree on what is great about this nation. But when I speak to some American friends they seem to be unaware of the shortcomings of the USA compared to others, and this is what I would like to focus on. Here are some quick examples.

Juvenile Hall Is No Place for Kids

Tamar Birckhead | Posted 12.31.2012 | Crime
Tamar Birckhead

The rundown building is surrounded by barbed wire. Inside, kids sleep in narrow locked cells, no different from what you'd find in an adult jail. They are subjected to strip searches and attend an hour or two of "school" in a crowded room filled with a random selection of books.

Study: Crack Cocaine Markets Responsible For Decline In Black Male Graduation Rates

Posted 10.19.2012 | Education

A recent study attributes the emergence of a black-white education gap in the mid-1980s to a rise in crack cocaine markets. The authors — William...

Is the Best Response to the Mexican Drug War Laughter?

Anthony Papa | Posted 12.17.2012 | Comedy
Anthony Papa

Is the Drug War something to laugh at? The team at Narco News TV, under the helm of publisher Al Giordano, have been insisting for years that if we laugh at the war, we just might be able to weaken it and then defeat it.

Radley Balko

Our Broken Criminal Justice System: The Issues No One Is Talking About | Radley Balko | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics

Our broken criminal justice system wasn't discussed in the first two 2012 debates, and it's unlikely it will be addressed in the two that remain. In f...

Presidential Debates Ignore Other Big Ticket Items

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

These are the same issues that the two have talked to near life support for months on end. The pundits, a big chunk of the media, and millions of Americans can virtually recite by rote the punch lines of both candidates on these issues. They are that familiar and worked over.

Middle of Nowhere: A Movie Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Middle of Nowhere is beautifully drawn and poetically written. It teaches about family, race, character and the often unknowable arc of a life, without becoming pedantic or pretending to have answers.

The Truth About Decline and the Declining Truth

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

We undermine the basic concept of 'one-citizen one-vote' with the Electoral College, an idea that may have seemed like a good idea in 1789 but has not been emulated by other countries for countless reasons.

We Are The 100 Percent

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 11.30.2012 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

As Election Day approaches, much of the nation must surely be experiencing Percent Fatigue. Permit me to inject one more into the mix in an effort to bring this cycle to its necessary fruition: In the end, this election is about the 100 Percent.

Give Democracy a Chance

Marianne Williamson | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

I hope that in the next chapter of American politics -- the one that begins the day after this next election -- the people of the United States will say where we want to go. And democracy, with all its grit and genuine glory, will have a chance.

Shocker: America Spends $2.16 Trillion on Violence Annually

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

One out of every 7 dollars spent in the U.S. is spent containing violence. Is this really how we want to measure America's success, how we want to develop as a society, and how we want to leave the world for our children and our children's children?

Do Elderly Inmates Belong in Illinois' Prisons?

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 11.22.2012 | Chicago
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Although effective prison hospice programs exist, a more cost-effective, compassionate choice would be partnering with hospice agencies outside of the prison system who would bring holistic care to the inmate while facilitating life closure.

Science, Standards and Forensics: Part III

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 11.10.2012 | Crime
Brandon L. Garrett

Our entire system of forensics needs to be shored up -- and Congress may finally be responding to the crisis.

Why Should We Vote YES on Prop 36 (Three Strikes Reform Initiative) on the November California Ballot?

Quora | Posted 11.09.2012 | Politics

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Kenyatta Leal, San Quentin State Prison Inmate Proposition 36 would not only reserve LIFE sentences...

Jazz Hayden's Struggle: A Primer for Understanding the Bankruptcy of the Prison Industrial Complex

Johanna Fernandez | Posted 11.05.2012 | Crime
Johanna Fernandez

Hayden is just one of dozens of New York City activists facing criminal charges believed to have been leveled against them by the courts and the police in retaliation for their civilian challenges to police authority.

A Discussion About Drug Policy Is Long Overdue

Maria McFarland | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Maria McFarland

2012-08-28-scblog2.png Of the many issues that national politicians routinely gloss over during campaign season, one they're least likely to touch -- and haven't, in any real way, since the 1980s -- is drug policy. But the country ignores the issue at its own peril.

It's Time to Abandon Nixon's War on Drugs

Laura Carlsen | Posted 11.04.2012 | Business
Laura Carlsen

2012-08-28-scblog2.png A refusal to address the disastrous war on drugs and propose alternatives ignores public demands for change and places cowardice before the fundamental responsibility of creating viable and fair public policies.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Invited to Speak at the Republican National Convention Despite Shameful Record

Laura Merriman | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Laura Merriman

One of the United States' cruelest elected officials, Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, will speak to delegates at the Republican Conventio...

Meet the Industry That Makes the Koch Brothers Look Poor (VIDEO)

Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava

The United States is paying top dollar for an incarceration system that's unfair and doesn't work. Fortunately, there are alternative approaches to public safety.

States with Harsh Drug Sentencing Working Towards Reform

The Huffington Post | Patrice Peck | Posted 08.29.2012 | Black Voices

There are more black men behind bars or under the watch of the criminal justice system than there were enslaved in 1850, wrote Michelle Alexander, aut...

Revolving Door

Jaime Zucker | Posted 10.20.2012 | College
Jaime Zucker

As I sit in the sweltering heat of a poorly-ventilated meeting room, facing a man who cannot even wipe the sweat from his forehead with his hands cuffed and chained to his waist, I wonder if this is really going to make New Orleans a safer place.

Giving Prisoners a Second Chance Means Removing the Barriers to Reentry

Shon Hopwood | Posted 10.20.2012 | Crime
Shon Hopwood

Every year state and federal prisons release more than 650,000 people, a population equal to that of Seattle or Boston. Rather than providing the means for a successful transition, many states and the federal government hurl prisoners out into the world with little or no support.

There Are No 'Perfect Victims'

Chi Mgbako | Posted 10.14.2012 | Impact
Chi Mgbako

When many people think of typical victims of human rights abuse, they often conjure up stereotypical images of passive and powerless people.

What Does the First Day of a 5+ Year Prison Sentence Feel Like?

Quora | Posted 10.10.2012 | Crime

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Jean-François Noubel, Founder of CIRI -- the Collective Intelligence Research Institute, http://noub...